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North Carolina > Asheville Citizen-Times Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Asheville, NC  •  Saturday, September 28, 2013  •  Course Map

Named for the flagship daily newspaper of one of the Southeast's most charming, intriguing and beautifully scenic cities, the Asheville Citizen-Times Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K is set to feature a newly redesigned course for its 2013 running, following previous route updates designed to move runners to less-traveled areas of the city and show off more of its natural and architectural beauty.

From the starting line in downtown Asheville on Woodfin Street, the half marathon course takes runners on an out-and-back counter-clockwise loop route through the city, passing by landmarks like the historic and gorgeous Grove Park Inn & Resort, the County Club of Asheville, Beaver Lake and the campus of the University of North Carolina-Asheville along the way.

Runners will make their way through the race's 13.1 miles on paved surfaces throughout the course, which winds through both downtown city streets and neighborhood roads. The course has rolling hills in the first half and some steeper hills in the second half, particularly between mile markers 9 and 12, where the elevation reaches a low of around 2,000 feet above sea level and a peak of about 2,250 feet above sea level just as the field reaches the 11th mile marker.

After runners pass the 12th mile marker, they have one last uphill and then the course is flat into the finish line back at the newspaper's headquarters building. Just a few runners shy of 1,900 runners and walkers crossed the finish line in both races combined at the event's 2011 running, including more than 1,200 finishers in the half marathon.

This year brings the running of the race's first-ever 26.2-mile full marathon, which will be capped at 2,500 entrants. The half marathon will be limited to 4,000 runners, while the 5K run and walk will be limited to 1,500. Runners must complete the half marathon by 9:40 AM; those who cannot finish within that time will be asked to move to the sidewalks to finish their 13.1 miles.

For this year's race, runners will be grouped into pace groups based on their likely finish times -- elite runners and those with the fastest times will start in the first waves, followed by runners with slower finishing times in successive waves.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled in the western corner of the state not far from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Biltmore Forest, Asheville enjoys a climate that's mostly mild year-round, with steady average precipitation.

Temperatures in September average between 56°F and 77°F, while rainfall averages just over 3 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Sept. 28), the average low is 52°F and the average high is 74°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon

Starting Time

6:00 AM
Race start will feature 9 waves, which follow about every 5 minutes thereafter


$55 for the half marathon, if registered by March 31, 2013
$65 between April 1 - July 31
$75 between August 1 - September 23
$90 at the race expo


To reserve your spot in the late summer/early fall 2013 running of Asheville's Citizen-Times Half Marathon or 5K Run or Walk, register online at imATHLETE.com.

Official Race Website


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