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Unveiling Our Official 2018 Art by Jonas Gerard!

September 1, 2017

 

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We couldn't be more excited to share with you our Official 2018 Artwork. This gorgeous piece originally painted by Jonas Gerard entitled, 'Burst of Joy', is an impeccable oil-based piece done on Canvas.

Jonas says of his art, "The splashes of color create lively compositions not easily forgotten". We are so appreciative of Gerard's work. Thank you for allowing the Asheville Half Marathon to represent our race and Asheville with such a grand expression. 

See & Shop The Jonas Gerard Asheville Studio


See Our Official 2017 Race Video!

June 14, 2017

2017 is proving to be one amazing year and we couldn't have wished for a better Race Weekend. Thank you to all Participants, Volunteers, Sponsors, Partners and the city of Asheville! We can't wait to see you next June : ) 

 Official 2017 Race Video >>

 


Book Your Stay Today! Only $229

May 23, 2017

 

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Book Your Stay Now >>> Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown has offered an amazing rate of only $229 during the Asheville Half Marathon + 10K! Centrally located just 0.7 miles from the start in downtown Asheville on Haywood Street - there is so much the Hyatt has to offer.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to be in the center of the city and moments away from the Start Line - we can't wait to see you June 3rd!


Our 2017 Gear - Just For You!

April 18, 2017

 

You've got to get a hold of our 2017 Race Bags before Race Weekend - these are the best yet! Remember, May 5th is the last day to request Packet Mail Out. 

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Plus, we're rounding the corner and closing in on the time to register; so, step to it!

And, did we mention that Asheville Half Marathon has the absolute coolest Race Shirts for 2017? Check them out below. Moisture-wicking? Check! Fitted? Yes! Available at our EXPO? Absolutely! 

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The NEW 'ASHE' TAG

March 8, 2017

This year, we're bringing our racers the 'ASHE' Tag! And guess what? It's only $10 when you register. Plus, it can be personalized! This new custom tag on the back of our 2017 Finisher Medal features space for YOUR NAME and OFFICIAL TIME. Check them out below and CHECK THE BOX on your Registration for your 2017 'ASHE' Tag.

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EXTRA, EXTRA: Read All About It! 

March 2, 2017

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Asheville Half Marathon is proud to announce we have a new sponsor for 2017 - Ingles Markets! With 12 stores in the Asheville area, Ingles serves as a key grocer in North Carolina and beyond. A huge shout out to their Asheville team and a big CHEERS to an amazing 2017 race with our new partner. Thank you, Ingles.   

Low Prices... Love the savings! 


 

Thank You Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine! 

February 13, 2017


BROWe're so excited to announce that Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine rated Asheville Half Marathon + 10k as one of its Best of Blue Ridge Running Races! In our fourth year, participants will race through the beautiful Asheville city-scape right into a FREE Finish Festival complete with Finisher Medals, breakfast, entertainment, and so much more! We can't wait to see you cross that finish line : ) 

Register Now >>>

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Mindful Performance
 

February 20, 2015

By Robert Swoap, Ph.D. 

Health and Sport Psychologist, Visit Inside Elite Website!

 

Five years ago, in February of 2010, after a month of almost non-stop rowing, Katie Spotz -- a former student at my college -- was exhausted, wondering how she could continue.  More than 1500 miles remained in her attempt to become the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  She had decided to raise money for the Blue Planet Network, a global non-profit dedicated to bringing sustainable safe drinking water to people in rural communities around the world.

The problem was that she had never rowed before.

Taking on challenges comes in many forms -- including running your first 10K or 1/2 marathon. Katie had the first ingredients -- passion and vision. Of course she needed to get in great shape. But Katie paid as much attention to the mental training as the physical.  “Before I even left on my journey,” Katie told me, “I used meditation.”

"I know that everyone does their own form of preparation, but for me, I would do these extensive meditation retreats. In endurance events, it’s not a matter of if — it’s when. You will reach those moments where you feel like giving up. And that’s the nature of pushing yourself, truly pushing yourself beyond your limit when reaching those walls."

Without this meditation practice, Katie may well have felt more overwhelmed than she did. Katie anticipated what the greatest challenge would be and spent many hours training her mind to cope with doubts, solitude and pain.

Mindfulness meditation is a great practice for distance events (running, swimming, rowing).  There is good research connecting the ability to be mindful with successful performances. Recent fMRI research has shown that the self-referential part of our brain (the posterior cingulate cortex) quiets with mindful attention. This helps turn off the doubting, worrying, negative self-talk that can often occur in distance events.

