Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
5
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
5
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
3.8
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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    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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