10 Reasons the Asheville Running Experience is Freakin’ Awesome

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10 Reasons the Asheville Running Experience is Freakin’ Awesome

Searching for a local or destination race like no other?  Look no further than an epic weekend of racing in the beautiful city of Asheville!  Here’s 10 Reasons why the Asheville Running Experience is Freakin’ Awesome!

I’d like to thank my friends at the Asheville Running Experience for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the businesses that support Running in a Skirt.

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Hello! Hello!

I love where I live.  Asheville is a fun, quirky mountain utopia in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This little city has a free spirit and independence like I’ve never seen before.  We have spectacular restaurants that never cease to surprise me, a thriving arts scene and more breweries per capita than anywhere else, getting us the nickname Beer City USA.  Most of us have some sort of hippie tendencies and we were supporting local food before local food was cool.  In general this little city fights to keep locally owned shops open over chains with a passion.  I can go on a waterfall hike, paddleboard a river, take a brewery tour and eat at food cooked by a James Beard award winning chef in one beautiful day.  All of this is framed by mountain vistas that will simply take my breath away.

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There is no denying Asheville is a special place.

Because being fit, healthy and outdoors is such a big part of Asheville it’s no surprise that there is an amazing running community here.  We have all sorts of fabulous races and events but one of the most epic is the Asheville Running Experience!  Whether you are local and looking for something fun to do this month or planning a destination race, this is THE event to experience the best of running in Western North Carolina.

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So what is the Asheville Running Experience?

The Asheville Running Experience is three days of freakin’ awesome running events in Asheville including the Asheville Running Experience Half Marathon, Superhero 5K, Chasing Trail 8K and the Asheville Urban Odyssey, which is a running scavenger hunt (covers 2-3 miles) through the city.  All of the races happen in and around downtown Asheville so you can maximize your time in the city.

The three days of events run from September 22-24.  Packet pick up is on Friday the 22nd and the races are split up over the next two days.  It’s not too late to sign up either.  Here are the dates…

  • Asheville Running Experience Half Marathon – September 23, 2017
  • Superhero 5K – September 23, 2017
  • Asheville Urban Odyssey – September 24, 2017
  • Chasing Trail 8K – September 24, 2017
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Even though these races are grouped together as one spectacular weekend, you can do as many or as few as you’d like.  If you are not in shape for a longer race you can have a fun few days running the Superhero 5K on Saturday and the Urban Odyssey on Sunday, which covers 2-3 miles.

10 Reasons the Asheville Running Experience is Freaking Awesome / Running in a Skirt

Have I convinced you yet?  Just in case you’re still on the fence… here are 10 reasons it’s time to sign up.


10 Reasons the Asheville Running Experience is Freakin’ Awesome

1. Packet Pickup Asheville Style – At a Brewery

The Asheville Running Experience expo is done like only Asheville can… at a brewery!  It’s truly a race expo like no other and brings even more fun to the weekend.  Pickup is called “The Happening” and will be at Hi-Wire Brewing, which is bound to be a good time.

2. The Scenery

Asheville’s mountains are downright magical.

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This is a gorgeous place that just makes you want to run.  Plus, our elevation means we are often a touch cooler than the rest of the south which is ideal for September racing.

10 Reasons the Asheville Running Experience is Freaking Awesome / Running in a Skirt

3. The Music

Asheville is well known for having a fun local music scene and the Asheville Running Experience brings the tunes to you throughout the weekend.  There is music along the half marathon course as well as a band for the Superhero 5K after party.

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Pretty awesome, huh?


4. Three Words… Super. Hero. Race.

I mean come on…. what’s more awesome than running through downtown Asheville in a super hero outfit?

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Asheville embracing the FUN and you can expect all sort of characters at this evening 5K.  There is also a fun run for the littles and a DOG PARADE for your furry superheroes.

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Anyone have any ideas for Makena’s outfit?

5. The Costumes

And speaking of the Superhero 5K… Asheville goes all out with those costumes!

This year there will be a costume contest awarding the best woman and man superHERO, best woman and man villain and the best dynamic duo!  In complete Asheville style, the winners get local brewery gift cards.

