Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
3.7
(6 Ratings)  (6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.5
SCENERY
4.2
PRODUCTION
3.7
SWAG
3.2
The annual Asheville Half Marathon and 10K begins and ends in Pack Square. Starting with the half marathon at 7AM, participants race through the streets of Asheville throughout the Arts District and along the French Broad River [back to the start] to sample the many unique breweries and an awesome … MORE
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Recent reviews

    BeckyElliott FIRST-TIMER '23

    WoW, this is a HILLY course!! The inclines are STEEP, and the downhills are STEEP!! Normally, a hilly course rewards the effort of the climb up a hill with a … MORE

    WoW, this is a HILLY course!! The inclines are STEEP, and the downhills are STEEP!! Normally, a hilly course rewards the effort of the climb up a hill with a nice downhill section, but that is not always the case with this course. Some of the downhill sections are so steep that you really need to be careful of your footing. But, it is a pretty course, and the organizers do a nice job.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    kmerskine FIRST-TIMER '23

    I'm from Asheville. Born there, but moved away when I got married at 26. I still have family that live here and visit regularly, BUT I generally do NOT go … MORE

    I’m from Asheville. Born there, but moved away when I got married at 26. I still have family that live here and visit regularly, BUT I generally do NOT go downtown. The city has become overcrowded and overpriced in the last 30 years, unfortunately. I was visiting family and friends in AVL over this weekend and decided to run this race. I’m glad I did!

    Although I generally avoid races that require you to come into town the day before the race for an early packet pickup, or that require you to pay extra for race day packet pickup, I was already coming to town so I went ahead and registered. The packet pickup location is at a brewery and the festival there for pickup was maybe the best race festival I’ve seen anywhere (and that’s over more than 100 races). It was really a cool thing going on at packet pickup at the Highland Brewery.

    The race itself was also great. Parking was easy and I think I walked less than a block from where I parked to the start line. That’s unusual for an urban race in a town this size. Asheville is a beautiful small city. I love my city, but I’m biased. But this was a big race and I talked to a few people from out of town who came to town for the race and who loved AVL as well.

    Because I spent 26 years in this town I didn’t expect to be awed by the course. But I’m telling you that Asheville put its best foot forward with this race. Parking was easy, plenty of toilets, a super pretty course through town, the river, and nice neighborhoods, and then a finish back into the downtown.

    To the race organizers, I’d change two things. First, have the finish come in flat or down hill. That last two blocks running up hill through the finish line was not fun or appreciated. Second, and this is a bigger complaint, I saw two things to drink at the finish line… water handed to the runners as they crossed the finish line, and beer in the finish festival area. No sports drink? Not even a water table in the finish festival area??? And runners like to drink, but a lot of runners don’t drink at all… tell the breweries to bring NA beer, or get some Athletic Brewing Company NA brews. And if you add an actual meal, this would be one of my top 5 races. That is literally the only thing missing to make this a serious contender for a top 50 road race in the country. Despite the lack of a meal, or sports drink, this is a race that I’ll be doing again next year. Worth coming from out of town for the race and a visit to AVL.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    runnerinblue FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is a very hilly course during a very hot humid August. I enjoyed the scenery on the course, pretty houses. There was one downhill that was so steep I … MORE

    This is a very hilly course during a very hot humid August. I enjoyed the scenery on the course, pretty houses. There was one downhill that was so steep I didnt see anyone attempt to run down it. Although that hill was short. We had a bear cross the road right in front of us early in the race. Bit unexpected.
    My major grief with this race is that from before mile 11 to the finish there were no people directing us, and no signs. My pal and I got lost, ended up running in the street to realize that cars weren’t stopping so we had to get on the sidewalk. We tried to follow the music and ended up coming in facing the finish line the wrong way and going up a block so we could come back down the finish the correct way. There were several other people near us who also got lost and were trying to figure out where to go. There definitely needed to be more people directing runners. One cop at an intersection telling us, go left then take a right up there is not cutting it. I can’t even remember what food or if there was any cause I was just glad we found the finish.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    tiffwhit FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was a very hilly race, it felt like every mile had its own hill, but WOW the scenery. Asheville was a fantastic town to visit, really easy to fly … MORE

    This was a very hilly race, it felt like every mile had its own hill, but WOW the scenery. Asheville was a fantastic town to visit, really easy to fly into, and get around. The race was nicely organized, packet pickup was at a brewery, which was a new experience for me, but fun. The start of the race was ok, the finish up a hill was difficult. The post race gathering was nice, but not large. Such a pretty course and town to visit.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    bcb1989 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first race ever, so my insights are limited. However, I can say that the race itself was really great, and the race staff are even better. I … MORE

    This was my first race ever, so my insights are limited. However, I can say that the race itself was really great, and the race staff are even better. I gave myself a relatively poor rating because I slept through all 4 of my alarms, started the race 30 mins late, and got lost for the first 0.6 mile, which led to an 11 min/mi split because I was running and stopping in circles trying to figure out where to go). My pace and time were terrible because my first race simply did not get off to the start that I expected. That being said… When I arrived to the check-in tent at the starting line, the staff were incredibly empathetic and kind. The one staff member just said, “It’s okay. Just breathe, you’re here”. That they even let me still run meant so much to me.

    Otherwise, the running expo the night before was at a great location. Even though I don’t really drink, the brewery they chose was an awesome setting, and the staff were very organized in getting people their shirt, bib, etc. The indoor and outdoor seating options were perfect up on a hill with amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    The 10K race course overall was really great. I wish I had started on time so that I would’ve been directed to the first key turn that gets you out of Downtown, so my only critique would be that some signage would have been great instead of relying on guide people who had already left their post. I had to ask some police officers for directions. The first portion is mostly downhill, the middle is pretty flat going through the River Arts District, and the final two miles are pretty consistently on an incline getting back into Downtown. In my opinion, it’s the perfect mix for a race and being able to target a pace because you have a portion of ease to start, consistency in the middle, and then you get to challenge and push yourself to finish.

    The medal and swag overall are great, especially for someone who has never medaled before! I’ll cherish my medal and personalized bib, for sure. The post-race party/festivities was really fun and social. One other thing that was impressive but I didn’t get to partake in were free rehab/PT services… I missed my appointment in the morning before the race to get free kinesiology tape application and stretching, which I would’ve loved given I’m still recovering from severe IT band syndrome. They also had the same rehab/PT care providers available for after the race, though, and I saw people being assisted with stretching and theraguns, etc. Really just an awesome service to provide for anyone that ran the half or 10K.

    Overall, it was just an amazing race, and I’m looking forward to running the 10K again or even the half next year! I have no doubt that it’ll be just as well-organized and enjoyable as it was this year. It also gives me a good reason to visit Asheville, where I went to high school but rarely get back to. It’s set the bar high for any other race I run in the future.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    rutowskis1 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I am pretty sure miles 9-11 is completely uphill with no break. Smaller race but the city of Asheville is beautiful and this race is a good excuse to explore … MORE

    I am pretty sure miles 9-11 is completely uphill with no break. Smaller race but the city of Asheville is beautiful and this race is a good excuse to explore this unique town.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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