Shake Out Run with Zoe Romano


Thousands have climbed Mount Everest. Hundreds have run across the United States. But no one had ever run the route of the Tour de France until Zoe came along. Last May, Zoe Romano made history by being the first person to accomplish this daunting feat. She ran to save the lives of critically ill children through World Pediatric Project.

To learn more about both Zoe’s running and philanthropic journey go to her website at

Where: Meet near the Tennis Courts at River’s Edge Sports Complex in Roanoke
When: Friday before the Blue Ridge Marathon at 7:30
What: An easy 3 mile shake out jog before the big day!

Make sure if you decide to join us that you let us know your coming by joining our facebook event.  You’ll have three whole miles to pick Zoe’s brain about what inspired her to make way on such an epic journey. Plus you’ll be able to loosen up before the real run.

For all you Twitter users…follow @BRM26pt2 and @zoeromano, and use #runblueridge.

Last Minute to add Event Add-Ons

Add a few features to your Blue Ridge Marathon experience.

Pasta Dinner Tickets featuring guest speaker Zoe Romano:

  • Friday (6:30pm)
  • 3rd floor of City Market Building (where registration/packet pick up is)
  • Limited seating (pre-purchase highly recommended).  Unsold tickets will be available at the door on first-come-first-serve basis.
  • $25
  • Learn more and purchase tickets in advance

Real-time pace notification:

  • Notification sent to family and friends every time you cross a timing mat along the course (Start line, mile 5.5 (half), mile 14.6 (full), mile 22.1 (full) and Finish).
  • Only available for full and half marathon runners.
  • $6.25
  • Must register by April 10. There are no onsite registrations for this feature.
  • To purchase this feature follow this link and choose the “Additional Purchase” option.  Use password “BRM1550″ and then add your purchase. Please be sure to use the same name and email that you used to register for the race.

G. Love & Special Sauce Concert:

  • There will be free live music (part of the Down by Downtown Music Festival) from 9am-3pm in the Elmwood Amphitheater (finish line area)
  • A ticketed concert featuring G. Love & Special sauce will begin at 6pm (gates open at 5pm) in the Elmwood Amphitheater
  • Runners may purchase discounted tickets (up to two per runner).  $12 per ticket.
  • April 10 – last day to pre-purchase concert tickets.  Tickets will be noted on your runner bib, and your bib is your ticket into the concert (so don’t forget it). To pre-purchase concert tickets follow this link and choose the “Additional Purchase” option.  Use password “BRM1550″ and then add your purchase. Please be sure to use the same name and email that you used to register for the race.
  • Additional tickets will be available for purchase (if the concert hasn’t sold out) at registration/packet pickup and at the concert gate (show your runner bib to get discount.

Become a 2014 Official Blogger

BadgeFinal555As we gear up for the 2014 Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, we’re looking for a few wordsmiths to blog about the race, training for the race, and to host a race giveaway. All you need to do is enter information into the form below and you’re entered to become an Official Blogger.

Note: Previously running the BRM is not a prerequisite.

If chosen, you’ll receive a 2014 race entry (if you’re already entered, we can discuss alternatives) and an Official Blogger badge for your site. All we ask is that you host a race giveaway, blog at least once a month about the event, interact with our social media posts, and blog about your race weekend experience.

Deadline for entries is July 19. Bloggers will be announced Aug. 1, 2013.

What Others Had to Say about BRM

Here are a few blogs we collected post 2013 BRM – enjoy!  Did we miss one? Let us know and we’ll get it posted. Email pete @

Security Concerns Addressed (road closures, bags, etc.)

Race Participants, Volunteers, Sponsors, and Spectators:

In light of the events in Boston, the Roanoke Police Department in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies will be taking additional security precautions at this year’s Blue Ridge Marathon. The security precautions consist of a highly visible law enforcement presence, use of explosives detection K-9s, implementation of crowd screening stations at various locations, as well as a variety of other safety measures. The enhanced security plan was implemented out of caution in order to create the safest environment possible for the public, volunteers and participants of this event.

The goal of your law enforcement community is to provide an enjoyable experience for all race participants, volunteers, sponsors and spectators. However, in order to maximize the safety of the public we need your support. Please review the following security related items:

Bags, Back Packs. Large Purses and Packages: Bags and packages may be subject to inspection in certain designated locations in and around the event site. It is recommended that you avoid bringing bags or back packs to the event, which are large, have multiple compartments, or are otherwise difficult to access. If a bag is necessary it should be large enough to hold only the essential items you will need for the event. Do not leave any bags or packages unattended. If you locate an unattended bag or package please report it to your nearest law enforcement officer or race volunteer.

Parking: The no parking zone around the event will be setup Friday afternoon. Any vehicles parked in the no parking zone will be subject to tow at the owner’s expense. Park only in designated areas.

Suspicious Activity: If you observe any suspicious activity along the race route please report it immediately to the nearest law enforcement officer or race volunteer.

Items for Runners: It has been a common practice of some runners to pre-position energy drinks, food, and other comfort items along the race course. We ask that you refrain from this practice since a hidden innocuous item can easily be mistaken for a threat.


Chris Perkins
Chief of Police

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