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Thomas Wolfe 8K

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The Thomas Wolfe 8K is Asheville's oldest and most prestigious running event. First run in 1976, the run will celebrate its 43rd year in 2019! This beautiful autumn run/walk highlights many of Asheville's historic sites! Start at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial House and continue to run past his final resting place.

Once upon a time, there was a whole festival celebrating the life and work of Asheville's favorite son, Thomas Wolfe. The event took place over the first weekend in October to coincide with his birthday, Oct. 3rd. The festival has gone away and the race has been moved to the end of the month to make it optimal leaf peeping time.

The distance had been a 10k at one point but changed to an 8k along the way. There have been many volunteer race directors but due to the logistics and to promote the growth the race is now managed by Kick It Event Management but it still benefits the Asheville Track Club, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial as well as our volunteer sponsor - Read to Succeed.

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Thomas Wolfe 8K route

The race starts at the Old Homestead which was originally a boarding house managed by Thomas Wolfe's mother. Runners will start from the front of the house and travel through downtown to the historic Montford neighborhood mentioned in Wolfe's writings. This is the ONLY race in Asheville to run through the Riverside Cemetary. Participants can take a quick moment to recognize this American treasure as you pass by his final resting place.

Event Details

What’s Included

After the race, runners (21+ years old) can get a complimentary Catawba Brewing beer that is included in registration. There will also be post race snacks!

The Awards
Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female overall finishers, to the top male and female in the Masters Division (40+), and to the top male and female in the Grandmasters Division (50+).

Age group awards will be determined based on registration by Sept 1, 2019.

Awards Ceremony will take place at 11:00am.

Sprint prizes will be awarded to the first male and female to the 1 Mile ($50), 3 Mile ($50) and Finish ($50) in the form a gift certificate from Jus' Running!

Note: Race shirts are optional and not included in the registration fee. There may be a limited number of shirts available race day but if you really want one add it onto your registration.

Raceday Logistics

Race Day Schedule

  • October 25 4:00 PM EDT - Packet Pick-Up/Registration at Catawba Brewing - 32
  • Banks Ave.
  • October 26 7:00 AM EDT - Event Day Packet Pick-Up/Registration at the Thomas
  • Wolfe Memorial House
  • October 26 9:00 AM EDT - 8k Race Start
  • October 26 11:00 AM EDT - Awards Ceremony

Packet Pick Up
10/25 4:00-6:00PM Early Packet Pick up/Registration at Catawba Brewing - 32 Banks Ave.

10/26 7:00-9:00AM Onsite Packet Pick up/Registration at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial House - 52 N. Market Street


Spectators are welcome!


Want to help out at the race and earn $$ for Read to Succeed at the same time? Head over to to sign up!


Refund and Cancellation Policy
The Thomas Wolfe 8k has a NO REFUND policy. However, we do offer partial discount codes for cancellations during our cancellation periods.

A discount code for 50% of your race registration fee will be offered until 10 days prior to the race date. Discount codes can be used to register for next year's race and will be valid for 12 months after the event date.

We offer Ticket Guardian during the registration process to protect your purchase from injury etc.

You may transfer your registration to another runners up to 3 days before the event. Click the TRANSFER button.

Thomas Wolfe 8K weather forecast

Rain until morning, starting again in the evening.

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