FAQ

Please review the details provided on the Registration page. If your question is not answered here, email us and we’ll get back to you with an answer!

QUESTIONS:

  1. Is this a Rain or Shine event? – YES!
  2. What type of running surfaces on the course?
  3. Can I register on the day of the race?
  4. What is the time limit for the Full Marathon and the Half-Marathon?
  5. What type of liquids/gel do you provide along the course?
  6. Where will the water stops be?
  7. Is the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon a qualifier for the Boston Marathon?
  8. How do I dress (layers?) for the Blue Ridge Marathon?
  9. Are there awards for each age group?
  10. Is it possible to drive the marathon course?
  11. Will photos be taken along the course and at the finish?
  12. Can someone pick my packet up for me?
  13. Can I transfer between races? Is there an additional cost? How can I change my status prior to race day?
  14. I have read that it sometimes helps if a friend joins you to run for a few miles at the end of the marathon (i.e. miles 22-24) for moral support. What are the marathon rules about this?
  15. Can a race bib be transferred to someone else?
  16. I was injured after registering for the race. Can I get a refund or defer until next year?
  17. Can I wear headphones while racing on the Blue Ridge Marathon course?
  18. Will you mail or email confirmation to me?
  19. What is the half marathon course like?
  20. Where should I park?
  21. Are showers available on race day?
  22. How do I change a member of my Relay Team?
  23. Will I be able to pick up my timing chip Friday, April 20, 2012 at Packet Pick up?
  24. Will there be massage therapists available?


ANSWERS:

