Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon

Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon

Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon

( 34 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Roanoke,
    Virginia,
    United States
  • April
  • 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Virtual Race, Relay, Other
  • Road Race
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The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon was created in 2010 by a committee of volunteers who were equally passionate about our running community, the outdoors, the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains that surround our region and of course helping others. What better way to showcase the beauty of our region than to host a marathon?

To highlight all our regions assets, the committee designed a one-of-a-kind course that summits at the top of three unique mountains, weaves through the streets of historic homes and ends in our eclectic downtown with great live music, craft beer and friends. Every time we convince someone to run our race we want them to feel like Roanoke is a second home, so our community, volunteers and staff go WAY above and beyond to ensure that the Blue Ridge will be one of the best race experiences you’ve ever had. While our course is known for its tough elevation change, it has also become widely recognized as one of the most friendly and well-run events in the country.

But don’t take our word for it! Check out all our BibRave reviews to see why people love Blue Ridge so much.

Plus unlike many large race series these days we aren’t taking home thousands of dollars each year in your hard earned cash. We donate every single penny from our race to non-profits, charities and civic organizations throughout the region. Click here to learn more about our charitable giving program, or how your organization can apply for our volunteer incentive program.

Jenn Savedge

Luray, Virginia, United States
25 15
2019
"It's the hard that makes it great!"
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Jenn Savedge's thoughts:

It was hard to find enough stars to give this race. Especially in the ELEVATION category! The Blue Ridge Marathon is epic in the true sense of the word. It's tough as nails but that is what makes it so appealing!

Here are my takeaways:

The Expo: The Expo for the Blue Ridge Marathon was held at the Patrick Henry Hotel, which is right across the street from the Start/Finish Line. This made logistics a breeze in terms of selecting a hotel and finding my way around. Unlike big race expos, this one seemed less about shopping (although there were still plenty of things to try/purchase) and more about getting to know other runners.

Runners get a free drink at the bar during the expo so it seemed like most folks picked up their packets, browsed through the merchandise and then congregated at the bar. It made for a cool, fun vibe.

Events: The Blue Ridge Marathon isn’t just a one-off race. It’s a whole weekend of events that include a shakeout run, a pre-race concert, a day of races (10K, Half, and Full), and a Slow K on Sunday morning that stressed an easy-going pace (you were encouraged to walk and talk with your coffee and donuts)! THIS WAS BY FAR MY FAVORITE PART OF THIS ENTIRE RACE WEEKEND!!

The Course: The course is hard. There is no other way to say it. But in the immortal words of Tom Hanks (League of Their Own,) "It's the hard that makes it great." Train for the hills...both the ups and the downs...and you will have a much better day than if you try to wing it. This course is not for the faint of heart. But the views are absolutely stunning and (almost) worth every foot of elevation change it takes to get to them.

The Support: So, so good. Volunteers were everywhere. Water stations were aplenty. Spectators and community members came out in droves to offer water, jello shots, "moo-mosas," and one spot even had a kissing booth!

The Amenities: Swag included a beautiful tee (made from recycled materials) and a medal for the marathon and a fantastic coffee mug for Sunday's Slow K. LOVE!

Bottom Line: If you love a challenge, you will freakin' love this race.

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