The Asheville Half Marathon was one of the BEST half marathons I’ve ever run for three reasons:
- The entire half marathon was on the private property of the Biltmore Estate
- The views were absolutely gorgeous of the mountains, nature, and of course, the “Lady on the Hill”
- Can you say “Free Blanket?”
The Asheville Half Marathon was held on March 15, 2015. The weather was perfect…not too hot, not too cold. We lucked out this year and the rain held off. I arrived at the race super early because they advised all runners arrive prior to 6:00 a.m. They stated that the gates opened at 5:00 a.m., so I arrive at 5:00 on the dot. The good news is that I was able to get a great parking spot, the bad news is I waited around two and one half hours for the race to start.
The race was held entirely on the grounds of the Biltmore estate, which is great because we didn’t have to worry about traffic. The first six miles were straight up a mountain. However, as we reached the peak of the mountain, we saw the “Lady on the Hill”. I was so excited when I saw the Biltmore House in all her glory.
I took a selfie with the estate and took a moment to stop and enjoy the view in all its’ glory. I then rounded the corner headed down the hill. I was worried that I would find another uphill, but I was thrilled to realize that the last half of the half marathon was either downhill or flat!
We rounded the Walled Garden, Azalea Garden, lagoon, Bass Pond, horse filled fields and into Antler Village.
Imagine my surprise when not only do I receive a wooden medal, but the volunteer wrapped me in a warm fleece blanket embroidered with “Asheville Half Marathon”! I love blankets and I had no idea I was receiving one, so I was so happy I wanted to cry.
The post-race party in Antler Village was family-friendly. I highly recommend the Asheville Half Marathon for Mother Runners because it’s a family-friendly event and the entire family will love visiting the Biltmore Estate and exploring Asheville after the race. The course is challenging enough for the experienced runner, but also not so challenging that you can’t enjoy a day walking around the Biltmore Estate after the race.
I’m definitely going to sign up for this half marathon again next year.
One Mother Runner’s Rating for the Asheville Half Marathon