Saturday, March 20 & Sunday, March 21, 2021 • Asheville, NC • Course Map
Completed in 1895, the Biltmore Estate just outside Asheville, N.C., was the home of George Washington Vanderbilt II and remains within the Vanderbilt family to this day, making it the largest privately owned home anywhere in the United States, with more than 250 rooms that all together measure up to nearly 179,000 square feet.
Right outside the Chateauesque-style mansion are 75 acres of some of the finest examples of French and English landscape gardens, which together with the European style architecture of the mansion and the surrounding buildings have earned it a spot on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Open to public tours since the early 1930s, the Biltmore also has its own bowling alley, indoor swimming pool and a two-story library.
That’s what runners will make their way past and around at the Asheville Marathon & Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate, which shares the same starting and finish line as the full marathon, at the Biltmore Winery in the Biltmore Village, just to the northwest of the estate grounds.
From there, runners in the half marathon will share about 10 miles of the full marathon route, making a clockwise, out-and-back loop that takes them through the estate’s roughly 125,000 acres of Appalachian forest lands. The first few miles, before runners make it to the estate itself, are much hiller than the remainder of the course, which is very fast and flat from the midpoint of the race on.
Once runners make it to the Biltmore mansion, the course follows a winding route with several twists and turns. They’ll run all the way around the enormous, manicured green lawn in front of the mansion, right past its front door, and then back again along the lawn before heading south along Approach Road into the gardens nearby.
After that, there’s about another mile of the course before runners reach the French Broad River, where they’ll run onto the trail that parallels the river flowing by. They’ll stay on this river trail for the next 4 miles until they reach the next turnaround across the river from Carrier Park, where they’ll begin the stretch that leads them back to the winery for the race finish.
Runners looking for an extra challenge can take on the Backyard to Vineyard challenge by also running in the full marathon the next morning, or the Backyard to Backyard challenge by completing the half marathon course again the next day.
Entry into the race is limited to the first 1,500 people who sign up, so organizers urge runners to register as soon as possible — this race will sell out, they say.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in western North Carolina, roughly halfway between Charlotte and Knoxville, Tenn., Asheville typically sees cold to mild weather in March, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 4 degrees (in 1980) and as high as 87 degrees (in 1985). Snow is always a possibility, as the city sees an average of 2.4 inches in March.
On race day (March 20), the average low is 36ºF and the average high is 58ºF.
- 2019 Asheville Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate Saturday Results | Sunday Results
- 2018 Asheville Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate Saturday Results | Sunday Results
- 2017 Asheville Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate Saturday Results | Sunday Results
- 2016 Asheville Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate Results
- 2015 Asheville Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate Results
- 2014 Asheville Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate Results
- $135 for either half marathon
- $150 for the full marathon
- prices subject to increase as race day approaches
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of the Asheville Marathon or Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate, register online at RaceRoster.com here.
Official Race Website
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