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.

Nilesh Tharval

North Carolina, United States
4 5
2021
"Good Virtual race experience "
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Nilesh Tharval's thoughts:

Disclaimer: I received a race entry to the Blue Ridge Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

I know Blue Ridge Mountains only for one reason Fall colors and I love it, but when I heard about Blue Ridge Race, I was excited to know more details about it. As its logo says its one of the toughest road race in United States. I was thinking how can participate in this race, due to current COVID situation I was hesitant to run in-person race! They had a virtual race option I immediately registered for 10 km considering my other race schedule, 10k race was fitting perfectly. They have all option in this race Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. Virtual run window was pretty wide 1st Apr till 30th Apr whole month. But I decided to run this race on actual race day at Morrisville, North Carolina. Definitely you will ask me will you able to gain that much elevation no not at all. but I decide to run race with my fullest energy and get my personal best time.

Communication from race organisation was very apt. I was well informed about the event rules and complete information about running virtual race. I had one doubt about elevation so I wrote email to race director and I was so amaze to get reply within 1 hours time. I can image how busy that person could be just one day before race, but I got my reply within no time.

Fortunately that day one of our Morrisville Runners group friend who recently relocated to Boston was visiting us and he asked is anyone running this weekend? and all of my buddies jumped on this opportunity to run together. (which is seldom these days due to Covid and Winter). I had to change my route for my runner friends. We all decided the route starting from Davis drive towards crab-tree lake and coming back, morning 6:45 start time.

It was good to see MRC team meeting after long time. We had group picture and started the run. Race for me as other members were running regular 8 miles run. From beginning I was determined to get my 10K PR today, i just waved my crew and kicked off 1st Miles was 7:20 min/m, what a good start and kept going, 7:17, 7:22,7:13 at 4 miles I had to turn back.

After 5th mile crossed my crew, Ajai gave me running hifi. That mile was one the fastest mile 7:09.
Somehow at 6 mile I was bit slow may be the GPS reception in woods was sketchy got 7:16. As soon as I got 6 mile beep, i started pushing really hard endorphins was kicking me off. Last 0.22 miles was with runners high pace was very close to 6 m/m and finally got my 6.23 miles saw the timing it was 45:02. amazing.
I broke my one week old PR by 1 min 28 sec.

After finishing my race ran back toward MRC runners, they were returning towards starting point ran with them for another 3.8 miles. and finally Jumping signature picture.

I can’t wait to get my swag in the mail! I’ll be sure to post an update so I can share what my swag looks like. And hopefully in the future I can attempt one of the Blue Ridge Races in person!

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