Registration for the Blue Ridge Marathon is handled by Active.com. Registration for the Blue Ridge Marathon is handled by Active.com. Online registration closes at midnight April 23, 2014.
- Detailed Course Map (reflects flood route used in 2013).
- Total Elevation Gain = 1267 ft.
- Course Map
- Total Elevation Gain/Loss = 2528 ft. (2,734′ with flood route used in 2013)
- 8 hour cut-off time
- Course Hydration provided by GU Energy
- Walkers are permitted and encouraged
- Overall Half Marathon winners (top 3 male and female) receive a gift certificate ($250/$150/$100) from Walkabout Outfitter.
The Blue Ridge Half Marathon course is not quite as difficult nor as long as the full marathon, but it is still a challenging run. The course begins and ends in downtown Roanoke.
The course begins easily with one mile of rolling hills, before taking its first turn upward as runners begin the two-mile climb up Mill Mountain. While full marathoners will continue on to the brutal but beautiful climb up Roanoke Mountain, half marathoners will ascend Mill Mountain to the famous Mill Mountain Star, overlooking the beautiful Roanoke Valley and — much of the course still to be run!
From the Star, runners will encounter a major 2-mile decent down Prospect Avenue – also known as the “old road” to Mill Mountain. Back on the valley floor the final seven miles is rolling with several challenging hills, but no additional significant climbs.”.
The terrain flattens out for the next 3 miles as you emerge from the neighborhood and make your way along the Roanoke River on a portion of Roanoke’s greenway system. After a few miles on the greenway the course will head toward the finish line. The final two miles return you to downtown where the course takes you past the Virginia Museum of Transportation and back to the Taubman Museum of Art.
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Registration for the Blue Ridge Half-Marathon is handled by Active.com. You will be directed to the Active website to complete the registration process. There is $10 processing and handling fee for onsite registration (April 25, 3-8pm). There is no day-of registration.