17th Annual Biltmore/Kiwanis 15K/5K Classic Races at Biltmore

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!

Event Strategy



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.

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  • Page

    BTW, congratulations to Wayne--personal best, ten minutes off last year's time!

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brrrrr! It was a great morning!

    1 · May 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not bad, first race in almost a year! Finished in a little over 32 min. My husband was there to cheer me on. He didn't race.

      May 18, 2014

    • Page

      Me too, Priscilla--first race in about 10 years--I forgot how much fun it is! Sorry to miss meeting you :) Congratulations Everyone, good job!

      1 · May 18, 2014

  • Page

    Looking forward to tomorrow morning. Wishing everyone a great run!

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking for a hotel for Sat. night for my husband and I. Any suggestions?

    May 17, 2014

    • Wayne B.

      www.hotels.com Extended Stay on Tunnel Road for $93 a night.

      1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am trying to register my husband and I for the 5K. The website says that it is closed. Any suggestions?

    May 15, 2014

    • Marnette C.

      Online registration has closed, but you can register at the Doubletree on Saturday afternoon during packet pick-up.

      2 · May 15, 2014

  • Wayne B.

    I'm registering for the 5K. Anyone want to run/jog/walk with me?

    January 1, 2014

    • Beth L

      Maybe walk the 5K, if not, can sponsor you.

      1 · January 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We are trying to get a spot to run! Help!

      May 15, 2014

  • Page

    I'm doing the 5k and don't know the routine for this race, any info like: how early to arrive, where to park is appreciated!

    1 · May 13, 2014

    • Page

      Thank you, Marnette, that is exactly the information I wanted. Have a wonderful run Sunday!

      May 14, 2014

    • Marnette C.

      Thanks Marlee. You too. Enjoy it!

      May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are any volunteers needed for this event?

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Wayne B.

      I'm sure there will be a need. I'll post the link when it's up. There is a need for volunteers this week and on Sunday for the race at Biltmore.

      March 10, 2014

    • Wayne B.

      We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

      Please sign up for 2014 Biltmore/Kiwanis 15k/5k Races - here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/MfHjpg­­ 2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
      Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

      May 13, 2014

  • Wayne B.

    I just registered for the 5K. I need some fellow BEAP members to share the love.

    April 30, 2014

  • Marnette C.

    I'll be running the 15K this year. I've done the 5K for the last 2 years and decided to be ambitious this year. Being able to run past the house is a lot of motivation.

    1 · March 18, 2014

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