I’ve heard more than a few runners say that they wished there would be a full marathon in Asheville. It’s only a matter of time and it appears that the time will be next year (2013). From the Citizen-Times Half Marathon blog:
Western North Carolina’s largest race event is about to get larger. Much larger. Race organizers of the Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon and 5K Run & Walk announced today the event is expanding to add a full marathon in September 2013.
The half and full marathon will be held on Saturday. The 5K Run & Walk will be held on the Friday before, becoming an evening family-oriented event. All three races will be hosted in downtown Asheville, NC. Other race weekend events will include a two-day Sports Expo hosted at the Wilma M. Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville, and a tentative post-race Saturday afternoon concert on Roger McGuire Green.
Registration for the 2013 races will open on September 15, 2012.The total field is expected to be 8,000 runners; with a cap of 6,500 half and full marathon runners, and 1,500 5K runners.
Race organizers and City of Asheville officials are working together to finalize the three race courses. The half and full marathon course will continue the tradition of a North Asheville route, and will include West Asheville and scenic French Broad River. Officials expect to release all race courses later this summer.
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