Race Information & Details 

The race is relatively new, started in 2013, this year will be the fourth edition. This event has been expanced to include a challenge with requires runners to complete both the half and full events.


  •  Half Marathon — 13.1 miles 
  •  Full Marathon — 26.2 miles 
  •  Two Day Challenge — 39.3 miles

Dates and Start Times:

  • Half Marathon — Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:15AM 
  • Full Marathon — Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7:15AM

Location: Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

What you get: 

  • Your race entry
  • Race shirt
  • Finisher medal
  • Fleece blanket
  • Goody bag

Race Entry Fees:

Backyard to Vineyard Challenge Fees (Entry to both the half and full)

  • $200 until April 30th, 2015
  • $225 until November 16th, 2015
  • $250 until December 14th, 2015
  • $275 until February 29th, 2016 or sold out

Full Marathon Entry Fees

  • $125 until April 30th, 2015
  • $135 until November 16th, 2015
  • $145 until December 14th, 2015
  • $155 until February 29th, 2016 or sold out

Half Marathon Entry Fees

  • $95 until April 30th, 2015
  • $100 until November 16th, 2015
  • $105 until December 14th, 2015
  • $125 until February 29th, 2016 or sold out

Online Registration: Signup at IMAthlete

Race Expo: The race expo is at the DoubleTree Hotel in the Biltmore Village. It is open on for two days. Friday March 11th from 12-7PM and Saturday, March 12 from 12-5PM. for more info check out the Race Expo Page


Asheville Marathon Coupons

As I am new to this race I am not sure what and when coupons are given out. When I see Biltmore marathon coupons I will add them to this post. If you know of any coupons contact me and I will add them here. Also let me know if you would be interested in being emailed when a new Asheville coupon is found?

Here are the coupons I am aware of for the 2016 Race.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Coupons

  • $10 off the Full Marathon use code: AVLMARATHONTHANKFUL
  • $20 off the two day Backyard to Vineyard Challenge use code: AVLCHALLENGETHANKFUL

Where to Stay

From what I understand you can stay on the estate (two hotels) or in the village just off the estate (about a dozen hotels).

Hotels options on Biltmore Estate

Inn on Biltmore Estate

OFFICIAL inn 650Photo by The Biltmore Company

I think the Inn on Biltmore Estate is a pretty fancy hotel and is about 3 miles away from the start. There is a Race Group Rate of $169 for weekends and $149 for week days. Rooms are easily $350+ per night so that is a pretty good deal.

Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate

OFFICIAL village hotel at biltmore estate 700 278Photo by The Biltmore Company

The Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate opened in Dec 2015 and is more relaxed, which I think is a nice way to say not as expensive and fancy. This hotel is about 500 yards from the start line. Given the choice between the two we are staying at this hotel. We are also traveling with two kids. The group rate is $149 for weekend and $109 for weekdays. I think the rooms here can also also be $250/night

Staying close to the start and plenty for the kids to do was a big factor in choosing to stay on the estate. If I were traveling by myself I would have opted for the lowest cost room.

Hotel options not on Biltmore Estate

There are at least a half dozen hotels close by. they rance fom $90/night to $150/night. They include the DoubleTree, Residence Inn, Sleep Inn and Country Inn and Suites. Most will have Biltmore Race Group rates if you ask.

For more details and updated Group Rates go to the Official Race Website Hotel Page

Race Day Details

Marathon Race Day Schedule:

  • 7:15AM – Marathon Starts
  • 11:30AM – Elite Marathoners Award Ceremony
  • 12:30PM – Age Group / Masters / Top Local Athlete Award Cermony
  • 1:45PM – Remaining Age Groups and Best in Race Water Station Award Ceremony

Gear Check: I think there is a gear check but not positive

Start Corrals: Best I can tell is ther are no start corrals but not positive about that.

Course Writeup:


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Helpful Websites:


Asheville Marathon Event History

Innaugurial Event 2013: March 3, 2013

Shirt, Blanket & Finisher Medal


2013 Race Recaps

2013 Results


2nd Year: March 16, 2014

Shirt, Blanket & Finisher Medal


2014 Race Recaps


2014 Results


3rd Year: March 15, 2015

Shirt, Blanket & Finisher Medal


2015 Race Recaps


2015 Results


Thanks to Nicki Conroy

I would like to thank Nick Conroy at Nicki’s Nook 

When I was learning more about the Asheville Marathon, I found a helpful post and then email ed the author with a few questions. Nicki replied and was super helpful with my questions about the race.  

She has run the race several times before and is a Race Ambasador. For those not familiar a Race Ambassador is typically a blogger or social media personality that helps spread the good word about a race. In return I think they might get a free entry to the race. I think most people who are race ambassadors do it because they love the race and genuinely like to help other runners and work to ensure a successful event.

Thanks Nicki!