Picture this -- a cool breeze at your back, the scent of blossoming flowers, “purple mountain’s majesty” in front of you…and the SEARING pain in your quads with each and every stride down this freaking mountain!
Don’t come to Roanoke, Virginia to enjoy a relaxing weekend; come to see just how much the National College Blue Ridge Marathon can kick your butt.Deemed the WORLD'S TOUGHEST ROAD RACE, the marathon course boasts a 7,200+ foot total elevation change (the half course comes in at 2,500 ft of elevation change). That's just insane! But, it's the kind of insane that us runners like to brag about. Here's the race director's take on the race.
Blue Ridge Marathon: America's Toughest Road Marathon from Pete Eshelman on Vimeo.Intrigued? Here are the details:
- What: Full & Half Marathon, 5-Person Team Relay, Walking Half, YMCA Kids Marathon
- Where: Roanoke, VA and Blue Ridge Parkway
- Date: April 21, 2012
- Start Time: 7:30 am
- Total Elevation Change: ~7,234 ft. (full), ~2,500 ft. (half)
- Most Difficult Section: Roanoke Mountain on Blue Ridge Parkway
- Beneficiary: Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway
- Magnificent Views: Plenty
I'll be there running the HALF. Another marathon is so not on my radar right now. And you can be too. If you register for the Blue Ridge Marathon before December 15th, you can use the code "tough" for 15% off the registration fee.
Or, if your lucky, you could win a FREE entry right now.
Here's how to enter (separate comments, please):
1. Leave a comment to let me know why you want to run this race.
2. Become a follower of this blog. Leave a comment.
3. Follow Blue Ridge Marathon (@BRM26pt2) on Twitter HERE. Leave a comment.
4. Like Blue Ridge Marathon on Facebook HERE. Leave a comment
5. Repost this giveaway on your blog, Twitter (include @tmbrunnerfirst and @BRM26pt2 in your tweet) or Facebook. Leave a comment.
Entries will be accepted until Sunday, December 4th. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, December 5th.
Disclaimer: Blue Ridge Marathon is providing entry to their race for both me and the winner of the giveaway. There was no other compensation for this post.
I really, really, really want to run this race because I feel like a real challenge is necessary for me to believe and FEEL like a "real" runner!!
Um, I already follow you...and it's, like, my favorite distraction. :)
I follow BRM26pt2 on Twitter...
I like Blue Ridge Marathon on Facebook...
Wow, that's gorgeous! It's nice to have a race on the schedule that isn't about a PR, but about digging deep. I would love the challenge of this race. Bring it, mountains!
I'm a follower!
Now hooked up with BRM on twitter.
And on Facebook.
And I tweeted!
I have hiked in the BRM many times and I would adore running the half and exploring spring! I have the perfect training ground in the Hill Country, TX right in my back door.
I want to run with THAT GUY!
I would like to take a crack at it ;)
I follow you!
I followed them on twitter and tweeted!
And I liked them on FB!
I can't help but follow you.
I just received a diagnosis that really kind of irritates me, so I could use a distraction...like training for a ridiculously difficult race!
This would be my first post-baby race...plus a trip to VA would be awesome!
Also...I follow you already :)
i follow you!
i follow them on FB.
i follow them on twitter.
it seems like a fun challenge although I wonder if I would be better suited for the half. (i like you don't know if a marathon is in the cards for next year), but I am home at my mom's for the spring break and I could come and visit you:)
just tweeted this:)
I want it... oh what a challenge.
I follow you.
I liked BRM on FB.
Following BRM on twitter
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