Race Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 19, 2024

  • 3:00-8:00PM Welcome Party!
    • 3-8pm Race Expo
      • Catch up on the new offerings from Altra, the Official Shoe of the Blue Ridge Marathon.
      • Peruse race merch and pick up last-minute items from Fleet Feet Sports Roanoke.
    • 4:30 pm Freedom First Down by Downtown Music Festival on stage: Margo Price. Get tickets (Runners get discounted tickets – check your email inbox for details).
  • Freedom First Down by Downtown in its second day features live music in a dozen venues within a short walk, scooter, or rideshare from Elmwood Park. Plan to spend a little time sampling Roanoke’s lively music scene at some point during the weekend!

Saturday, April 20, 2024 – RACE DAY!

  • 1:00AM/2:30AM: Double Marathon starts! Doublers, see pre-race emails for details.
  • 5:30-7:00AM: Packet Pick Up on Elmwood Park Stage for those who didn’t make it Friday. No race day registration.
  • 7:35AM: Race Start!
  • Awards Ceremonies: We will host awards ceremonies on Elmwood Park Stage. 
    • NEW THIS YEAR: Age group awards will be available as soon as the results have posted. Visit the awards booth to pick up your runner spike and pose for a photo. Awards ceremonies will now award overall and masters winners only, then all present age group winners will be recognized together and invited to down to the stage for a group photo. 
    • 10:30am:  Anthem Star 10K
    • 12:00pm:  Half Marathon
    • 2:00pm:  Full Marathon, Double Marathon & Relay
  • 8:00AM-3:00PM: Finish Festival at the Finish Line in Elmwood Park
    • Cheer for runners as they come down the chute to the Finish.
    • Runners stop by the Recovery Zone managed by Fleet Feet Sports and refuel in Food Tent. Massage, physical therapy, ice footbaths, and more!
    • Cheer for runners and peruse the exhibitors of the Clean Valley Council Earth Day celebration going on on the library lawn.
  • Stick around ’til 6:00PM to soak in the music at Elmwood Park. Freedom First Down by Downtown. Shows are going all day, from acoustic sets to rock n roll, chill outdoor patios to late-night party scenes, and everything in between. You’re bound to find at least one show worth a stop.
  • Grab Dinner in Downtown Roanoke. We have great food here, you won’t go wrong.

Sunday April 21, 2024

  • 9:00AM: America’s Slowest 5K – the greatest recovery run ever. Coffee, donuts and a Slow K mug instead of a t-shirt. 
  • Stick around through 4:00PM: for Music and the Dog Bowl Market artisan vendors.

That’s all, folks! We hope you have a great weekend and be sure to tag us when you post! #RunBlueRidge #DxDT @blueridgemarathon