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6. An Urban Trail Run

Asheville is a mecca for trail running with all of our surrounding mountains!   Asheville Running Experience race organizers put together a course that keeps you in the heart of Asheville but still on those trails.  It’s a unique experience like no other.

10 Reasons the Asheville Running Experience is Freaking Awesome / Running in a Skirt

7. The After Party

What’s more awesome than an after party???  Whether you run the Superhero 5K and go to the official after party or do your own thing there is no shortage of party locations in a town known for it’s delicious craft beer and Asheville style fun!

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Saturday night after the Superhero 5K there will be live music and beer!  If you go out on your own there is no shortage of fun and delicious stops in town.  They say you never know WHAT you will see in downtown Asheville and after 14 years of living here… I can promise you that statement is right.


8. A Running Scavenger Hunt

Curious about the Asheville Urban Odyssey?  Think of it as a team run (about 2-3 miles) combined with a scavenger hunt.  Add in some fun challenges and you really have an epic afternoon of fun.  The entire event is in downtown, so you really never know what you’ll see.

Still confused… check out this video.

9. Discounts for Multiple Races

It’s pretty awesome to SAVE some cash on registration.  Take advantage of the Asheville Running Experience multi-race event and get discounts by signing up for more than one!  Register for 2 events and get 10% off or register for 3 or more and get 20% off.  Register here!


10. Memories to Last a Lifetime

This is the kind of event runners dream of!  If you live in Asheville you have no excuse to not do at least one of these spectacular events.

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The experience is not to be missed!  If you are visiting, there is still time to come or start making your plans for next year.  Make sure to check out Asheville Running Experience for more details on all the weekend events.

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Your turn!

Head to the Asheville Running Experience and let me know which race you’d like to do!


I’m linking this post about the Asheville Running Experience with Marvelous Monday,  Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday & Inspired to be Fit, Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday,  Coaches Corner, and Annmarie for Wild Workout Wednesday.

By | 2017-09-20T16:45:16-04:00 September 6th, 2017|Fitness, Motivation/ Inspiration, Newbie Running, Races, Running|70 Comments


  1. Chrystal Rose September 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    This looks like such a fun run! I bet Asheville is such a great place, scenic wise, to host all those running events. I will have to check out dates for the next one!

  2. Hatton September 12, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

    This looks like so much fun! And reading this blog encouraged me to keep trying to run, and I just finished the couch to 5k app so I’m ready to try a fun race! (Please note: this may not seem like a big deal but I felt like giving up after 2 minutes of running when I first started!) Even though we are moving on the 30th… I’m tempted to travel to Asheville for this!!

  3. Annemarie LeBlanc September 8, 2017 at 4:01 am - Reply

    This is so much fun! I do not run though but I would love to see my children join and I will be on the sidelines cheering them on! I hope there are fun activities like this around my area. Asheville looks like such an awesome place to be.

  4. Annmarie September 7, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I wish that Ragnar wasn’t that weekend or I’d totally consider coming down to run this! Looks awesome!

    • JulieWunder September 10, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

      That would be so much fun! Maybe one year!!!

  5. Alisa Fleming September 7, 2017 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I’ve heard such amazing things about Asheville and those pictures make it look gorgeous! I can only imagine the bliss running in an area like that.

  6. Mikki September 7, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Oh my!! This looks like soo much fun and I”m not even a runner. Love the idea of the Super Hero race!

  7. Elena September 7, 2017 at 4:41 am - Reply

    You got me at scenery. I have never been to Asheville before but it looks like a such a beautiful place.

  8. Carrie September 7, 2017 at 4:36 am - Reply

    I’ve never heard of this before! But it sounds like so much fun! Although I’ve never done a 5K before and to be honest I don’t think I could run one now!

  9. Carmy @ carmyy.com September 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    I love the superhero one! Dressing up for 5K is totally do-able and fun!

  10. Kelly September 6, 2017 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    What a fun and beautiful place for a race. Will have to look into it!

  11. Christine - Jar Of Lemons September 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    It looks beautiful! I’d love to be a part of this race one day. Sounds amazing!

