Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate – Train with Danny Dreyer, co-founder of ChiRunning - Chi Living

Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate – Train with Danny Dreyer, co-founder of ChiRunning

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Sep 16th, 2013, 2 comments

Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate – Train with Danny Dreyer, co-founder of ChiRunning

Danny DreyerFor the second year, ChiRunning® will be the official training program for the Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate. The race will be on Sunday, March 16th and will be run completely on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Come join us for this wonderful marathon training and event.

In 2012-2013, we trained a group of 75 people for the Inaugural Asheville Marathon At Biltmore. Our “team” met most Sundays for our long runs at Bent Creek in South Asheville, the perfect training ground to practice for this hilly event.

The day of the event was cold, but we had a group of people prepared for anything. Everyone had a great day and finished well. We trained many first-time marathoners, and they all finished with smiles on their faces. Four of the first-timers finished in under 4:30!

Running on the Biltmore Estate is a wonderful experience. As a participant, you get to see parts of the estate that are not open to the public. You will run through acres of vineyards with gorgeous views of the mountains of North Carolina, the French Broad River and the unparalleled beauty of the Biltmore Estate. It is a must-see location.

What a great way to enjoy 26.2 miles.

Every runner in our training program told us afterwards they were glad they had the technique and race-specific training that the ChiRunning Marathon Training program offers. This challenging event may not get you a marathon PR (it’s a mix of hilly, flat, dirt and paved roads), but it will be a personal favorite because of the beauty and fun of running in such a gorgeous location.

If you cannot join us for the weekly runs, you can get the support you need to be successful with the ChiRunning online training program we designed specifically for this event. Choose from beginner or intermediate levels.

Sign up for the training, register for the event at, and I’ll look forward to seeing you at the great health expo, the sumptuous pre-race dinner, and especially at the finish line!!!


2 CommentsLeave a comment below

Can you please give me some tips on how to keep my core engaged while running. I seem to be havig some problems with that.

Jeff Carnivale Sep 23rd, 2013 11:18am


The key really is making sure that you feel your posture through having a level pelvis so your lower abdominals do the work. Often times I find that people concentrate on engaging the core and the upper abs take over, then it is difficult to breath. Focus on body-sensing your posture while standing and walking and feel where the stability is coming from. Here is a link to another blog with a few exercises to try:

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