It's the afternoon before the 17th Annual Biltmore/Kiwanis 15K/5K Classic, and Kiwanis members are streaming in and out of the hotel where runners will register and pick up their packets. T-shirts are being laid out on tables. A Kiwanis banner is hoisted to the roof. Registration forms and information packets are neatly arranged in rows. And a lone runner has shown up an hour early to get in line.
Taz Kicklighter traveled to Asheville, North Carolina, from Cleveland, Tennessee, to run in the 15K with his wife, who also brought her mom along to watch with their children, ages 3 and 1.
“We’re curious about the weather, for sure,” says Kicklighter, mentioning the rain forecast expected for race time. “But we’re definitely excited about the Biltmore. This is the first time my wife and I will run in a longer race together, and we hear this is a really pretty run.”
Pretty run may be somewhat of an understatement. The annual race, staged by the Kiwanis Club of Asheville, is held on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, known affectionately as “America’s Largest Home.” As you'll discover in this September 2014 Kiwanis magazine feature, the grounds of the estate offer a stunning backdrop for the runners, who travel from all over the country to be part of the event.
For an added dimension of Kiwanis storytelling, read the new Kiwanis magazine iPad app. There, you can enjoy a video about a Wisconsin Kiwanian who built a two-story theater in his home's basement for a massive, five-keyboard, 2,500-pipe Wurlitzer organ. And you just may discover the next Steven Spielberg at the Idaho Falls, Idaho, Kiwanis Club's annual Teen Film Festival.
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