This Half Marathon is part of the larger weekend running extravaganza known as the Asheville Running Experience. The announcement that the half marathon will try to stay true to the old Citizen-Times Half Marathon course is great news. The start and finish clearly must be different because the ARX Half Marathon starts and finishes on Coxe Avenue while the old Citizen-Times Half Marathon started and finished at the Citizen-Times building on the back side of the Grove Arcade. The Citizen-Times course that was used in the last running of the race in 2012 dates back to 2009 when the course was introduced. I did a series on the course (which was a new course in 2009) called Deconstructing the Citizen-Times Half Marathon:
Deconstructing the Citizen-Times Half Marathon Part 1
Deconstructing the Citizen-Times Half Marathon Part 2
Deconstructing the Citizen-Times Half Marathon Part 3
COURSE COMMENTS FROM RACE ORGANIZERS
We have tried to stay as true as possible to the old Citizen-Times Half Marathon course. The race will begin on Coxe Avenue in the heart of the South Slope and proceed north through downtown into North Asheville and through the Grove Park neighborhood including the famous climb of Cherokee. After this section the course is exactly the same including the sections on Kimberly Avenue, around the Country Club of Asheville, the Beaver Lake Trail, Lookout Mountain and UNCA before heading to Broadway. At this point we will join the Reedy Creek Greenway before taking the final stretch up and over Patton Avenue on Lexington Avenue for the final sprint to the finish on Coxe.
The ARX Half Marathon starts at 7:30 AM.
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