In addition to meditating, Katie also used a well-known strategy:  breaking down a seemingly impossible goal into manageable chunks:  “I wasn’t sure I could row another 1500 miles, but I knew I could row a mile,” Katie explained.  “I turned the 1500 miles into fifteen hundred one-mile rows.” Katie’s ability to manage the moment of fear, pain, and fatigue is a lesson in self-control.  She didn’t try to manage the whole crossing, but rather confined the coping to specific challenges.

(This strategy was also employed by the elite runner, Louis Zamperini, whose story is told in Laura Hillenbrand’s biography Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.  Zamperini experienced almost unimaginable pain and suffering after crashing into the Pacific and then being detained in Japanese POW camps.  He utilized a day-to-day, and sometimes moment-to-moment, tactic to survive.)

On March 14, 2010, 70 days after leaving Africa, Katie reached the city of Georgetown, Guyana. "I became the youngest person in the world to row across the Atlantic Ocean solo. No motor, no sails. Just oars….  I never thought I was capable of doing super big adventures but found out what is possible when you set your mind to it."

Consider incorporating mindfulness practices into your own training. When that difficult moment comes in the big race, you'll be able to stay in the present -- in the zone and perhaps feeling a state of "flow" -- moving you towards a performance that you'll remember.

 


2015 Race Medals - REVEALED!

 

February 18, 2015

The 2015 10K and Half Marathon medals have been released.  We can't wait for you to get to the finish line!  Be sure to register today and join us in June for an awesome race!

 10K medal     Half medal


Psychology, Wellness, Health & Performance #3: GO TO SLEEP!

 

 

April 30, 2014

By Robert Swoap, Ph.D. 

Health and Sport Psychologist, Visit Inside Elite Website!

Are you getting enough sleep? Surveys conducted in the U.S. suggest not. How does sleep deprivation affect you? A number of bodily systems are negatively impacted by inadequate sleep: the cardiopulmonary system; appetite, metabolism and weight control; immune function and disease resistance; inflammation; slower healing from injuries; sensitivity to pain; reaction time; mood; and brain function (slower thinking and attention; poor decision-making).

Not getting enough sleep, then, can seriously undermine your training and competitive efforts. There are a number of studies documenting the effects of sleep deprivation on athletes and others pursuing peak performance. A recent article in The Atlantic summarizes a lot of the data and reveals why professional athletes are consulting with sleep specialists.

Dr. James Maas, retired professor of psychology at Cornell, has published Sleep to Win: Secrets to Unlocking Your Athletic Excellence. As Maas writes: "Since many of my students were scholar-athletes, I started working with teams and individuals striving to become better at their sport. The results of paying attention to sleep were immediate and profound.  We gave seminars to athletes from basketball to hockey, lacrosse, wrestling and field hockey and started to see vast improvement in energy level, reaction time and recovery from injury."

Researchers at Stanford have also been investigating the relationship between sleep and sport performance. When athletes are encouraged to sleep more (attempting to get 10 hours per night), they experience significant improvements in speed, reaction time, accuracy, energy, and mood. As sleep specialist Dr. Michael Breus reports, professional sports teams are taking these data seriously, making changes in their practice schedule in an attempt to improve performance.

There are many sources of information for getting better sleep, reducing sleep deprivation, and overcoming sleep problems like insomnia. Try this one from Harvard. Getting adequate sleep helps us a) improve focus and make the right decisions in a pressure situation, b) recover from intense training, and c) manage pain (physical and emotional) more effectively.

So, whether you're preparing for a race or focusing on overall wellness, prioritize sleep as a fundamental part of improvement and your pursuit of excellence.


The Chamber Challenge

April 23, 2014

The team-based Chamber Challenge is designed to promote community wellness through friendly competition between businesses! The certified 5k course begins and ends at the Asheville Chamber and winds through the historic Montford neighborhood.  Gather your co-workers, family and friends to compete as a team!

Whether you walk every step or sprint to the finish - we KNOW you're up to the CHALLENGE!

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Friday, June 6, 2014 Asheville Chamber in Montford 
Relay Fun Run @ 3:30PM 

5K Race @ 4:30PM

Register Today  


Nutrient Timing For Performance

April 14, 2014

Eileen Stellefson Myers, MPH, RD, LDN, FAND

 
Recent research indicates that it is not just what you eat but when you eat that has an impact on achieving your exercise goals.  “Nutrient timing” can make a difference in the effectiveness of your training, how you feel during your runs, and your performance on race day.

The pioneer of nutrient timing research is John Ivy, PhD who wrote over 170 scientific papers, and three books on the subject.   He coined the term “nutrient timing” which simply means the delivery of appropriate macronutrients during the time in which the body is primed to use them most effectively.  Nutrient timing is divided into three phases:  the energy phase (the period immediately prior to and during exercise), the anabolic phase (the period immediately after exercise), and the adaptation phase (hours after exercise). 

