In 2010 local runners and a volunteer-led committee crafted one of the most beautiful and most difficult marathons in the US. The elevation profile rose every year until 2014 and now boasts over 7,430 ft. on the full marathon course. Offering stunning overlooks, attentive aid staff, enthusiastic spectators, sweet swag, and what has been reviewed as, “…the best finish line festival ever,” the Blue Ridge Marathon has officially come into its own as a world-class race.
The race made it onto the “World’s 15 Toughest Marathons” List by the Weather Channel, was featured in Runner’s World Magazine, Ranked #1 on “Toughest Half Marathons in the World” by halfmarathons.net and too many more accolades to list in one spot. We have also earned a 100% satisfaction rating on marathonguide.com with hundreds of five star reviews. Read reviews
The Blue Ridge Marathon was initially created by the Roanoke Regional Partnership to showcase the region’s commitment to making outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship a core component of the Roanoke Region lifestyle.
As the race has grown, so has the need for it to become its own entity. The Blue Ridge Marathon now operates under Roanoke Outside, a 501c3 charitable organization with a mission to connect people to the outdoors. To date, the marathon has had over 1.5 million dollars in direct economic impact (read our latest report), and has donated over $65,000 to our beneficiaries.
Questions? Many answers to your race questions can be found on the FAQ page. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, then direct questions to our event manager, Julia Boas through our contact form.
Questions regarding the YMCA Kids Marathon should be directed to Karen Wilbourne at (540) 342-9622 (x3133).