  1. Is this a Rain or Shine Event? YES!
  2. What type of running surfaces on the course?
    All of the race is run on paved asphalt. Back to top
  3. Can I register on the day of the race?
    No, the last opportunity to register is at Packet Pick Up and Expo on the Friday before race day from 3:00 pm to 8:00pm. A $10 processing fee will be applied. Cash or Check only.  There is NO same-day registration. Back to top
  4. What is the time limit for the full Marathon and the Half-Marathon? The Time Limit for both courses are 7.5 hrs. That will be a 17:17 min/mile pace for the full marathon course and 34:35 pace for the half. There will be a 6 hr cut off at Mile 22 (full) at the corner of Jefferson & Highland Ave.  Anyone who can not make the 6 hr cut off will be pulled from the course and transported back to the finish line. This is regulation is for your safety.  All walkers will be required to walk on the sidewalks whenever applicable. Back to top
  5. What type of liquids/gel do you provide along the course?
    We provide GU Electrolyte Brew and water at all fluid stations along the course. GU Energy Gels will be available at mile 7, 18.5, and 23 for the full marathon, and mile 7.5 for the half marathon.
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  6. Where will the water stops be?
    Full Marathon – miles: 1.4, 3, 4.2, 5.4, 6.6, 7.4, 9.2, 9.8, 11, 12.1, 13, 14.6, 15.6, 17.4, 18.3, 19.1, 20.5, 22.1, 23.3, 24.5, and 25.4.
    Half Marathon – miles: 1.4, 3, 3.8, 5.4, 6.7, 7.7, 8.8, 10, 11.2, and 12.1. Back to top
  7. Is the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon a qualifier for the Boston Marathon?
    Technically the answer is yes. But just remember that this is America’s Toughest Road Marathon and most people aren’t setting personal records on this course.  It has happened before but I wouldn’t bet on it.  Back to top
  8. How do I dress (layers?) for the Blue Ridge Marathon?
    Weather in Roanoke, VA in the Spring can vary dramatically. 2010 weather was overcast with a high of 63 degrees.  2011 was 55 degrees and rainy, and in 2014 it was sunny and 65. We suggest you bring gloves, a hat and long sleeve shirt. Early in the race, you might have to shed some clothes so don’t wear anything too nice in case you want to throw them away (your competitor bib number must be pinned to the front of the clothing you wear since event officials will be inviting unregistered runners to exit the course. You could be mistakenly identified as an unregistered runner if your bib number is not visible). If you want to shed some clothes prior to the race start, you will be able to check them into the Gear Transfer Station and have it transferred to the finish line. See the Weather section of the website for historical race day temperatures. Back to top
  9. Are there awards for each age group?
    Yes, Awards will be give to the top three males and females in each age group. Back to top
  10. Is it possible to drive the marathon course?
    It’s not entirely drivable. You will not be able to drive the back side of Mill Mountain after reaching the Mill Mountain Star and Roanoke Greenway portion. Otherwise, the remainder of the course can be driven. Back to top
  11. Will photos be taken along the course and at the finish?
    Yes. There will be exciting photo points along the course that will be clearly identified as well as at the finish. Race photos are taken by Game Face Media, are provided for FREE.  A link will be available on our website witin 48 hours after race day.  You can sign up now to receive an email notifying you that photos are online and ready for viewing.   Back to top
  12. Can someone pick my packet up for me?
    We strongly encourage all runners to pick up their own race packet at the Packet Pick Up and Expo. It is important for runners to verify their data and make any necessary changes. However, if it is not possible for you to pick-up your own packet, you may have someone pick it up for you. That person will be responsible for verifying personal race information (name, age, birthdate, etc.) and must bring a copy of your driver’s license or government issued ID. This is for special circumstances ONLY. Picking up multiple packets for groups of friends will not be permitted. Back to top
  13. If I sign up for the half and I later decide that I want to run the marathon, can I switch events? Is there an additional cost? How can I change my status prior to race day?
    You can transfer between the races. Please email our event manager and they will take care of the transfer for you, and send you a new confirmation email for your records.  There are NO refunds awarded for transfer down a race, if trasnfering up the difference in cost will be charged to your card on file.  Typically any discount that you originally registered under will be honored on a percentage basis.  These changes can be made via email through Sunday, April 12th at midnight.  After that you must transfer in person at the packet pick-up on Friday prior to race day.     Back to top
  14. I have read that it sometimes helps if a friend joins you to run for a few miles at the end of the marathon (i.e. miles 22-24) for moral support. What are the marathon rules about this?
    Due to liability considerations, and out of respect for the registered participants, non-registered runners are not permitted to run or walk within the boundaries of the official marathon course. Friends may stand adjacent to the edge of the defined course and cheer the participants on! Friends must NEVER cross the finish line or enter the finish zone which begins approximately 2/10 mile before the finish. Back to top
  15. Can a race bib be transferred to someone else?
    No. Bibs are not transferable. Transferred bibs will result in disqualification. Back to top
  16. I was injured after registering for the race. Can I get a refund or defer until next year?
    No – there will be NO refunds or deferments. We incur fixed costs for each runner based on registration numbers. As a result, we are not able to allow any refunds. Back to top
  17. Can I wear headphones while racing on the Blue Ridge Marathon and Half Marathon course?
    Yes. Back to top
  18. Will you mail or email confirmation to me?
    If you register online, you will receive a Confirmation Email immediately. We do advise early registration. Registration fees increase the closer it gets to race day. Back to top
  19. Where should I park?
    There are public parking garages throughout the downtown area. We recommend the Elmwood Deck off of Franklin Rd., once that one is full we recommend the one off of Church Ave. in the heart of downtown.  Both are within a 5 minute walk of the starting line & festival finish.  Click here to view a map of parking garages. Back to top
  20. Are showers available on race day? Yes, shower facilities will be available for free at the Downtown Kirk YMCA located at 520 Church Ave. To use the Y’s facilities, you will show your bib at the front desk. There will be directions in with your Final Instructions. Back to top
  21. Will I be able to pick up my timing chip at Packet Pick up?
    All runners will utilize disposable chips.  This means that you can pick your chip up Friday at Packet Pick up. Back to top
  22. Will there be massage therapists available?
    Yes! They will be at the finish line. There is no official charge but volunteers (licensed professionals) will be accepting tips for their efforts, please compensate accordingly. For runners it is a recovery massage but spectators can get in on the action too. Back to top