The Blue Ridge Marathon was created by the Roanoke Outside to showcase the region’s commitment to making outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship a core component of the Roanoke Region lifestyle. This couldn’t be done without the support of community and sponsors.
Sponsorship opportunities are available and can be structured to give your company recognition locally, regionally, and nationally. If you are interested in learning more about how your company can get involved, please contact Pete Eshelman (pete[at]roanoke.org) to request the 2015 Sponsorship Packet.
Foot Levelers specializes in products that are designed to improve your quality of life. From our individually designed Stabilizing Orthotics, to our customized footwear and support pillows—we want you to live a pain free and healthy life. We can improve your overall health by supporting your foundation—your feet. By stabilizing and balancing your feet, Foot Levelers’ orthotics enhance your body’s performance and efficiency, reduce pain, and contribute to your total body wellness. With our orthotics, you can live your life in balance.
The Roanoke Region of Virginia is recognized as a top place to work, do business, and invest. The economy is strong and stable and gaining momentum in high-tech fields such as life sciences, mechatronics, advanced manufacturing, and automotive components. The pro-business climate encourages success and attracts businesses who want to take advantage of cutting edge research institutions, low costs of doing business, excellent market access by road, rail, and air; and a skilled, productive workforce. All these advantages make the Roanoke Region, located around Roanoke, Virginia, the best place for business and business people. The Roanoke Regional Partnership the area’s regional economic development organization. Visit Roanoke.org to learn more about working, living, and playing in Roanoke, VA.
A leading healthcare provider in western Virginia, Carilion Clinic is committed to delivering highly integrated, comprehensive care for patients. With the commitment of over 600 physicians and a network of eight not-for-profit hospitals, Carilion Clinic concentrates on patient-centered care, research and medical education. Through its partnership with Virginia Tech to create the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Carilion is bringing the most up-to-date treatments to patients and creating a vital information resource for physicians.
At Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield we understand our health connects us to each other. What we all do impacts those around us. So Anthem is dedicated to delivering better care to our members, providing greater value to our customers and helping improve the health of our communities. Learn more at Anthem.com.
Farm to Feet is an independent American brand, owned by Nester Hosiery – the world’s most technologically advanced sock-producer. Employing more than 200 people in its Mount Airy, NC facility, Nester Hosiery operates state-of-the-art knitting, finishing, and packaging equipment to make socks for the world’s toughest critics. Thanks to Farm to Feet, every runner will receive a pair of the new “Roanoke” running sock.
Family owned and operated since 1930, Fink’s Jewelers is committed to exceptional quality, service and selection. We proudly offer the industries’ finest Swiss timepieces such as Rolex, Cartier, TAG Heuer, Breitling, and the hottest designer jewelry fashions from David Yurman, John Hardy, Mikimoto pearls and much more! Come into any of our 14 locations and discover why Fink’s Jewelers is one of the country’s “Top 50″ jewelers. Visit us online at finks.com.
The Roanoke Region is a premier spot for outdoor recreation. Visitors and residents have easy access to some of the best cycling, fishing, water sports, and hiking in North America. All these advantages – combined with excellent urban amenities – set amidst a scenic background of glistening lakes and majestic mountains and with a mild-temperate climate, make the Roanoke Region a great place to visit, work, and live. Visit RoanokeOutside.com to learn why Roanoke is one of the best outdoor towns around.
At the heart of Roanoke’s Historic Market District, the City Market Building partners with independent entrepreneurs to provide a quality dining and shopping experience unique to our region. Come downtown for a visit or contact us about holding an event in our freshly renovated historic space. The City Market Building is “Race Central” for the Blue Ridge Marathon (registration, expo, pasta dinner, and more).
The Rotary Club of Roanoke Downtown is part of a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Roanoke Downtown has selected the Blue Ridge Marathon as its primary community service project. The Club meets on the first & third Wednesday at 202 Market restaurant in downtown Roanoke. For more information visit our website at: www.roanokedowntown.org
The Roanoke Parks & Recreation Department is to be positioned as a premier “best in class” parks and recreation system that provides high quality, maintained parks, recreation facilities and programs that are accessible and cost effective, as well as support the citizen’s vision for cultural unity and a livable and healthy lifestyle that creates high economic impact and value for living and working in Roanoke. Our mission is to maximize all available resources to deliver parks, recreation facilities, and programs that are attractive, clean, accessible and provide memorable experiences. The Department will serve citizens of all ages to create a desirable community to live, work, and play. We measure our success by customer satisfaction, efficiency, and community development of our public spaces and recreation services that meet the values and needs of our citizens and visitors.
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia, Ferrum College is a four-year primarily residential college with easy access to the major metropolitan areas of Roanoke, Virginia (35 miles to the north) and Greensboro, North Carolina (70 miles to the south) where shopping, social, dining and entertainment opportunities abound. Surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers and state parks, and numerous small towns brimming with regional heritage, Ferrum also boasts a wide variety of venues for outdoor adventure and recreation and cultural enrichment.
Parkway Brewing Company’s motto is “Building Bridges, One Tasty Beer at a Time!”. Their distinctive beers are artfully crafted in the heart of the Blue Ridge. The brewery, located in Salem, specializes in complex ales for the discriminating beer enthusiast. Tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday.
