When it rains, it pours. One week ago today I reported on a new full marathon coming to Asheville in 2013 in conjunction with the Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon (get the current details on that marathon at the ACT race website).
Well it’s Monday again so that means it must be time to report on ANOTHER full marathon coming to Asheville. That’s right runners. No more whining about the lack of a 26.2 option right here in the Paris of the Southeast, Beer City or what ever else you might want to use to describe this little place we call home. Instead, you can chatter with your running friends about the difficult time you’re going to have determining WHICH full marathon in Asheville you’ll run in 2013.
The second 26.2 entry for 2013 is run entirely on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. Quite fitting that it was announced just hours after the Biltmore Kiwanis 15k/5k races yesterday.
Here’s what we know thus far:
Run in America’s largest backyard! Coming to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC on March 3, 2013 — More Info Coming June 1st, 2012
This 26.2 miles race takes place on paved and dirt roads including running in front of the Biltmore house, by the lagoon and through vineyards on the west side of the estate. The breath-taking marathon course is gently rolling to flat and will be memorable, enjoyable and a well-supported marathon experience. More information will be available online beginning June 1st at ashevillemarathon.com and online registration at imathlete.com
This nationally recognized, Inaugural marathon will be brought to Asheville’s Biltmore Estate on March 3, 2013. More details and online registration will be available on June 1st, 2012.
The marathon at Biltmore will not include a half marathon. It’s 26.2 or nothing. Race organizers expect the marathon to sell out and I agree. I think both of these marathons will be quite popular. In my mind, runners have to choose between:
- A running tour of downtown Asheville, North Asheville, West Asheville and the River Arts District (the Asheville Citizen-Times Marathon).
- A running tour of the Biltmore Estate property that is just about three times as long as the running tour many enjoyed yesterday at the Biltmore Kiwanis 15k.
Plenty of time to choose, but if you’re going 26.2, get your training plans in order.
Stay in touch with the marathon at Biltmore at the race Facebook page and at the race website.
Stay in touch with the Asheville Citizen-Times Marathon at the full marathon section of the ACT website.
And of course, the team at Carolina Runner will keep an eye on what’s going on and keep you all posted.