If you want feel good during your run, fuel your body just prior to and during a run lasting more than 30 minutes.  Ideally, eat a small meal or snack such as toast and peanut butter) within an hour of your run, and consume six to eight ounces of a diluted carbohydrate/electrolyte beverage (a 2-6% carbohydrate solution) every 15-20 minutes of your run.   The addition of a small amount of protein in your fuel source has been shown to be beneficial for reducing muscle breakdown and speeding recovery. 

As much as exercise is good for us, the post exercise state is “catabolic” meaning muscle is breaking down.  By quickly turning to fuel when your workout is complete, you shift from a catabolic state to an anabolic state (muscle build up).  Fuel in the form of carbohydrates and protein raise insulin levels (a good thing after exercise) and lower cortisol levels (stress hormone) resulting in a quick uptake of nutrients into the muscle that support glycogen storage and muscle repair.   Eating immediately after workout can increase the rate of glycogen storage, reduce muscle damage, speed recovery and improve future performance.  For best results, the after exercise fuel should contain a ratio of carbohydrate to protein of between 2.5-3.5 to 1.  The amount eaten will depend on the distance and intensity of the workout.  One easy post-workout fuel is a glass of chocolate milk, with its 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio.

The anabolic state, which started with your immediate post-workout fuel,c an be maintained for an additional four to six hours by continuing the nutrient intervention.  Eat a meal or snack two hours after your workout.  Eating at this two hour time frame continues glycogen repletion, limits muscle tissue breakdown and continues the muscle protein repair.  A meal or snack similar to dietary guidelines should be adequate to continue this positive recovery.  See www.choosemyplate.gov 

The bottom line is to think about the times you eat as well as what you eat to optimize your training and racing.


Farm 2 Table 5K - Farmer's Market & Family Festival

April 1, 2014

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The ATC is excited to announce the inaugural Farm2Table 5K which aims to educate the community about the benefits of combining healthy foods, sourced through local farmers, with fitness. Located in Fletcher Community Park, the June 28 event will be a fun evening for runners as well as parents and their children to come out, learn about local farmers markets and participate in a fitness event.



This PR-friendly 5K will be chip-timed and is part of the 2014 Asheville Track Club Grand Prix series. Kids and parents can enjoy the 1K Kids Fun Run (for older kids) and the Firefly Dash for the little ones. The family festival will include music, water fun (so bring a towel), games, and food-centered activities. The farmers market will be offering a bounty of local fresh foods and fruits for purchase, while several Farm to Table food trucks will be on-site for runners and families to enjoy a tasty dinner.


The event will benefit FEAST (Fresh, Easy, Affordable, Sustainable, and Tasty) of Asheville whose mission it is to promote healthy eating choices and make them accessible to people of all income levels through hands on cooking classes that encourage and empower participants by teaching skills needed to make fresh, wholesome and tasty food.


Register for both the 5K and kids events online at www.farm2table5k.com until June 25th (5K: $25; Youth 5K: $20; Kids races: $10). On race day, both the festival and on-site registration begin at 4:30 p.m. at Fletcher Community Park (5K: $30; Youth 5K: $25; Kids races: $12) The 5K will start at 6 p.m. Kids races will begin at 7pm. Festivities will end about 8:30 p.m.


Psychology, Wellness, Health and Performance #2: Olympic Visions

 

February 24, 2014

By Robert Swoap, Ph.D. 

Health and Sport Psychologist, Visit Inside Elite Website!

Last week, Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, became the youngest woman to win the slalom competition in the Olympic Games. She did so, despite almost falling during her second run.  According to U.S. Ski team coach Rolan Pfeiffer, a key to Shiffrin’s success is that she is “present and focused for every training session.” From early on, Mikaela seemed to focus on improvement rather than outcome.

“I remember as a little girl in Vail, it would be a powder day and my parents would say, ‘Let’s go free ski in the back bowls.’ And I’d say: ‘No, I want to stay on the racecourse and train. I’m working on my pole plants.’ I wanted to get better at something every day.”

Shiffrin, like many of her Olympic teammates, uses visualization as a part of her training and competition. Shiffrin says that she typically visualizes a course twice: “once after inspection and once shortly before the race.”  She also said that she visualizes how she will deal with press conferences — increasing her preparedness and helping her not feel as much pressure as a rookie at the Olympics.

“I envisioned your questions,” she said to reporters. “I wrote down the answers in my notebook. I’ve envisioned this moment for quite a while. I’ve envisioned myself on the top step of the podium and on the third step of the podium. I’ve envisioned myself crashing, and I know what mistake I’ve made in my head.”

Shiffrin raises a good point about using visualization: not just seeing the dream outcome. Although it’s important to stay with primarily positive images, it is vital to use mental rehearsal to plan for challenging conditions. Mental rehearsal can work as a form of contingency planning — helping you anticipate difficult moments in your race (or in your weight loss program or any other goal you are working towards) and then seeing how you will respond. Rehearsing an effective response to a trigger (environmental or internal) is a core skill in changing behavior patterns. Daniel Coyle describes this as the balanced-positive approach.

