If you are opting to run virtually this year, details will be posted here. We are still working out some of the finer points, and thank you for your patience while we work to create the best alternative race experience possible for 2020.
Here’s how it works:
- Anyone who signed up for a Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, half marathon, double marathon, Anthem 10k, or Freedom First Team Relay race distance before March 16 can switch to the virtual option for free. You have until April 13 to switch to the virtual race — to switch, go to https://myevents.active.com/ and select “Purchase Merchandise.”
- You will run the distance you originally signed up for in your location — outside, on your treadmill, etc.
- We will mail your race shirt and medal at no cost after the race window closes on May 4.
Virtual Race FAQ
When is the virtual race? You can run any time (and anywhere) between now and May 4, 2020. But you have to switch by April 13.
What do I need to do to prove I finished? Post anything — your finish, your miles on Strava, anything you feel appropriate — on social media with #runblueridge. That’s it.
Will I get a shirt and medal? Yes. We will mail them to you or you can pick it up at a party later this summer (details to come). Packages will be mailed 4-6 weeks after the virtual race ends on May 4.
Am I still eligible for the Triple Crown? Runners who opt to run the race virtually (half marathon, marathon, double marathon) or who choose to donate their entry fee to the Roanoke Outside Foundation will be eligible for the Triple Crown. Runners who opt to defer their entry to the 2021 race will NOT be eligible for the 2020 Triple Crown.
Can I run the course? If you like. But you will be on your own without support. You can find audio turn by turn directions on the RunGo app: Full Marathon Route, Half Marathon Route, and Star-K Route.
***UPDATE ON APRIL 3- The Roanoke River Greenway has been closed until further notice. Below are modified versions of each course that avoids the greenways. We have been given approval to run on the park road up to the star.
FOOT LEVELERS BLUE RIDGE- FULL: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/uzP18eZrnq
ANTHEM STAR 10K: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/7XHkjyC3UP
**Half misses out on Jefferson Hill, Star-K gets some bonus mileage.
Why run virtually? Your support helps us keep this event going. The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon is the Roanoke Outside Foundation’s largest fundraiser. Our race, or any race like this, has hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses incurred well before the start of the race; expenses that can’t carry over to a future date and that we lose. As a homegrown event, we are not sure if we can weather a scenario in which every runner defers until next year. We want you to continue to meet the challenge of completing America’s Toughest Road Marathon.