Hello, hello. Happy Monday! I am happy to report that I survived the Baltimore Marathon over the weekend (recap coming soon) and now it is time to celebrate! In true blogger fashion that means a giveaway. This time it is not food I am offering you, but entry in to either the Blue Ridge Marathon or Half Marathon, your choice, on April 20, 2013 in Roanoke, Virginia.
Last year a friend asked me if I wanted to run this with her. I said a hesitant “maybe”, and was then relieved to inform her that we would be out-of-town for a conference that weekend. Since moving to this part of the country I have only heard how challenging this race is. With over 7,234′ of elevation change in full marathon and over 2,500′ in the half, this race has certainly earned itself the title of “America’s Toughest Road Race”. Basically this race consists of running up and down three different mountains and is known for making 3:10 marathoners happy with crossing the finish line in under 4 hours.
However, anytime races involve tackling large hills or mountains it is nearly always a guaranteed gorgeous view, and the Blue Ridge Marathon is no different.
You also get to run by the “famous” Mill Mountain Star. You may remember I ran up to this during a trail race in the Spring.
Finally, the folks in charge of this race (all volunteers) do such a great job that last year they received a 100% satisfaction rating. Seasoned runners can attest to how rare that is since there is generally always something someone can and will complain about regarding how a race is organized and executed! (ahem, DC Hot Chocolate 15/5K 2011)
As an “Official Blogger” for the upcoming Blue Ridge Marathon it is time I put on my big girl pants and tackle this local race. I am still debating between the full and the half at the moment (winter = ski season, not marathon training season in my mind), but either will be a challenge! So won’t you join me?
To prove you are “Tough Enough” and enter to win, simply leave a comment telling me you are game (and just for fun, what makes you ‘tough’) by Saturday, October 20th. Winner will be announced Sunday, October 21st.
Disclaimer: As an official blogger for the Blue Ridge Marathon I have been provided with a free race registration myself.