Virtual Races

Now you can tackle the challenge of America’s Toughest Road Races from anywhere in the world. We are committed to hosting an in-person race on April 17, 2021 but if you feel uncomfortable or are unable to travel, go virtual! Sign up for the virtual Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon & Half Marathon, Blue Ridge Double, or the Anthem Star 10k and complete the distance anytime during the month of April 2021. Post your results and earn amazing swag to go along with your amazing accomplishment!

Tackle the virtual race challenge on our course from April 1-30 (except race day), or from anywhere in the world!

Run your distance and elevation from anywhere in the world.
Our finish line in Roanoke, VA
(2020 virtual runner)

How to Join America’s Toughest Road Races Virtually

  1. Register for the virtual race distance of your choice. You can register until April 17, 2021. You can transfer from an in-person event to virtual until April 11, 2021.
  2. Complete the event during the month of April (April 1-30). You may run the actual course (turn-by-turn GPS maps will be provided to all who register) on any day in April except race day (April 17). You can also run anywhere in the world, as long as you meet the distance and elevation requirements.
  3. Automatically upload your results via the RaceJoy app, any GPS data device, or enter your results manually into Run Sign Up, and be added to the event leaderboard. Submit and manage your virtual results.
  4. Earn swag! All virtual runners will receive a shirt and medal in the mail after the April 30 deadline (we hope to have them out within 14 business days).

Virtual Distance Options

Virtual Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon
Entry Fee: $85 – Includes shirt, medal and shipping
Requirements: 3,700′ in elevation gain and 26.2 miles
Timeline: Run anytime between April 1-30, 2021. Shirt and medal will be mailed in May.

Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon
Entry Fee: $75 – Includes shirt, medal and shipping
Requirements: 1,850′ in elevation gain and 13.1 miles
Timeline: Run anytime between April 1-30, 2021. Shirt and medal will be mailed in May.

Anthem Star 10k
Entry Fee: $40 – Includes shirt, medal and shipping
Requirements: 1,000′ in elevation gain and 10 kilometers
Timeline: Run anytime between April 1-30, 2021. Shirt and medal will be mailed in May.

Blue Ridge Double Marathon
Entry Fee: $85 – Includes shirt, medal and shipping
Requirements: 7,400′ in elevation gain and 52.4 miles
Timeline: Run anytime between April 1-30, 2021. Shirt and medal will be mailed in May.


Virtual FAQs

What does it mean to run virtually?
A virtual race is a race that can be completed where and whenever you’d like. You can time the race on your own through an app, watch, or another timing device. You can submit your results and receive your certificate and race swag to celebrate what you’ve accomplished!

When will my packet be mailed?
All packets will go out after the race window closes on April 30. We hope to have it all packed in the mail within 14 business days, so you can expect your package to arrive in mid or late May.

What is included in my packet?
Your packet will include a finisher medal and finisher shirt. A digital bib can be downloaded from your RunSignUp account after you’ve registered, and a finisher’s certificate can be downloaded after you’ve submitted your results.

Can you run the distance in installments?
You must complete the entire distance in one run/walk but there is no required time constraint. So this also opens the opportunity to complete the distance for those who may take longer than the allotted 7.5 hour in-person event.

Where can I run?
You can tackle America’s Toughest Road Races from anywhere in the world! Run on the course itself (make sure to follow all traffic patterns and be safe), a treadmill, trail, or route of your choosing.

How should I record my run?
You are able to submit your results via RaceJoy, upload a GPS data link, or enter results manually. If you are completing your run or walk outdoors, many types of apps and watches/devices will record your distance and time. If you are using a treadmill, a photo of the display will be accepted. You can enter a link to a public page from an app, take a screenshot from your phone, or take a photo of your watch or your treadmill. Please be sure to record distance, time, and elevation gain.

Stay connected to our running community
The best way to successfully complete any challenge is to give and receive support from others. Share your successes, cheer on other runners, and share training and race experiences.