Holiday Racing in Greater Asheville & Western North Carolina 2020

It’s been a long 2020 for all you runners. Extremely slim pickings when it comes to racing. However, a few races are on the near horizon.

iDaph’s 2020 South Asheville Turkey Trot features a virtual option and an in-person race (the in-person race is now sold out).  The race is at Bill Moore Park (formerly Fletcher Park).  It’s flat!


The Annual South Asheville Turkey Trot 5k returns in-person (with a Virtual option) on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020.  Learn More here.

The 3rd Annual Biltmore Park Turkey Trot returns on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th. Come join us for this fun and festive IN-PERSON 5K that winds through the scenic and FLAT at Bill Moore Community Park (formerly Fletcher Park) in Fletcher, NC. The event has been moved from Biltmore Park Town Square to Bill Moore Community Park to allow for extended wave starts. Wave starts, along with limited participation, will offer social distancing between runners and are part of our safe and responsible race planning. Runners will select a wave start when they register online.


A long-standing tradition, the Original Asheville Turkey Trot, organized by Jus’ Running, is back virtually.

This year’s race will be virtual due to COVID-19. We will miss seeing your smiling faces, and want everyone to stay safe!  The virtual nature of this year’s event will allow participants to join from wherever they desire and create the route of their choosing! Additionally, participants will be given a full three week period during which they can complete the route.  Below is a link to the course map.  For those of you who have run this course many times, you can run it in your sleep.  The start won’t be so crowded and Murdock will always be tight.  I’ve been running parts of the Turkey Trot course for several weeks.  I’m very curious to see how many come out at 9:15 AM as it did in 2019.


I did this race last year. I wasn’t there for the team business; I was there because I liked the idea of a 5k on Azalea Road in East Asheville. It was flat, fast, and fun.


The second Santa’s Showdown will take place as a live, in-person event on Saturday, December 5 at Recreation Park in East Asheville. This unique 5K will pit runners representing Elves and Reindeer against each other to establish North Pole supremacy for the coming year.

This year’s race has been designed to provide a safe atmosphere for all involved. Runners/walkers can choose a race start between 9:00 and 11:00 AM where no more than 20 people will start at one time.

Race Cap: The event is limited to 180 participants

Virtual Option – For those not wanting to participate in a live event, we have a virtual option where you can run a 5K course of your choosing anytime between November 28 and 12:00 PM on December 5. MORE INFO HERE


The 5th annual Asheville Jewish Community Center Hanukkah 8K presented by WNC Bridge Foundation will take place VIRTUALLY on Sunday, December 13, 2020.

The JCC Hanukkah 8K is a community-wide celebration of the 8-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. Proceeds of the JCC Hanukkah 8K will benefit The Asheville Jewish Community Center.

Participating in the virtual Hanukkah 8K will help you stay connected to other runners in Asheville, motivate you to stay healthy and active during the winter months, allow you to choose your own course and start time, and still participate in a competitive race complete with prizes for winners! Participants in the Asheville JCC’s Virtual Hanukkah 8K will run an 8K course of their choosing on Sunday, December 13. They will log their time via a log button on the JCC website, and submit photographic proof of running. Winners will be announced on Monday, December 14, when all times have been received. Prizes will be mailed to winners following the race.

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