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Brendan O’Meara Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:10 TWEET COMMENTS 0

Inaugural Asheville Marathon - Page 2

Important Race Details

Race entry includes all-day access to the Biltmore House and grounds. The inaugural Asheville Marathon is limited to 1,300 runners. Participants must complete the race within 6 ½ hours. Prize purse offered totaling $6500. A portion of the race proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Mission Cancer Center.

The Biltmore Estate prides itself on its upkeep and knowledgeable staff. Take the time and visit the mansion and get a sense of the life George Vanderbilt lived. You can be the judge as to whether you’d like it or not.

Admission includes self-guided tours of the mansion, gardens and Antler Hill Village.


Getting There
Shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the race when you stay at the Race Headquarters Double Tree by Hilton. Directions: http://ashevillemarathon.com/travel/directions/

Race Headquarters: DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville — Biltmore and other Biltmore Farms Hotels. http://ashevillemarathon.com/travel/hotels/

What goes better with trail runner than beer? Asheville’s beer culture precedes them. It was recently named “Beer City USA.” Visit Asheville Brewing Company, Craggie Brewing Company, and/or the French Broad Brewery for recovery.


Other Trails to Hit Up

Bent Creek Trail at the North Carolina Arboretum
Over ten miles of hiking and biking trails sought out by tourists and locals alike.

Mountain to Sea Trail
The Mountain to Sea Trail is a 900-mile trail connecting the Smokey Mountains to the Coastal Plain in the eastern part of the state. Most of the sections are labeled “moderately rough” so expect this network to be gnarly.

The Appalachian Trail
Just 20 miles north of Asheville, runners can hit up the AT for as long or as short as you’d like.


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