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This was my fourth year running the Blue Ridge Half and it did not disappoint. The expo was set up at the Start Finish area in Elmwood park and had a great market feel to it with the layout. There were free concerts going on next door at the amphitheater. The food truck choices were good but not really day before race fuel so I walked about 2 blocks to Jack Browns for a burger and sweet potato fries. I always eat a burger the night before a race, I'm not a fan of the pasta sitting on me all night. I stayed nearby at a nice Air BnB in a quiet neighborhood.
Race day, I got to the finish an hour early and parked in a nearby garage and met up with several friends. The course is challenging for a half with over 1700' elevation gain and the climbing starts early. Those climbs are rewarded with beautiful views overlooking the town and nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. The town comes out and cheers and has block parties so it has a great feeling. The water stops are well stocked and everyone is encouraging and friendly.
After crossing the finish you're back at the park and the packet pick up tent is now the food and beverage tent. There's recovery tables set up with local PT doing massages, and rolling what hurts. The award ceremony happens between bands in the amphitheater.
Over all, this is one of my favorite races and I'm already looking forward to 2023!