Overall Rating
Overall Rating (11 Reviews)
4.9
(11 Ratings)(11 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.9
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
4.1
The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon Series has earned its title as “America’s Toughest Road Marathon” by challenging runners with over 7,430 ft. in elevation change, more than any other road marathon in the U.S. This race is the ONLY marathon that runs along the famously scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, … MORE
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    Manivannan REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The double marathon that they organize is quite unique and has a scenic route, extremely supportive race directors, volunteers who are around from 1am till the finish way past 1pm. … MORE

    The double marathon that they organize is quite unique and has a scenic route, extremely supportive race directors, volunteers who are around from 1am till the finish way past 1pm. The course is well marked, plenty of well stocked aid stations, belt buckle for the finishers. Roanoke as a city is a wonderful place to visit and the people are very welcoming and friendly as well

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    twmiles REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Molly Bullington is the best! I direct a 5k and that’s hard enough. How she gets this done is beyond me! I will be doing the full marathon next year … MORE

    Molly Bullington is the best! I direct a 5k and that’s hard enough. How she gets this done is beyond me! I will be doing the full marathon next year after 5 halves and a 10k in the past.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Carebear10378 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I absolutely loved this race! The elevation was a bit intimidating until you start. Then the course makes you forget all about it. I never would have thought that was … MORE

    I absolutely loved this race! The elevation was a bit intimidating until you start. Then the course makes you forget all about it. I never would have thought that was possible. The scenery was stunning for the entire course. I loved the mountains and going back into the town to see the beautiful houses. The volunteers everywhere were outstanding!! Seriously, the volunteers were always smiling and offering to help. There were mimosa’s, Jell-O shots and champagne along the way! We had a blast the entire course and the views were fantastic!! I highly recommend this race and I will be back again.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3
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    lorikrausen FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first time participating in Blue Ridge Marathon weekend! It was a great time. I went to expo on Friday and was able to park within a couple … MORE

    This was my first time participating in Blue Ridge Marathon weekend! It was a great time. I went to expo on Friday and was able to park within a couple feet of the hotel entrance, which was a nice surprise. I also loved I didn’t have to pay for parking. Expo was a little chaotic with all the racers showing up, but the race put things together so it would go smoothly and there would be directions on which way to go to make it more efficient. I got to meet Jeff Galloway at the expo, too. I had a VIP band, so race morning I was able to go to the patio to get juice, breakfast, etc. The RD even gave us ‘road waffles’ to take with us for the run. We had access to restrooms at the local library, so didn’t have to wait for the port-o-potties, yet we still ended up needing them right before the race. The line for them went quickly. The race started with a cannon. It was a bit crowded for the first bit and I had just mentioned how nice everyone was to one another except for the person who shoved me out of way and told me to ‘move’. Being a walker, I stayed hugging sidewalk, so found this upsetting. The views during the course were AMAZING. The crowds were so supportive as well. They cheered for everyone, there was music, and even jell-o shots. At the top of the mountain (10k course) the volunteers at the aid station were so nice. The family who provided moo-mosas were sweet, just as I had been told about – and of course, the drink tasted great. When I came through the final stretch, I saw racers who had already finished cheering on those still going and it was nice to see. At the finish line I received my beautiful 10th Anniversary medal and there were even cupcakes to celebrate. Vendors were present with a plethora of food. I went back to the balcony with my VIP access and had pizza, shrimp cocktail, veggies, and of course beer! The weekend continued with a concert that night (so much fun)! and a Slow-K (slowest 5K in America)…wonderful addition to the race. I can’t wait to do this again next year.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    timcigelske FIRST-TIMER '12

    I heard that it took “an act of Congress” to host a race across the scenic byways of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was well worth it. I knew there … MORE

    I heard that it took “an act of Congress” to host a race across the scenic byways of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was well worth it.

    I knew there was 1,600 feet of elevation gain in the half marathon — and double that for the full — but it was hard for me to conceive of that while training on the flatlands of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    It was as hard as it sounds. After the first mile, a steady ascent continued that didn’t let up for three miles. Brutal.

    But the payoff was not only gorgeous views, but a manic descent over the next two miles. I don’t think I’ve ever let gravity carry me that far. Gravity was also largely responsible for a 5:40 mile downhill mile split.

