“One of the best finish line festivals so far. Craft beer, live music, fantastic food and free massages! To top it off, Roanoke is a great town. I definitely recommend this marathon. But be warned, you definitely EARN your medal!”
-J. Cullen from Baltimore, MD (4/29/14)
Finish Festival Details:
Location: Elmwood Park & Amphitheater in Downtown Roanoke
Festival Times: 8:00am-3:00pm
Ticketed Headliner Concert: Gates Open at 5:30pm
What to Expect: Food trucks, local craft beers (one free beer per runner), artists & vendors, free live music, free massages & food tent for runners, awards ceremonies, swag from sponsors and lots of cheering! Plus its a two minute walk right into the heart of downtown Roanoke!
Down by Downtown Music Festival:
Music and running just seem to go well together, which is why we’ve partnered with the Down by Downtown Music Festival to bring our runners live music all weekend long.
This 3-day festival will feature ~25 live performances at 15+ venues throughout downtown Roanoke, and culminates with a Saturday headliner at Elmwood Amphitheatre following the marathon. Racers get two tickets at a significantly reduced rate from the general admission admission. More ticket details for 2017 COMING SOON!
In addition to the FREE live music throughout race day at the finish line, this year we have also added a FREE concert on Friday night at Elmwood Amphitheatre. So after the race expo take a short walk (5 min.) over to check out the finish line and the free show. Click here for more details on the bands, show times & tickets.
Location: Elmwood Park Amphitheater
Anthem Star 10K Ceremony: 10:00am
Foot Levelers Half Marathon Ceremony: 12:00pm
Foot Levelers Full Marathon Ceremony: 2:00pm
Click here for more details about our awards’ ceremonies.
There will be free live music acts in between each ceremony to entertain spectators and runners waiting for their prizes. Your runner bib will feature a QR code that you can scan 30 seconds after you cross the finish line for your finishing results. There will also be large TV monitors where results will be posted in real time.
Fleet Feet Sports Recovery Zone:
Thanks to Fleet Feet Sports Roanoke you will have all your recovery needs met right as you cross the finish line. This isn’t your ordinary finish line either, you will be pampered with complimentary massages from local therapists, chiropractic adjustments, ice baths, free access to Addaday Therapy Sticks & foam rollers, and 15 min. recovery yoga sessions.
There will even a recovery expo where your trusted friends at Fleet Feet can offer you advice on nutrition, compression, footwear, and more. Click the link for details about our ever-growing recovery zone!
For all ages categories, in each race the top three finishers will receive a hand welded “runner’s spike” built by a local welding school and powder coated right here in Roanoke, VA. Since they are all hand made no two are alike, just like our runners! These trophies are a beautiful addition to any mantel, and a great conversation starter. The “runner’s spike” idea is built around Roanoke’s heritage as a railroad town. The railroad still runs right through the heart of the city and soon you will be able to take a passenger train from downtown Roanoke to major cities such as DC, Boston and NYC. Each trophy also has a small medallion indicating your age bracket, year, the race in which you competed and place.
Special Finisher’s Medals:
Everyone knows that half the reason you run these crazy races is for the shirt, swag and finisher’s medal and the Blue Ridge Marathon does not disappoint. The full marathon finishers receive a medal which can be converted into a beast belt buckle, the half marathon finishers will receive a medal which doubles as a bottle openers, and the Star 10k finishers receive a big star signifying your journey up to the Mill Mountain Star and back. Plus for the first time in 2015 ALL FINISHERS will receive a pair of Farm to Feet Running Socks.