Race Beneficiaries

The Blue Ridge Marathon is a completely non-profit event and every penny of your entry not spent on operational costs is donated to one of our beneficiaries.  Over the last five years the Blue Ridge Marathon has donated over $65,000 to their primary beneficiary the FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway and other local non-profits.

Learn more about the organizations and how you can help…


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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:

  • Viewshed Protection Program
  • Interpretive Parkway Exhibits
  • Volunteers In Parks Program
  • Adopt-A-Trail Program
  • Parkway Environmental Awareness and Outreach Programs
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Information and Public Education
  • Preservation Initiatives for Historic Sites and Structures
  • “Save the Hemlock” Project

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.


The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is a national, nonprofit organization formed and led by relatives of children and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome. OAR is dedicated to promoting research that can be applied to help families, educators, caregivers, and individuals with autism find much-needed answers to their immediate and urgent questions. Committed to the excellence in its services to the autism community, OAR funds applied research that will make a difference in individual lives; provides information that is timely, useful, and cost-efficient; and offers opportunities for the autism community to collaborate and make advances together.


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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 Roanoke Outside, a 501c3 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.