    After the quad-busting downhills, the course more or less leveled off for the rest of the way, including sections along the scenic greenway trails. I ran solo through most of these sections, but the enthusiastic army of volunteers kept me going with their cheers.

    I’ve never felt so fired up at the end of the race. I sprinted the last half mile home and finished in 1:28, which was good for third place overall. I credit the pre-race Roanoke craft beer carbo loading.

    Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better race day. The weather was ideal, the field was not to big and not too small, I met friendly runners like David from #RunChat, they gave me a massage and a sausage biscuit at the finish, and afterward I could partake in the local craft beer scene.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    My Report
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    BrandonThompson REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I highly recommend this race. Extremely challenging but rewarding course. Scenic views from the top of Mill Mountain and winding roads and trails through Roanoke, VA. The race is well … MORE

    I highly recommend this race. Extremely challenging but rewarding course. Scenic views from the top of Mill Mountain and winding roads and trails through Roanoke, VA. The race is well supported and has a fun finisher festival with live music, lots of food to refuel, and plenty of vendors. The race offers free photos, great finisher medals, comfortable race shirts, and unique award medals.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Jenlovestorun FIRST-TIMER '18

    The scenery was beautiful, but it felt like I was either climbing a mountain or speeding quickly down the backside of it. It was the toughest marathon I think I'll … MORE

    The scenery was beautiful, but it felt like I was either climbing a mountain or speeding quickly down the backside of it. It was the toughest marathon I think I’ll ever do! Loved the area and the mountain scenery!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    BrandonThompson FIRST-TIMER '18

    Extremely challenging course that includes over 7000 feet of elevation change including three mountains. The race runs up Mill Mountain, Roanoke Mountain, and Peakwood Mountain in addition to several neighborhoods … MORE

    Extremely challenging course that includes over 7000 feet of elevation change including three mountains. The race runs up Mill Mountain, Roanoke Mountain, and Peakwood Mountain in addition to several neighborhoods in Roanoke, VA. The race is supported extremely well with over 20 water/aid stations and a huge finish festival that is great for the entire family.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    dalebassplayer FIRST-TIMER '18

    I was on the pace team and all of the marathon distance runners came in on time! I was in the 6 hour slot and had a co-pacer who was … MORE

    I was on the pace team and all of the marathon distance runners came in on time! I was in the 6 hour slot and had a co-pacer who was familiar with the race. We walked every single one of the uphills and made up the time on the downhills and flats. Using this approach made the course fairly manageable. On course aid was awesome and also nice crowd support in town and in the neighborhoods. Marathoners and double marathoners got huge medals that also doubled as belt buckles. Even though they were made of metal, the finish they used made them look kind of plastic-y and cheap. I liked the look of the 2017 medals better. There was still plenty of food left for back of the packers and the free concert was still going on.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    Kiltrunner REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is a well organized race with outstanding scenery. If you don't train hills you will pay for it especially on Peakwood. They aren't kidding on the 3,400+ feet of … MORE

    This is a well organized race with outstanding scenery. If you don’t train hills you will pay for it especially on Peakwood. They aren’t kidding on the 3,400+ feet of elevation change but it’s well worth the pain. There is solid support throughout but since you are running through a National Park you will have areas where there is little crowd support but the view is worth it. The neighbors come out to help you along the course too. Be sure to grab a mimosa as you head down Mill Mountain. Add this one to the bucket list because it’s a “PSH, Hills? I run mountains!!!” kind of race. The post race refueling includes chocolate milk!!!!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    HeatherJ FIRST-TIMER '15

    Running through the mountains, and I do mean mountains, is no joke! There is some serious incline to this race, which makes for a pretty challenging 10K. I have much … MORE

    Running through the mountains, and I do mean mountains, is no joke! There is some serious incline to this race, which makes for a pretty challenging 10K. I have much respect for those half, full and double-full runners!

    Other than the course, the event is family-friendly and offers a lot by ways of celebration with concerts, local beer, and downtown festivities. There is also a kids race so I def recommend bringing the whole famly to this one.

    Memorable Moments:
    – Unofficial mid-race mimosas at the top of Mill Mountain
    – Post-race snacks, beer and concert on the lawn

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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