Asheville Running Experience - ARX Half Marathon

ARX Half Marathon
September 23, 2017
7:30 AM

Part of the Asheville Running Experience, the ARX Half Marathon will duplicate 95% of the old, beloved AC-T Half Marathon.  The race starts and finishes in the South Slope of Downtown Asheville and will feature the hills, scenery and support of that famous race with a distinct ARX twist.

Thank you to everyone who supported this fun event.  We are especially grateful to our sponsors, bands, and volunteers for making it all possible.



Online registration has closed but we will be accepting on site entries on Friday and Saturday.  Please see the schedule below for times and locations.

Race Cap:There is a race cap of 700 runners for the ARX Half Marathon

Entry Fees

November 15, 2016-December 31, 2016 – $50
January 1, 2017-August 30, 2017 – $75
September 1-September 23, 2017 – $85


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.

Because some of the course includes narrow paths and stretches of road, wheeled vehicles such as strollers will not be permitted.

Click HERE to download a map of the certified course.

Time Limit All half marathon runners have 3.5 hours to complete the course in order to be provided full police protection and aid station support. Those still on the course at this time will be asked to stay to sidewalks and follow traffic rules. Race officials will stay with all runners on the course to make sure they arrive to the finish line safely.

Packet Pickup/Late Registration

Friday, September 22 
The Happening – Hi Wire Brewing Big Top (2A Huntsman Place)

Saturday, September 23 
6:00-7:15 AM‚ 140 Coxe Avenue – ARX Half Marathon Only


All half marathon participants who register by August 30, 2017 will receive a custom ARX Half Marathon race shirt and other goodies. All finishers of the ARX Half Marathon will receive a finisher medal that is guaranteed to be cool and unique.

2017 arx half t-shirt


All pre and post-race activities will take place on South Coxe Avenue, which will be closed to traffic. Post race refreshments will be provided and a host of local food vendors and brewers. Adjacent to the finish line is our stage with music and the awards ceremony.


All finishers of the ARX Half Marathon will receive a customized finisher medal.
Special, commemorative awards will be given to the first three male and female overall and first three male and female masters in all races. Pint glasses will also be awarded to the first three in the following age groups:

19-under, 20-24,25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75-Over.

No ‘double-dipping’ in award categories

Training Program

Our friends at Jus’ Running in Asheville are conducting a half marathon training program, June 5-September 23, designed to prepare someone for this event.  The program includes race entry, guided training runs, weekly emails with a specific training plan, store discounts and technical shirt.  Click HERE for more details.


Please check out event video showing elements of both the ARX Half Marathon and Asheville Brewing Super Hero 5K.


The race will utilize chip timing. A timing chip will be on the back of your race bib, which should be worn on your front and visible at all times during the race.


City owned parking garages are located on Biltmore Avenue at the Aloft Hotel (5 blocks from event site) and at the corner of Otis and Patton Avenue (5 blocks from event site). Street parking is available throughout the South Slope. Do not park in private parking lots or in front of driveways as your car will be towed.


The Asheville Running Experience has a NO REFUND policy. However, we do offer partial discount codes for cancellations during our cancellation periods. If the event is NOT sold out, a discount code for 50% of your race registration fee will ¬†be offered until 30 days prior to the race date. If the event IS sold out, a discount ¬†code for 100% of your race registration fee will be offered until 14 days prior to the race date. Discount codes can be used to register for the 2018 event and will be valid for 12 months after the event date.

You may transfer your registration to another participant up to 14 days prior to the race day with a $2 transfer fee. You may only transfer an entry in the same race.  Email your transfer request to with your original registration information, including confirmation number as well as the email address for the participant who will be taking your place. Emails must be received no later than Monday, August 7, 2017.


Live, unofficial results will be available at the Results Tent.

Official results will be posted at after each race.

2017 Overall Results
2017 Age Group Results

2016 Overall Results
2016 Age Group Results
2015 Overall Results
2015 Age Group Results


We love our volunteers, who make the event possible. A majority of our volunteers will come from non-profit organizations. If you represent a non-profit looking for a fundraiser, please click HERE to view the opportunities available and register your organization.

If you are an individual, please also contact and we will either assign you a position or put you in contact with one of the organizations involved with the event.


A number of hotels around the Asheville area are offering discounted room rates for the Asheville Running Experience.  Click HERE to see the complete list, including deadlines for reserving rooms.


Please email general race questions to