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Starting Times

Starting Times FAQ:

How was my starting wave selected?

Teams are placed in waves based on the following: 

  1. Evaluating the estimated team pace submitted, team member individual paces submitted, and past results to determine your team's overall estimated pace. 

  2. Using a +/- variance of your team's estimated pace of 30 seconds per mile to determine your team's pace range. 

  3. Reaching the finish line between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

  4. Reducing vehicle and congestion on the course and in parking areas.

  5. Keeping teams within a 5.5-hour window so police, volunteers, and staff can assist your team.

Can I change our starting time?

We used an advanced computer program this year to put teams into a starting wave. Once your start wave is locked into position, changes will not be possible. All teams are placed in waves based upon the goal of your team reaching the finish line between 2:00-8:00 pm while maximizing fun on the course and spreading teams out evenly to keep traffic counts manageable at transition areas. Teams are not placed from slowest to fastest.

If we adjusted the start times requested after they were announced and during race week, it would require hours of reorganization and prevent us from adequately preparing the course and carrying out the events necessary for a successful race weekend. We understand things happen, and team changes occur, even at the last minute. If your team feels you will arrive too early or not reach the transition zones or finish line while they are open with your current start time, please plan to hold your runner or skip legs as needed and text Race Day HQ (803-728-4553) about these changes. Teams that skip legs can have team members run together during subsequent legs. 

Starting Line Location & Information: Recreation Pool Park, 65 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805

  • Teams should arrive no earlier than 25 minutes before their starting time so that we can allow the previous teams to leave the park.

  • Teams should check in when arriving with a V2V staff member to obtain your slap bracelet and timing chip. 

  • Safety gear will be required for all teams and mandatory for all active runners on the course before 7:00 am and after 7:30 pm. Safety gear includes a reflective safety vest, headlamp, and a rear-facing blinking LED light. 

Starting Times by Team Name 
Starting Times by Time 

*Each team's first runner should plan to start at their exact starting time and check in with a V2V staff member when arriving to receive your team's timing chip. If your team arrives after your start time, please see a V2V staff member before starting. Each team will have a slap bracelet with a timing chip that each active runner should carry. 

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