The Kiwanis Club of Asheville invites you to join us for the as we celebrate the 23rd year of our race on the iconic Biltmore Estate. This majestic course should be on every runners bucket list! Starting near the estate winery, we will wind through scenic property, passing by America’s oldest private residence and through the fragrant gardens, taking in the undisturbed beauty that the Vanderbilts fell in love with over a century ago.
Everyone who was registered for the 2020 event automatically had their entries moved to the 2021 races. There is no need to do anything further.
Both races are run entirely on the scenic grounds of the Biltmore Estate. During the event, vehicular traffic will be limited and controlled. Both courses are USATF certified. Chip timing will be used for both races. Pre-race training prior to the event is prohibited since the entire course is on paved roads with heavy vehicular traffic and on the private property of the Biltmore Estate. Due to directional flow for traffic, it will not be possible to drive the course as it is to be run. All participants must be off the course prior to 9:45 a.m.
15K Course Description
The 15K course is run entirely on the scenic grounds of the Biltmore Estate. Beginning at the Winery Village area, the course climbs to the Deerpark Restaurant then descends and climbs along the main road to Biltmore House, where runners will loop in front of its massive front doors. Runners will then circle through the Walled Garden, pass by the Azalea Garden and lagoon along the French Broad River, and finish by returning to the Winery. The first half of the course has two challenging hills, while the second half is downhill-to-flat.
5K Course Description
The 5K course is run entirely on the scenic grounds of the Biltmore Estate. The 5K Course is a flat, out-and-back course starting at the Winery and paralleling the French Broad River. It is a great course to get a running PR!
All 5K and 15K runners will receive a short-sleeve cotton/tech blend shirt. Those wanting a short-sleeve tech shirt may pay $5 extra during registration.
For the fourth consecutive year, we are offering a commemorative race medal for our runners to purchase! Whether you are just now registering or have already signed up, you are able to purchase this gorgeous trinket within your account under add-ons.
Anyone who ordered a commemorative medal and/or shirt upgrade will have that order moved to the 2021 event, unless you made prior arrangements to have the 2020 medal mailed to you earlier this year.
If you weren’t able to purchase a medal during registration, here is how you can purchase one now:
Click To Order A Medal
Choose the Get it option! next to *2020 Biltmore/Kiwanis 15K/5K Commemorative Medal *
In the box that pops up, select a quantity and check the box that says “Add this to my 2020 Biltmore/Kiwanis 15K/5K registration”Enter your confirmation code found in the email confirmation you received of your registration
We’ve teamed up with Explore Asheville to offer race participants special rates during the event. Visit their website for a list of participating hotels.
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Biltmore General Policies And Guidelines
Biltmore in Asheville, NC, offers breathtaking beauty with Biltmore House – America’s largest home created by George Vanderbilt in 1895. More than 1 million guests now enjoy the home and magnificent gardens along with Antler Hill Village & Winery each year.
The 15k will start promptly at 7:30 a.m. and 5k at 7:45 a.m. All runners must be on the property by 6:30 a.m. to run. Expect a line of cars at the Biltmore entry gate. In addition, allow a minimum of 15 min. to get from the Biltmore entrance to the parking lots because the traffic will be heaviest, and slowest, as race time approaches.
Runners and spectators must use the Antler Hill Village lane at the Admissions Booth. Have tickets in hand and visible to stop and show when entering the property and until you park at Antler Hill Village, as it will speed the entry process for all.
Unless upgraded, you race/spectator ticket is valid only for the race course and Antler Hill Village areas until 1:00 p.m. only. It cannot be used to access the Biltmore House & Gardens or other areas of the property.
All vehicles must be parked in the designated parking areas. Parking on paved roads and blocking roads is not permitted. Cars parked illegally will be ticketed an are subject to being towed.
Runners and spectators are encouraged to carpool.
Restrooms are located at the Winery, Antler Hill Village, the conservatory and along the race routes.
No strollers, skateboards, bikes, or dogs permitted on the race course.
All participants and spectators are expected to display courteous, professional behavior at all times.
Once finished with their races, runners are not permitted back on the racecourse. All runners must be off the course by 9:45 a.m.
Due to the nature of the event being on Biltmore’s property, there is a time limit for the event. The 15k Runners must be past the Biltmore House by 9:00 am. For the safety of the runners and the guests at Biltmore Estate, if 15k runners are not past the House by 9:00 am, our SAG vehicle will pick the runner-up and take them back to the start/finish area.
The Biltmore Company is not responsible for the security of personal belongings.
Inclement weather: In the event of dangerous weather conditions, organizers reserve the right to cancel the race. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
In the event of an emergency, call (828) 225-1234. Biltmore staff will dispatch strategically positioned medical, fire or police resources to your location.
These races will utilize chip timing.
The chips are attached to the back of your race bib so don’t crinkle them. Please make sure your bib is visible on your front at all times, but especially when crossing the finish line.
The Kiwanis Club of Asheville has a NO REFUND policy.
All registered participants will automatically have their entries moved to the 2021 event. There is no need to do anything further. Because so many event expenses were purchased in May, we are unable to offer refunds.
Everyone who cancelled their 2020 entry will have their status’ reclassified to active for the 2021 event. The discount code you received at cancellation will no longer be valid.
Races don’t happen without great volunteers. If you would like to be part of this event, support the Kiwanis Club of Asheville and be there in various ways for our 500+ runners, we would love to have you. Please email Windell at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your spot.