Asheville Marathon & Half returns to Biltmore Estate on March 17

Photo of the 2017 Asheville Marathon: WLOS staff

2019 marks lucky number seven for the Asheville Marathon & Half, the only race of its kind at Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

Runners get to explore the west side of the Estate, unique terrain experienced only in this marathon.

In 2018, the Asheville Marathon was named by Outside Online as one of the Top 9 vacation-worthy marathons and The Top Ten Best Spring/Summer Marathons to Run by MapMyRun.

It was also listed as one of the 70 American Road Races every runner should finish by Runner's World Magazine.

The marathon course around Biltmore provide depth and diversification: from the marvels of gardening and architecture that is the Estate itself, to lesser tamed, more challenging stretches that lie at the end of the race, along the rustic banks of the French Broad River.

Joining the excitement this year, Gabe Grunewald, founder of charity partner, Brave Like Gabe, will be running the Half Marathon and speaking at the pre-event dinner on Friday, March 15.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased when registering and at the Asheville Marathon website.

The Asheville Marathon began seven years ago, with only a marathon option, which sold out quickly in its first year, and again the next year.

A nationwide interest in half marathons was becoming popular, so for the third year, a half marathon option was added.

In its fourth year, the event expanded to two days of races and a half marathon on each day.

To add a twist, in the fifth year the Backyard to Vineyard Challenge was created, where participants race in the Saturday half and Sunday full.

For the event's sixth anniversary, the Backyard to Backyard Challenge was added, where participants run both the Saturday half and the Sunday half.

Now in its seventh year, both days of races, including the challenges, are expected to be sold out, with 3,100 participants.

Learn more about the 2019 event, and register, here.