- 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Virtual Race, Relay, Other
- Road Race
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Definitely meets the advertisement as "America's Toughest Road Marathon.” This was my second year participating in the Half Marathon and I will be participating in it again in 2020.
I am not going to give you false hope that this is a simple up and down course. This is a tough challenge, but it is the tough challenge that you want to have in your life as a running. If you chose this mission, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the surrounding mountainscape.
Also, Roanoke shows up to welcome the running community to its city for the race. It is cool that there is a music festival that occurs the same time which adds to the attraction of this race. The race is well managed and spectators were everywhere (especially in Peakwood). The residents of Peakwood make you want to move to Roanoke. I love them!
One major drawback (in my opinion) was the size of the expo. It is small but that is to be expected given how the close and personal the overall race and surrounding community are. You will hardly notice the size of the expo because you will taken away by the community. T-shirts were made with some type of recycled material in 2019 but better design than 2018.