The first Asheville Marathon, held on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, presented brutal weather conditions and a beautiful backdrop Sunday. The temperature was in the upper 20s and low 30s for the morning start, and a harsh wind blew all day.
Here’s the Asheville Citizen-Times run-down.
Frigid conditions — temperatures in the 20s, gusty winds and a wind chill dipping to 8 degrees — resulted in several runners, including overall winner Jason Bodnar, of Candler, being transported from the race venue at Biltmore Estate to Mission Hospital for mild hypothermia.
Marissa Weiss, of Raleigh, the top female finisher, managed to avoid a trip to the emergency room, saying she layered her clothing and wore two pairs of gloves.
And check out these great photos by Asheville photographer Cindy Kunst.