This race was first held in 2012. I ran the 12k in 2012 and loved it (see the 12k results here and the 5k results here). The course is exactly the same as the 15k (held in May) with a 3k chunk removed from the middle. Instead of running from Deerpark toward the reception and ticketing center (the intersection at which the guards check your tickets or annual pass) you head more directly toward the “Big House” through the parking lots. In my opinion the best parts of the course are the same and the early November weather for a race on the Biltmore Estate is just delightful.
FROM THE RACE ORGANIZERS
Fall road racing returns to the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina with the Positive Prevention 5K/12K on Sunday, November 3, hosted by the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (www.wncap.org). Proceeds will be used to expand HIV/AIDS prevention programs throughout 18 counties in Western North Carolina.
The 12K will begin at 7:15 am, with the 5K to start at 7:30 am.
Both races are run entirely on the scenic grounds of the Biltmore estate. The 12K begins at Antler Hill Village and goes straight across onto a service road and then pick up the end of the Approach road before looping in front of the main house. Runners next enter the Walled Garden, pass by the Azalea Garden and lagoon along the French Broad River, and then finish by returning to the Winery. The first half of the course includes one challenging hill, while the second half is down hill to flat terrain. The 5K-course will be a flat, out and back course starting at Antler Hill Village and paralleling the French Broad River.
Online registration is available at IMAthlete.