TEAM BETSY: Battling Cancer at the Blue Ridge Marathon

For those of us who are runners, we understand the attraction of a challenge. We connect with the idea of pushing the boundaries of what we are capable of as humans. We also know how personal they are, what we define as a “challenge” is different for everyone. It isn’t about achieving the goals that […]


Race Merchandise Now Available Online

As those who have run  America’s Toughest Road Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k know, this race is not for the faint of heart.  You’ve earned bragging rights, so tout your accomplishments with some sweet gear and feel good about it.  We are a 100% non-profit race and all proceeds whether through race entries or merchandise go […]


Blue Ridge Marathon Impact Continues to Grow, Tops $3.2 Million Over 7 Years

Report provided by “Roanoke Business News” and the Roanoke Regional Partnership (May 2016)…   DOWNLOAD ECONOMIC IMPACT REPORT 2016 More racers brought more money to the Roanoke Region’s economy during the seventh annual Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, half marathon, and Anthem Star 10K. “America’s Toughest Road Marathon” hosted 1,844 runners who generated more than […]

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The Power to Inspire Award Given to Local Roanoke Runner

This is Marion. As you can see from an ad campaign that was run by the Blue Ridge Marathon this fall, he is pretty tough. On paper Marion Childress fits all the criteria of what makes someone exceptional…war vet, cancer survivor, the fact that he is still running marathons in his 60’s. But once you […]

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Become an Official 2016 Blogger!

Once again the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon is looking for bloggers of all kinds to spread the word about “America’s Toughest Road Marathon” (we know it’s the best, but it’s better coming from you). Bloggers don’t have to participate in the full marathon; Anthem Star 10k and Blue Ridge Half Marathon participants are welcome […]

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2015/2016 Expo Tour Announced

Foot Levelers and the Blue Ridge Marathon are coming to a city near you! We have selected six races where runners can come and meet the race director or event manager, and pick their brains about “America’s Toughest Road Marathon” face-to-face.  Our bucket list race takes a little courage to register for, and a lot […]

Buy 2015 Race Shirts

Leftover 2015 race shirt are now available (in limited quantities) for purchase online. The shirts are sold at cost with shipping & tax included for a flat rate of $10. Once your order is placed, the item will ship within 7 business days. Only the sizes shown are available. The technical race shirts are lightweight […]

Download the 2015 Race Guide

Click the Guide Cover Image Below to Download: Race Guide Table of Contents: Runner Welcome from Foot Levelers Event Schedule Aid Station Location Map Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon Map Downtown Attractions Downtown Event Map (Includes locations for pasta dinner, packet pick up, finish/start line, live music, first aid, etc.) Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half […]

Foot Levelers Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music Acts

Big Head Todd & the Monsters and MarchFourth! Press Release February 21, 2015 – Organizers of the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon and Down By Downtown Music Festival are once again expanding the schedule in Downtown Roanoke as a part of the 6th Annual event (April 16-18). The weekend of live music kicks off Thursday […]

Have Your Marathon Story Told By WDBJ Channel 7

As many of you are aware, local CBS Station WDBJ Channel 7 provides live television coverage of the Blue Ridge Marathon. However, you may not know that they also profile interesting human interest stories during the weeks leading up to race day. Do you know a runner with a unique story to tell? Nominate a […]