Runners mark your calendars for Sunday, May 18th, 2014 at 7:15am, for the 17th Annual Biltmore/Kiwanis 15K/5K Classic Races. Both races are run entirely on the scenic grounds of Biltmore estate. The 15K begins at the Winery, climbs to the Deerpark Restaurant then descends and climbs along the main road to Biltmore House where runners will loop in front of the massive main entrance doors of the house. Runners next enter the Walled Garden, pass by the Azalea Garden and lagoon along the French Broad River, and then finish by returning to the Winery. The first half of the course has two challenging hills, while the second half is down hill to flat terrain. The 5K course will be a flat, out and back course starting at the Winery and paralleling the French Broad River.
When runners participate in the race, they are not only competing for medals, but also are helping to fund the Kiwanis Children's Charities which supports several local youth programs. For example, the Kiwanis Club of Asheville provides book bags filled with school supplies each fall to children in need as they begin the school year. To encourage attendance and punctuality in several of the local elementary schools, the club gives away a bicycle each quarter, by way of a drawing, to children with perfect attendance and punctuality. The Club also aids in elementary school spelling bees and co¬sponsors the annual “Pawndemonium,” a regional chess tournament for school children.
Course Description General
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
15K COURSE (9.3 miles): 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
5K COURSE (3.1 miles): 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!
Spectator Tips Spectator viewing is limited to the Start/Finish area at the Winery. Spectators are required to purchase a ticket to enter the estate. They are available at packet pick-up for $20 per person. Upgrades may be purchased for $25 to include a tour of the Biltmore House.
Miscellaneous Info General Guidelines
The race entry fee allows access to Biltmore for purposes of participating in the 15K or 5K race events only.
Spectator viewing is limited to the Start/Finish area at the Winery. Upgrades may be purchased for $25 to include a tour of the Biltmore House.
There is NO race day registration.
Elite Athletes: There are no incentive funds or waivers for entry fees.
Inclement Weather: In the event of dangerous weather conditions, the organizers reserve the right to cancel the race. Entry fees will be non-refundable.
No strollers, bikes or dogs are permitted on the racecourse.
All vehicles must be parked in the designated parking areas. Parking on paved roads and blocking roads is not permitted. Car parked illegally will be ticketed and are subject to being towed.
All participants are expected to display courteous, professional deportment at all times.