Held each fall in the city named by Lonely Planet as the best U.S. destination for 2017, the Asheville Running Experience (ARX) is an event like no other in the Southeast. Over the course of 3 days, 5 separate events take place in the heart of Asheville. Whether you are a roadie, a trail runner or someone who just wants to experience Asheville with some exercise and good times, this event is for you.
For the out of town athletes curious about Asheville and its’ popularity, The Asheville Running Experience provides a great reason to visit the area. Make it a long weekend and be sure to experience everything Asheville North Carolina has to offer.
The Asheville Running Experience 2017 events are The Happening at the Hi Wire Brewing Big Top, ARX Half Marathon, Asheville Brewing Superhero 5K & Lil’ Hero Fun Run, the Chasing Trail 8K at Richmond Hill Park, and the Asheville Urban Odyssey all taking place September 22-24.
Asheville Running Experience 2017 Schedule of Events
Friday September 22, 2017
The ARX Happening – 3pm-7pm
Hi Wire Brewing Big Top 2A Huntsman Pl, Asheville, NC
A Race Expo like no other, The Happening is also for packet pickup and late registration for all the Asheville Running Experience events. Race sponsors and vendors will also be set up sharing their goods and services for racers and Hi Wire Brewing will be serving up their craft brews. Food is also available for purchase on site or at a number of restaurants within walking distance in the Biltmore Village area.
Saturday September 23, 2017
ARX Half Marathon – 7:30am
South Slope In Downtown Asheville
Staying as true to the course of the historic Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon, this race starts in the South Slope and then through some of the North Asheville’s most beautiful neighborhoods and the Reedy Creek Greenway. The course is USATF certified (NC15015DF). Throughout the course local musicians will set up to keep everyone inspired. Earth Fare and a host of local food vendors & brewers will provide post race refreshments. There is a main stage with local live music and the awards ceremony adjacent to the finish line.
ARX Half Marathon Course Map
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Asheville Brewing Superhero 5K & Lil’ Hero Fun Run – 5:30PM
Asheville Pizza and Brew (Downtown Location) 77 Coxe Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Two of our favorite events of the weekend cap off the Saturday program and offer loads of fun for both runners and spectators. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite super heroes. The Lil’ Heroes Fun Run is perfect for even the youngest superheroes and there is even a Super Dog Parade this year sponsored by our friends at The Pet Vet on Patton. The 5K course is USATF certified (NC15014DF) and runs through the South Slope neighborhood and River Arts District. There are awards for best costumes as well as age division awards.
Asheville Brewing Super Hero 5K Course Map
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Sunday September 24
Chasing Trail 8K – 9:00am
Richmond Hill Park 280 Richmond Hill Dr., Asheville, NC 28805
Enjoy true trail running inside the Asheville city limits! Richmond Hill Park consists of about 5 miles of signed trails on both old roadbeds and purpose-built paths. Trails twist along the piney hilltops, pass through the disc golf course, and dip down into a couple of creek bottoms near the railroad tracks and the French Broad River for a unique experience.
Register For The Chasing Trail 8K
Asheville Urban Odyssey – 12:00 PM
Hi Wire Brewing-Hilliard Ave 197 Hilliard Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Part race, part scavenger hunt. Teams of four, with a sense of fun and adventure and a smart phone, race their ways through 8 locations in Downtown Asheville getting clues and taking challenges. Each member of the winning team receives a gift card from our presenting sponsor, Frugal Backpacker. Read more about how the ARX Urban Odyssey came to light.
Register For The Asheville Urban Odyssey