Race Friends

Here you’ll find businesses, organizations, blogs, other races, etc. that help make the Blue Ridge Marathon, America’s Toughest Road Marathon!

Community Partners:

  • City of Roanoke
  • Roanoke Police Department
  • Roanoke Fire EMS
  • Roanoke Solid Waste
  • Roanoke 911
  • Carilion Police Department
  • Carilion EMS
  • FBI
  • Roanoke Sheriffs Office
  • Blue Ridge Parkway staff
  • YMCA

Odyssey Adventure Racing is not only the Blue Ridge Marathon race management team,but also a unique race promotion organization that specializes in premier ultra-distance and extreme sporting events. Our mission is to create and produce competitive experiences that provide athletes with mental and physical challenges not found in more traditional sports. We strive to attract adventurous individuals who are eager to escape their ordinary routines through bold and daring endurance competitions.

Clean Valley Council
cvcIn addition to keeping the Blue Ridge Marathon a Virginia Green Event, The Clean Valley Council is a non-profit organization that has served the Roanoke Valley for more than 30 years.  CVC provides educational programming and citizen participation events to spread the word about litter prevention, recycling, wastestream reduction, stormwater pollution prevention and protecting our natural resources.  We are the go to resource for local recycling information.  CVC provides educational resources and programming for the school systems, the public and the municipalities in the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the counties of Botetourt and Roanoke and the town of Vinton. We host and sponsor several valley-wide litter cleanup events and e-waste collections each year.

texastavernTexas Tavern
Since 1930, the Texas Tavern has held a spot in the history of Roanoke, VA as well as the hearts of everyone who has visited. Over 20 million bowls (and counting) have been served. In addition, we have several other menu items that have become synonymous with the culture of this Roanoke, Virginia landmark. For years we have been serving favorites such as the unique “Cheesy Western”. No trip to Roanoke is complete without a visit to the Texas Tavern.

DxDTDown by Downtown is a partner we can get behind. This multi-day music festival provides live music both Friday night (packet pickup) as well as at the finish line. In addition to music there is a climbing wall, food vendors, beer garden, and much more. Visit their website to see the music lineup.


Downtown Roanoke, Inc.
A tax-exempt member organization first chartered in 1960 to provide services and support to downtown property owners, businesses and residents.  DRI provides services throughout the Downtown Service District under a contract with the City of Roanoke and also manages the Historic Roanoke City Market which is the oldest continuously-operating open air market in Virginia.  DRI also presents a number of showcase events in downtown Roanoke including the Harvest Festival, and the SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas.

FloydFest is a four-day celebration of music and art nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia! Bridging the gap between genres, generations and cultures, the festival features over 100 performers on 10 stages! Second place overall male and female finisher of the Blue Ridge Marathon will receive a pair of four-day passes to the 2013 FloydFest (7/25-28).

TheRoanokerThe Roanoker and TheRoanoker.com are the longest continuously published city magazine in Virginia. Headquartered in Roanoke, VA, Leisure Publishing, founded in 1972, is an award-winning publisher of state, regional and local travel guides, city and regional magazines and quality-of-life publications.

#RunChat is Runchat_Logo_2013a twice a month chat on Twitter moderated by David from @RunningBecause and Scott from @iRunnerBlog. #RunChat began in June 2010 as a way for runners of all levels to connect with each other, to share tips, to get advice and, quite simply, to have fun. Runners of all levels are welcome to take part in #RunChat, which is held at 8 p.m. ET the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. #RunChat’s official Twitter account, @therunchat, was featured in the December 2012 issue of Runner’s World. www.therunchat.com

United Dairy provides each runner with the option of a chocolate milk recovery drink at the finish line (learn more about using chocolate milk as a recovery drink). So, after you’ve caught your breath…down a chocolate milk to aid in your recovery.

Just Finish
Just Finish: A community dedicated to motivating and encouraging ALL runners, walkers, cyclists and multi-sport athletes through the FINISH!


The River and Rail, a southern Bistro, is located in the heart of Roanoke Virginia. Chef Aaron Deal changes the menu weekly based on the availability of seasonal products from our local providers. He and his team produce Southern and French classic dishes for this neighborhood restaurant, located just a block off the course at mile 16 . It’s really, really good food.

Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Buereau
VBR_LogoMake the most out of your visit to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia by contacting the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau to receive your FREE Visitor’s Guide (800-635-5535) or check out our web site for an electronic version at www.visitroanokeva.com.   While in the area and just a block away from the marathon’s start/finish line, stop by our Visitor Information Center at 101 Shenandoah Ave. for the latest specials, maps and event information.   Open daily 9am – 5pm.

Dominion Electric Vehicles brings you energy-saving electric vehicles from America’s leading manufacturers—including Club Car, GEM, and Xtreme Green. Explore each of our specialized lines of vehicles, tailored to the specific needs of energy-conscious companies, organizations and individuals. Prices start at $5,932! All models charge on standard household current!

The Salem Civic Center plays host to the finest in entertainment and sporting events including NCAA Championship events plus offers banquet and meeting space for groups 10-6000. www.salemciviccenter.com.

Appalachian Power serves AEPabout 1 million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee. Its headquarters is in Charleston, W. Va., with regulatory and external affairs offices in both Charleston, W. Va. and Richmond, Va.

Core Care Back InstituteCore Care Back Institute is a pain management center located in Danville and Rocky Mount (Roanoke). Core Care provides clients a comprehensive & tailored care plan, which includes chiropractic care, pain management and physical medicine. Core Care Back Institute is dedicated to providing their clients with healthy solutions to their pain.

Scott Avis MKB RealtorScott Avis: MKB Realtor - I’ve been flipping homes in Roanoke’s oldest and most exclusive neighborhoods for 15 years. I had buyers asking for my advice on a home’s potential and Real Estate Agents asking me to consult with clients, it was only logical for me get into the business. I’ve now been selling Commercial and Residential Real Estate for two years focusing on higher end homes. In this small amount of time I have become the top agent for MKB, REALTORS.

Grand logoGrand Home Furnishings, based in Roanoke Virginia, is one of the largest furniture chains in the South based on amount of furniture sold. Our growth has spanned 100 years and generations of customers. Grand Home Furnishings operates 19 stores in towns throughout Western and Central Virginia, East Tennessee and the eastern part of West Virginia. Customers visiting Grand for the first time are pleasantly surprised to be given a frosty Coca-Cola when they enter the store. This is Grand’s way of saying “Thanks for visiting our store and make yourself at home.”