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 FloydFest.
Martin’s Downtown: a Downtown Roanoke destination for great food and live music! Menu includes: Burgers & Bison Burgers, Tuna Tacos, Award Winning Ribs & BBQ, Gourmet Mac & Cheese, Fish & Chips. and more. Named 2012 Music Venue of the Year by Home Grown Music Network. National, Regional and Local Live Performances Tuesday – Saturday. Visit www.MartinsDowntown.com for full menu and calendar.
Scott Insurance is an independent, employee-owned risk management firm providing the full range of specialized solutions in property and casualty coverage and employee benefits, including highly successful captive programs in both markets. We are consistently ranked nationally in the top tier of independent agencies, annually recognized as a Best Practices Agency, and back up our superior programs with a team of service professionals that is second-to-none. We have made it our business to understand the dynamic nature of risk environments and created programs around this expertise. We have 8 offices in VA, NC, TN. We have been doing business in Virginia since 1864 and in 2012, we are proudly celebrating our 30th anniversary in the Roanoke office!
Cole & Associates CPAs, LLC is a public accounting firm located at 2118 Rosalind Avenue (mile 15.9 on the Marathon route). Our firm provides comprehensive accounting and tax services including individual and business tax preparation, audits, bookkeeping, estate planning and payroll services We are proud to be a sponsor of the Blue Ridge Marathon.
Starr Hill Brewing Company – the Gift of Great Beer. In the mid-90’s, Master Brewer Mark Thompson returned to his native Virginia from Portland, OR, having learned two things: First, that the craft of artisanal brewing was one part science and one part art; and second, that making delicious beer was a lot cooler than anything he had ever done as a biology student. Starr Hill consistently churns out the greatest beers for your drinking pleasure.
Take your commute outside with RIDE Solutions, the region’s sustainable transportation service. We encourage commuters to try cleaner, greener, healthier transportation options such as bicycling or walking to work, using public transit, carpooling, or telecommuting with our free Guaranteed Ride Home program, regional carpool matching service, employer based trip reduction programs, and a series of community rides and clean commute challenges throughout the year. With over 30 employer partners representing 40,000+ employees in the Roanoke and New River Valley, we’re working hard to reduce vehicle emissions, ease traffic congestion, encourage walkable communities, and conserve the area’s beautiful natural resources.
Walkabout Outfitter has all the quality merchandise to get you ready to hike the Appalachian Trail or just bop around town. You’ll find great name brands like Patagonia, Vibram Finger Shoes, The North Face,Keen & more. Located in Roanoke, Lexington, and Harrisonburg VA. The overall Half Marathon winners (top 3, male and female) will each receive a gift certficate ($250/$150/$100) valid at any one of our four stores.
Black Dog Architectural Salvage offers a shopping experience like none other in Southwest Virginia! Over 40,000 square feet of treasures from around the world including architectural antiques, home and garden accessories, custom designs, regional artwork and an interior design marketplace . Located halfway between Downtown Roanoke and Historic Grandin Village. Open Monday – Saturday from 9am-5pm and online at www.blackdogsalvage.com. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/blackdogsalvage.
Everything we do at Fleet Feet Sports is geared toward fitting you as an individual. Whether it’s footwear, apparel, sports bras, or accessories, you have a fit that is best for you and we’re here to help you find it. THAT’S OUR FITLOSOPHY.
Prescott Construction Co. is a full service general contractor, based in Roanoke, VA, with a focus on residential and commercial construction and renovation. We build custom homes and renovate and build additions to existing homes. In addition to our residential focus we also have undertaken custom commercial projects including several large scale historic rehabilitation projects in downtown Roanoke. We are committed to the continued growth of the Roanoke Valley and are proud to partner with the Blue Ridge Marathon. Look for us at the water station (mile 19) at the top of your final big climb.
Locally owned and operated since 1937, Tinnell’s Finer Foods provides the highest quality fresh meats, produce, wine, artisanal cheese, and hard to find items. No need to wait in long checkout lines, walk miles to find products, or spend time looking for help. We will save you time and provide nutritious high quality groceries for you and your family. Ask Anyone!!
ACE Private Risk Services is a division of the global insurance company ACE Group. We offer insurance for homes, autos, yachts, jewelry, art, liability and more to our clients. Our National Operations Center is proud to call the Roanoke Valley home.
Frith Anderson & Peake PC provides a broad range of legal services, with an emphasis on civil litigation as well as experience in handling litigation matters throughout all State and Federal courts involving products liability, employment, workers’ compensation, professional liability, premises liability, construction and contract disputes, as well as personal bodily injury claims. We wish two of their attorneys, Sean Workowski and Chris Newton, the best of luck as they tackle the full marathon.
Written by experts who live and breathe the outdoor lifestyle, LifeOutside is produced by LeisureMedia360 in partnership with RoanokeOutside.com, and offers the “inside scoop” to enjoying outdoor recreation. Covering Roanoke, the New River Valley and Lexington, this super-local coverage – a one-hour radius around Roanoke — provides a focused perspective that is new and unique.