Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon
Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon( 45 reviews )
- 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Virtual Race, Relay, Other
- Road Race
- Event Website
scott snellegg harbor township, New Jersey, United States
Virtual races will never be the same as in person races. That is just a fact. In some ways virtual races have an advantage over actual races. Virtual events of course negate the need for travel plans and save all the associated costs making them simpler and more affordable. They are also much easier to work into a busy schedule making them more accessible. But, all that being said, I still much prefer the excitement, feel, and energy of in real life races. Especially for a race like the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon as I have heard (and seen pics) of just how beautiful and scenic the actual course is. For that reason, I believe I suffered from a bit of FOMO while running the virtual option.
The highlight for me of this virtual run that made it unique was that it had an elevation gain requirement. Yes, not only do you run the distance, you also run it on a route that meets the minimum elevation gain guidelines. And I will add that they did not skimp on the swag. The finisher medal is one of the largest I’ve received at any race.
I have no complaints about the virtual race, but if I run this one again it will most likely be in person on the actual course.