1 week left to sign up with the best steals and deals that you will get for the Asheville Marathon. I promise you, in 4 months I will not have a magic code to get it cheaper than this. So if $ makes a difference to you, do it now 🙂
But to get that amazing pricing you must do 2 things.
Invitation Code comes first: CRYSTALSHIRK2018AMAROCKS
Then at Checkout use Discount Code for 15% off: 2018AMACRYSTALSROCKS
Why oh Why should I give in Crystal???
1) The race is 7.5 months away. So even if you are just starting out and dreaming of a half marathon, there is plenty time for training.
Get a solid base of ability to run 3 miles by October 28th, and add 1 mile every 2 weeks to your long distance run, you’ll be at 13miles by race day.
If you want to hit 13 miles 2 weeks before the race (i.e. February 28th), then add a mile each week between October 28th (3 miles), November 4th (4miles) and November 11th (5miles), then you’ll be ready to hit 6 miles on November 25th and continue 1 mile every 2 weeks from there.
Get to Training!!
2) Discount season tickets for the Biltmore Estate!
I have not seen tickets this cheap in any other discount that Biltmore provides. Regular season price tickets for the Biltmore Estate are $149. In certain months, including March, Biltmore promotes their $99 season pass deal. Annual pass renewal deals are around $93 I believe…1-day passes cost $60 for adults.
When you run this race, you are given a ticket to get you on site for the race. That ticket can be redeemed that day only for a season pass costing you only $69.99 (post tax $74)! This is over a 50% deal!
Why would you use a season pass?
Getting your daily run in
Taking your kids to a safe place for biking
Visiting the gardens
Romantic Dinner locations
Christmas at Biltmore
Visits to the Winery (free tastings :))
Music on the lawn on Friday/Saturday nights
July 4th Fireworks
Easter Egg Hunt
Visiting the farmyard
Kids under 16 get in free anytime with you
After 5pm you can take anyone you stuff in your car onto the estate for free (except to the House itself)
Hanging out in the hammock by the French Broad River…
3) Stimulates the senses… the gardens, the lawn, the roads are all well taken care of. You will see a lot of beauty on this run. As you start the run at 7am, you are running into the sunrise over the mountain, which is gorgeous. You take a left and run past a pasture where you may see some sheep or goats being tended. Around the corner and down the hill, you are surrounded by greenery. Running past the Deerpark restaurant where you will get a quick splash of water and cheers from the water station… you will be challenged by the hill that goes up to the Biltmore house as it is steep, and constant over 1.5 miles, but surrounded by rhododendron and greenery. At the 6 mile mark you reach the majestic Biltmore house and run in front of it… don’t forget to take your selfie or get someone to take a picture of you here! Then you are rewarded with the 2 mile descent to the road by the river with the final 5 miles flat til the final small incline at the finish.
4) No traffic to fight – Due to the set up of the race, there is no traffic allowed onto the property before 9am unless a spectator ticket has been purchased. Even then, all traffic is directed away from any roads being run on at the time, and the portion run after 9am for the full marathon is in areas no cars can travel.
5) Great Swag– Even I hunt for races with great swag! I love my racing gloves, bandana, and shirt! I have also purchase Balega socks for charity prices and Sierra Nevada gave out free beer glasses one year! The finish line touts neat items such as blankets, pint cups, and one of a kind Woodalion Medals!
6). Run the Backyard to Backyard or Backyard to Vineyard Challenge! You said 1 race wasn’t enough???
You can choose to run the half and the full! Or 2 halfs… Racers completing challenges get additional swag at the awards area, such as additional medals and Jackets.
7) Race-cation– You can turn it into the vacation you’ve been wanting- Oh the people I talk to who want to come to Asheville, North Carolina to visit! Why not make this your trip- make it a race-cation! With several hotels on the estate that are filling up quickly for race weekend, you can walk right to the starting line from your hotel. Get a group to split the costs.
If it were me, I would Come Friday, hit the expo at the double Tree hotel, enjoy the pre-event dinner, sleep at the hotel onsite, wake up and race (oh and you might not need the bathroom lines because your bathroom is right there!), enjoy the after-race options, lunch at Cedric’s, tour the house, trip to do wine tastings at Antler Hill Village, become a wine club member and enjoy the Premier wine tasting area all the while walking out with 3 bottles of wine to take home, dinner at the Village Social… Enjoy the fire and music after in the hotel while resting on the couches behind the restaurant. Sunday morning wake up and either race again, cheer on racers, or drive into downtown Asheville and enjoy some of what Asheville has to offer before you leave town.
Reserve your hotel here: http://ashevillemarathon.com/travel/hotels/