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There’s a lot that goes behind the scenes for any race. The Blue Ridge marathon is going on its 10th year this year! Between permits from the city of Roanoke and the National Parks Service, things can get complicated. Add non-profits in too. This is a very special home town race putting its place on the map by boasting its “Toughest Road Marathon” slogan.
And what’s not to love about a serious challenge? The marathon has 7,430 of total elevation change, which includes both gain and loss… you never stop going up or down in this one, and there is never a dull moment.
As one of the featured races this year for Becoming Ultra (come hike with us before race day!), we got together with Julia and dug into what’s behind putting on this race and why it’s so important to the culture and the area.
For more information about the race, go here: https://www.blueridgemarathon.com/