  12. Rachel September 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to visit Asheville! And now here’s even more of a reason!!

  13. Emily @Sinful Nutrition September 6, 2017 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Looks like a gorgeous and awesome time! Glad you had fun!

  14. Meredith September 6, 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness the super hero race looks like so much fun! What a wonderful way to get a whole family excited about running!

  15. Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers September 6, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    A super hero race?! SIGN. ME. UP. I wish I lived closer so I could do it this year, but this might be a good destination race experience for future years!

  16. Steph @GratefulGrazer September 6, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to visit Asheville—it looks like such a fun place! Always knew their food scene was good, but now I’vegot plenty of running to do, too! 🙂

  17. Crystal September 6, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    That looks like so much fun! I love all the people dressing up and all the entertainment. Makes it fun for all the supporters on the sidelines too!

  18. Alicia @Bridges Through Life September 6, 2017 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Your city definitely looks so beautiful. I need to go to North Carolina some day. A superhero 5k sounds pretty fun too.

  19. Heather Johnson September 6, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    I am totally not a runner at all. I would still love to explore all the sights and experiences of Asheville!

  20. Veggie Inspired September 6, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    The Super Hero 5k looks so awesome!!

  21. Abbey Sharp September 6, 2017 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Definitely looks like a super fun time! Love all of your photos 🙂

  22. Jaime September 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    This is a great race series! My husband and son did the Superhero fun run last year. They had a blast!

  23. Emily Erson September 6, 2017 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    I wish my community would do something like this. Talk about a way to bring people of all ages together!

  24. Nicole @ Fitful Focus September 6, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    This sounds so fun!!! I wish I’d known about it. I’m doing a half in Charlotte that same weekend!

    • JulieWunder September 10, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Ohhh no way! I forgot about that!! Wish you were coming here!!

  25. Kimberly Hatting September 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Asheville looks so beautiful! This sounds like a great weekend….but it’s a bit of a trek from Iowa LOL Maybe someday…

  26. Laura September 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Wow SO many fun components of this event! I love running with such beautiful scenery too!!!

  27. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables September 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Oh cool! One of my best friends is getting married in Asheville next spring, so we’re planning on making a vacation out of it! I might have to do some running while I’m there! 🙂

    • JulieWunder September 10, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

      You will! How much fun! Let me know if you need any suggestions!

  28. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A. September 6, 2017 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Ashville looks so beautiful! I’d love to visit sometime. And a super hero race?! It doesn’t get more fun than that!

  29. Deryn | Running on Real Food September 6, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    That is so much fun and the scenery looks gorgeous! I love the idea of racing or competing in some aspect on vacations…give me even more reason to eat more food! 🙂

  30. Lorie September 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Running or not, Asheville is where my hubby and I plan to go in the next year! Love all of your pics!

  31. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups September 6, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

    This looks like an awesome event! What a fun weekend!

  32. Kristen from The Road Domestication September 6, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I had no idea the running experience in Asheville was so amazing, but I’ve loved your town for a long time! One of my favorite places to visit! Especially the Biltmore LOL

  33. Jenn September 6, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Looks like such a fun experience! Looks like a great city to visit now that we are closer to it.

  34. I like that there are so many distance options available. Looks like a fabulous running city

  35. Dan Steadman September 6, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Hey one day I would love to do the half…one of my best half marathons was the old Citizen Times course which this race is modeled after. Also the Citizen Time full was a great race for me, any chance to run the course

  36. Sarah September 6, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Looks like fun! If we were closer my family would love to join the fun!

  37. [email protected] the Long Way Home September 6, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Looks so fun! Wish I could come! Looking forward to your recap.

  38. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real September 6, 2017 at 7:44 am - Reply

    The Urban Odyssey sounds like an absolute blast! I wish a city near me had something like this.

  39. Susie @ Suzlyfe September 6, 2017 at 7:38 am - Reply

    What an awesome race weekend. I would LOVE this as a racecation!

  40. Blane Sherer September 6, 2017 at 5:44 am - Reply

    Very nice.

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