Local runners have crafted one of the most challenging and beautiful marathons on the east coast. In 2010 the full marathon course included 3,076 feet of total elevation gain and 6,140 feet of total elevation change, but that just wasn’t enough.
The 2013 course includes 3,620 feet of total elevation gain and 7,234 feet of total elevation change. Kind of gives new meaning to runner’s high. Rumor has it there may be a few more feet of elevation change added to the 2014 course.
The uphill portions will test each runner’s strength and endurance while the equally challenging downhill sections are sure to weed out those who are unprepared. The breathtaking views and stunning Blue Ridge Mountain scenery will offer some reprieve to runners as they persevere to the finish line! Are you up for the challenge of America’s Toughest Road Marathon?
- What: Full & Half Marathon. 5-Person Team Relay. Walking Half. YMCA Kids Marathon
- Where: Roanoke, VA and Blue Ridge Parkway
- Date: April 26, 2014
- Start Time: 7:35 am
- Begins: Jefferson Street (downtown Roanoke)
- Ends: Taubman Museum of Art (one block from start)
- Total Elevation Change: ~7,234 ft. (full), ~2,500 ft. (half). Rumor has it this may increase in 2014.
- Most Difficult Section: Roanoke Mountain on Blue Ridge Parkway
- Awards: All runners receive finisher medals plus these additional awards based on place.
- Beneficiary: Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway
- Honorary Race Chair: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Va)
- Magnificent Views: Plenty
Net proceeds from this race will go to Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway – the official National Park Service Blue Ridge Parkway’s 501(c)(3) membership organization for visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway works tirelessly to protect, preserve, and enhance the Blue Ridge Parkway – a national treasure!
The organizers would like to thank the National Park Service for its support of this event. We would also like to acknowledge the support of Honorary Race Chair Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Roanoke.