The balanced-positive approach helps you avoid the pitfalls of positivity — namely, that you get surprised and demoralized by failure — and replaces it with a preparation that matches the reality of the world and also leaves you ready for performance. Good things and bad things will happen, and you can’t control either. But you can prepare.

Some tips for visualization.  First, it’s not just visual. But whether you call it visualization, imagery, or mental rehearsal, it is better to use all your senses in the process. Imagine yourself getting ready to run your race and what you see, smell, hear, and feel. Imagine feeling your heartrate increasing and that you need to go to the bathroom again. Now, rehearse talking to yourself about how that this is completely expected, and that you know it is your body becoming excited (rather than stressed). You can then use imagery for key moments in your race (or your exercise program, or your big presentation), seeing yourself execute well. If the image isn’t clear, don’t worry. That comes with practice. And if the image is negative, that’s okay too. Just manage it as you would a tricky moment to navigate. How quickly can you get back to your focus? Your center? And to the joy of being able to give it your all?


Psychology, Wellness, Health and Performance #1

 

February 22, 2014

By Robert Swoap, Ph.D. 

Health and Sport Psychologist, Visit Inside Elite Website!

As your prepare for a half-marathon, a 10K or another challenge, ask yourself: Under what conditions do I have the best chance of flourishing? One model, (Self Determination Theory) suggests that three basic human needs must be met:

  • Autonomy: Our behavior is volitional, self-initiating and reflects values/interests that are our own.  One does not feel controlled.
  • Competence: We have opportunities to experience and demonstrate efficacy, mastery and growth. 
  • Relatedness: We feel connected to others and feel cared for.

Does your environment support or thwart these needs?  In too many cases, we erode motivation by creating and/or sustaining environments which are not supportive of these needs.

I have worked with and interviewed dozens of elite athletes in order to explore and describe the ways in which they pursue and achieve their goals.  For example, check out this piece on Lynne Cox, the world's greatest cold-water, distance swimmer.

Lynne and other athletes can thrive in a variety of situations, of course; but, I have found that most do so when their basic psychological needs are being met along with their specific needs for their sport. Here's what I observe in successful elite athletes:

  • They are intrinsically motivated for their training.
  • They seek opportunities for mastery and engage in deliberate practice, working on weaknesses to constantly improve.
  • They do this in a connected way - with coaches and teams - to maintain motivation under difficult times.  They readily seek and receive support from others.  They share generously, too!

This pattern applies to achieving excellence in sports.  But, it also applies to making changes in health behaviors.  Treat motivation as a skill to be practiced rather than a personality trait.  Then, set up and manage your environment in ways that allow autonomy and competence to thrive, under conditions of connectedness.


Black Mountain News

January 20, 2013 


Take a second from your busy day and read this AWESOME article that Black Mountain News wrote about the Asheville Half Marathon!

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'We have a discount for the Asheville Track Club members," he said. "We'll do a health and wellness expo at the Renaissance the day before the race.  It's going to be awesome!' - Julian Smith, Race Director.  

Read More Here


Asheville Half Marathon T-shirts are ON THE WAY!

December 30, 2013 

Check out our BRAND NEW moisture-wicking performance tees! 

 Mens tee  Ladies tee

 



Here's A Sneak Peek...

​December 20, 2013

Get a glimpse of the 2014 Race Packet!

Race Packet



Asheville Half Marathon & 10K to Debut June 7, 2014

December 11, 2013 

It's great to be part of history, so save the date, June 7, 2014 and be a part of the inaugural Asheville Half Marathon and 10K. We all know the buzz of energy of thousands of runners queuing up at the starting line for a major race. There will be plenty of it when the starting gun fires at 8am on the corner of Church St and Commerce. The USATF-certified courses will end at the giant after party at Pack Square.

Julian Smith, twenty year veteran Race Director of the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC and three time Race Director of the Year, will be at the helm. "We hope that our inaugural race will benefit our race charities: the Mission Children's Hospital, the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Asheville Track Club and the American Cancer Society."

Runners can enter singly or as a team at www.AshevilleHalfMarathon.com Package pick-up will be at the Renaissance Hotel Ballroom where more than 20 exhibitors will be set up. The race is expected to draw huge crowds to the hilly downtown area.

Of course, runners feed of the energy of the crowds along the route. "One of the most exciting aspects to this race will be the 13 bands provided through the Music Initiative, one posted at each mile throughout the course to keep the runners and the crowds pumped up," said Smith. 


 


 

 

The NEW 'ASHE' TAG

March 8, 2017