Maybe you’ve heard of the Blue Ridge Marathon…
Maybe you read my race report from running the half last year…
Maybe you like a little challenge…
Ok, maybe it’s more than a little challenge! There might be a few hills mountains.
From the official Blue Ridge Marathon website:
Local runners have crafted one of the most challenging and beautiful marathons on the east coast. In 2010 the full marathon course included 3,076 feet of total elevation gain and 6,140 feet of total elevation change, but that just wasn’t enough.
The 2012 course includes 3,620 feet of total elevation gain and 7,234 feet of total elevation change. Kind of gives new meaning to runner’s high.
The uphill portions will test each runner’s strength and endurance while the equally challenging downhill sections are sure to weed out those who are unprepared. The breathtaking views and stunning Blue Ridge Mountain scenery will offer some reprieve to runners as they persevere to the finish line! Are you up for the challenge of America’s Toughest Road Marathon?
- What: Full & Half Marathon. 5-Person Team Relay. Walking Half. YMCA Kids Marathon
- Where: Roanoke, VA and Blue Ridge Parkway
- Date: April 20, 2013
- Start Time: 7:30 am
- Begins: Taubman Museum of Art
- Ends: Taubman Museum of Art
- Total Elevation Change: ~7,234 ft. (full), ~2,500 ft. (half)
- Most Difficult Section: Roanoke Mountain on Blue Ridge Parkway
- Awards: All runners receive finisher medals. Top male and top female finisher of full marathon receive a Tag Heuer watch courtesy of Fink’s Jewelers
- Beneficiary: Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway
- Honorary Race Chair: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Va)
- Magnificent Views: Plenty
Net proceeds from this race will go to Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway – the official National Park Service Blue Ridge Parkway’s 501(c)(3) membership organization for visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway works tirelessly to protect, preserve, and enhance the Blue Ridge Parkway – a national treasure!
Sounds awesome, right? It is! It was the hardest half I’ve ever done, but it was absolutely one of the best organized and friendliest races I’ve ever run. Assuming I survive my 5 in 5, I plan to go back again this year for the half.
Anyways, I’m taking a moment from my preparation for Hurricane Sandy, AKA the Frankenstorm, to give you a chance to win an entry.
Good luck! And hopefully we’ll continue to have power and I can tell you all about my crazy weekend!
Disclaimer: Blue Ridge Marathon provided me with a free entry for myself and a free entry to give away. All opinions are my own.