The Blue Ridge Marathon has been a community built and operated event since it’s inception in 2010. Since then, our race has continued to grow and positively impact the entire Roanoke Region, and now that we have more to give…we’re spreading the wealth!! The Blue Ridge Marathon is a 100% non-profit event and all proceeds go to benefit local charities with our main beneficiary being the FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Since our creation we have donated over $185,000 directly to charity and have had an economic impact in the region of $4.5 million.
Learn more about the organizations and how you can help…
FRIENDS is a non-profit, volunteer organization that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Blue Ridge Parkway, a national treasure. FRIENDS programs focus on preservation, protection and education.
Saving Parkway Views is FRIENDS signature project. FRIENDS is the only authorized Blue Ridge Parkway partner organization that has been given this project under an agreement with the Park Service.
You can make a difference by joining FRIENDS preservation movement today to protect the Blue Ridge Parkway for the future! Join NOW and make a difference! Individual and corporate members’ support makes possible the following types of Blue Ridge Parkway programs:
FRIENDS is an official Blue Ridge Parkway National Park Service Partner and is one of the fastest growing Friends groups in the nation, with over 8,000 members. Join TODAY! Be a Parkway volunteer! You can preserve the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway and have a lot of fun while you’re doing something great for the environment and the Parkway’s future.
Other Beneficiaries Present & Past
- Downtown Rotary
- Roanoke Valley Devo Junior Mountain Bike Team
- Kiwanis Club of Roanoke
- Roanoke Catholic School
- Roanoke Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association
- Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon
- Rotary New Generations
- Impact Youth
- Roanoke Valley SPCA
- Junior League of Roanoke Valley
- Temple Emanuel
- Grandin Theatre Foundation
- Star City Cycling
- Ghent Grace
- Patrick Henry High School Band
- Cave Spring High School Band
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes Endurance
- Girls on the Run
- Hope Worldwide
- Slam Duncan’s Children’s Charity
- Roanoke Disc Golf
- Roanoke Outside Foundation
The Blue Ridge Marathon was initially created by the Roanoke Regional Partnership to showcase the region’s incredible beauty, mountainous terrain, charming neighborhood, thriving downtown, friendly citizens and outdoor amenities. As the marathon grew, so did the need for it to become its own entity.
The Blue Ridge Marathon now operates under the Roanoke Outside Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization with a mission to make outdoor activity and environmental stewardship a core component of the community’s lifestyle by promoting a “conservation through recreation” philosophy. The foundation is known for its large scale events such as this race, the Roanoke GO Outside Festival and the Radical Reels Film Festival. The Foundation also uses its resources to advocate for bike lanes, greenway completion, river access, and trail development thereby driving the community narrative toward a focus on the outdoors.
If you would like to impact the Roanoke Region in a meaningful way, please consider a donation to support the outdoors.