Race Beneficiary


Proceeds from the Blue Ridge Marathon will benefit the FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway. 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.