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Odds and Ends
Warm Up Run w/ The Legends
First Aid
Book Signing
Big Event App
Places to Eat
Injured, or Not Running?
Bag Check
Pasta Dinner w/ Guest Speakers
Watch it Live
Relay Teams
King/Queen of the Mountain
Fleet Feet Sports Recovery Zone
Severe Weather Policy
Live Music
Awards & Finisher Medals
Wear Your Medal, Get Discounts
Commemorative Painting
Relay Teams
You mountain guides, or volunteers, will be all over the place. They'll be wearing neon green shirts and are there to answer any question you may have.

Yellow Signs & Mile Markers = are for the half marathon and correspond to the color of your runner bib.

White Signs & Mile Markers= are for the full marathon and team relay. Full marathon bibs are dark blue and team relay are light blue.

All turns along the course will be marked on the pavement with arrows: three arrows before the turn, one arrow in the turn, and one arrow after the turn. Half marathoner follow the yellow arrows and full marathoners follow the red arrows.
Runners are advised that many roads along the course are open to traffic during the race. For your safety, obey signage, course marshal instructions, traffic laws, and stay to the side of the road.


Join Bart Yasso, Frank Shorter, and Bill Rodgers for a light shake out run Friday morning. Click here for details.
Be sure to smile for the camera. Wade In The Water Photography will be taking photos out on the course. They will send you an email shortly after the event to a link to view and purchase the pictures.
Port-a-toilets are located at the start/finish area, as well as at every aid station.
Medical personel will be located at each water station should you need assistance. They will also be at the finish line area (behind the fencing).
Both Bill Rodgers and Bart Yasso will be at runner registration, and both have books out they'd love to sign for you. Bring your copy or pick one up (some copies will be available for purchase). Learn more about Marathon Man (by Bill Rodgers) and My Life On The Run (by Bart Yasso).
Coffee, bagels, etc. will be available for purchase starting at 5:30am on the corner of Salem and Market Streets. Brought to you by Froth Coffee.
WDBJ7 produced an app for the BRM. Search "WDBJ7" in your app store and download "the big event".
Shower facilities will be available for free at the Downtown Kirk YMCA (located a few blocks from finish line - ask any volunteer for directions). To use the Y's facilities, just show your bib at the front desk.
From nouvelle American to international cuisine, Downtown Roanoke offers more than 50 diverse restaurants guaranteed to satisfy any appetite.
ENERGYbits have just one ingredient - 100% organically grown spirulina algae. Algae has been used by Olympic athletes for over 50 years, but is still virtually unknown in the USA. Learn more and get a discount.
Help us with your suggestions to improve the marathon by completing a brief survey that will be emailed to you after the race. We truly appreciate your feedback.
Quick Links
With over 7,234 feet of elevation change in the full marathon, and 2,500' in the half, this course is challenging for everyone - but then again, isn't that what you signed up for?!

You can view the entire course online (full or half). Take some time before the race to plan your strategy - and remember, there is no shame in walking!

While registrants include both experienced and first-time runners, we thought some basic reminders could be helpful:
  • Check race day weather the day before (use zip code 24011) and dress appropriately.
  • Stay hydrated - remember to take advantage of all water stops, even if you're not thirsty. 

Roanoke is a great place to live, work, and play. We hope that you'll take the opportunity to visit the area attractions before or after the race. 


The staff of the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon hopes you have a great run, a pleasant stay, and safe travels as you return home with your new medal.



  • 3-8pm:         Race packet pick up at the City Market Building
                       (this is different than previous years). Click here for
  • 6:30pm:       Foot Levelers Pasta Dinner with guest speakers
                       Frank Shorter, Bart Yasso, and Bill Rodgers. Tickets
                       are still available, but please purchase in advance.
  • 5-9pm:         Down by Downtown Music Festival will have a live
                       music stage just outside race packet pick up. 
  • 5:30-6:45am: Packet pick up inside City Market Building
                        (mezzanine level) for those who didn't make it to the
                        expo (arrive early to ensure you're ready for the
  • 6:45-7:15am: Group photos at start line. 
  • 7:00am:        Team relay members (2nd & 3rd legs) board buses
                        in front of Taubman Museum of Art (Salem Ave). 
  • 7:15am:        Be at start line - 105 Jefferson Street (one block from
                        City Market Building). 
  • 7:35am:        Official start.  
  • 8:00am:        Team relay members (4th & 5th legs) board buses
                        in front of Taubman Museum of Art (Salem Ave).  
  • 8:00am:        YMCA Kids Marathon starts at Kirk Avenue YMCA.  
  • 10am-6pm:    Down by Downtown Music Festival, bungy run,
                        vendors, beer garden, and more at finish line area
                        (across from City Market Building).   
  • N00N:           Half marathon award ceremony inside City Market                     Building (mezzanine level - sorry).
  • 2:00pm:        Full marathon and Team relay award
                        ceremony inside City Market Building (mezzanine
                        level - sorry). Awards/categories
We want to assure you that your safety is our number one priority.  Many of the roads that you will be running on will be open to traffic. We'll have police officers and volunteers all over the course directing you where to go.  Please heed their instructions. Also, we want to remind you that according to Virginia State Law, runners must yield to emergency vehicles that are using lights and/or sirens. Use headphones at your own risk. If you miss a turn because you didn't hear a course marshal your time will be disqualified.
We've compiled a two-page, informational sheet that shows both the full and half marathon course, elevation profile, event schedule, parking, etc. If you print out only one thing, make sure you print this.
Hate standing in line? Print out and complete the release/waiver and medical information sheets in advance. If everyone does this we can seriously reduce the amount of time everyone has to wait.
All aid stations will have GU Brew at the first table and water at the second table.

