The Asheville Urban Odyssey is the most unique event of the Asheville Running Experience. It is a combination of an urban scavenger hunt and a game show. Teams of four will depart from our headquarters and follow a series of clues to both hidden and well known Asheville locations. At each location, a team member must complete a specific task before receiving their next clue. After a team completes its eighth task they will make their way back to the finish line for their final task. The use of smart phones is not only allowed but highly encouraged.
The Asheville Urban Odyssey is the most fun scavenger hunt you will ever do and a perfect representation of Asheville. Teams of four will leave a downtown Asheville location every ten minutes beginning at 12 noon and follow a series of clues to both obscure and well known Asheville locations.
At each location, a team member must complete a specific task before receiving their next clue (each team member will need to complete two tasks). After a team completes its eighth task they will make their way back to APB for their final challenge. The completion of the final challenge will constitute the finish time.
The use of smart phones is not only allowed but highly encouraged. Teams can phone a friend or ask passersby for assistance. The only rules are you follow traffic laws along the route and not use wheeled vehicles of any kind.
New for 2019: Don’t have a team? That’s ok. Enter as an individual (team rate divided by 4) and we will put together teams with other individuals. This is a great way to meet people and make friends.
Online registration opens on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 and ends at 12:00 PM on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
There is a team race cap of 16 teams.
- January 15-March 31, 2019 – $100 per team
- April 1-August 31 – $120 per team
- September 1-September 20 – $140 per team
The event will include all of the downtown Asheville and teams can expect to walk between 3 and 5 miles during their journey. Teams must follow all traffic regulations and those who don’t will be penalized (we will have spies all over the course).
Team Check-In/Late Registration
Rolling check-ins from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Sunday, September 22 – Location TBA
Every team member will receive the 2019 Asheville Running Experience shirt after you finish the race.
The clock will start once you receive the first clue and stop when you finish your final task at the finish line.
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 another Asheville Running Experience 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, September 16, 2019.
For a more detailed view of what the Asheville Urban Odyssey is about, please check out this video.
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 email@example.com 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 event questions to firstname.lastname@example.org