Bananas, oranges, and pretzels will be available (3rd table) for full marathoners at miles 7.4, 13, 17.2, and 23.2; and at miles 3.8 and 10.1 for those running the half marathon.

GU Gel will be available at mile 14.6 and 20 for full marathoners and at mile 7.6 for those running the half marathon.

We'll also put out GU and other stuff at additional stops if we have little surprises.

Bag Check 

A courtesy bag check will be available race morning on the corner of the City Market Building (Wall St./Salem Ave.). The tear portion of your bib number will be affixed to your bag (please place all items inside a bag). You must have your bib to reclaim.


Load up on carbs while listening to Frank Shorter, Bart Yasso, and Bill Rodgers. Click here to purchase your tickets. If you've already purchased your tickets, you will not receive a physical ticket - your name will be on the list at the door. 


Thanks to our partner WDBJ7 the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon will be broadcast live on TV as well as online. There will be eight live remote locations and more than a dozen cameras capturing the action at the start in downtown Roanoke, along the course as it winds up and down Mill and Roanoke Mountains, and at the finish line. Learn more


Transportation will be provided for each member to the different transition points. Buses will load directly in front of the Taubman Museum of Art. Second and third leg runners will start loading onto buses at 7:00am and buses will depart at 7:15 am. Other relay team members are encouraged to assemble at the starting area to cheer on their teammate. Shortly after the race starts, (8:00am) the fourth and fifth leg runners will load onto buses and depart at 8:15am. Be prepared with food, water, and clothes as you wait your turn. It is each team's responsibility to keep up with extra clothes and/or gear. Buses will transport finished runners back to the finish line once the bus is full.


Please Note- It will be the team's responsibility to exchange the timing chip to your team mate. Each relay leg will run across the timing mat BEFORE the exchange. After the exchange the next leg will continue on the race course and this runner will cross the timing mat before the exchange to the next leg. Each runner on the relay team will only cross a timing mat ONCE (except for the first runner who crosses the "start" mat and then again before handing the chip to the second runner).
Roanoke has plenty of parking within walking distance of packet pick up and the start/finish line. Click here for a list of parking areas (most are free on weekends). They are all within a short "warm up" walk/jog to the start finish. The Market Lot, Elmwood Garage and Williamson Lot - all are right on Williamson Road and within 2 blocks of the Taubman Museum.
King/Queen of the Mountain Challenge
New for 2013 is our King/Queen of the Mountain Challenge (brought to you by Fleet Feet Sports Roanoke).  It's quite simple, the first male and first female runner to reach the top of Roanoke Mountain will be crowned 2013 King and Queen of the Mountain. This applies only to the full marathon.  Win this and you get huge bragging a few goodies.
Recovery Zone
As you cross the finish line the Fleet Feet Sports Recovery Zone will be there to aid your recovery.  Enjoy a complimentary massage, chug some chocolate milk, nosh on some grub, check out the latest Trigger Point Therapy tools (learn how they can speed your recovery time) and talk with a CEP Compression rep to see how you can speed up recovery.
In the event of severe weather, the race director may decide to shut down the course. Should that happen, volunteer course marshals will be released from their positions; runners will be notified and asked to take shelter at the next aid station and wait for a shuttle bus to take them to the finish line. If you refuse to take shelter and continue on the course, you do so at your own risk.
We're excited to partner with Down by Downtown Music Festival

to bring live music to the Blue Ridge Marathon. Enjoy live music from 5-9pm on Friday and from 10am to 6pm on Saturday. And after 6pm, wander the streets and you'll hear even more live music emanating from various local restaurant/bars.  

Every person who completes their course (half, full, and team) receive a finishers medal. These will be placed around your neck as you cross the finish line by members of the Miss Smith Mountain Lake Scholarship Pageant.

Top finishers in their respective age categories (and team relay categories) will receive custom awards built just for the BRM.

In addition, overall top finishers (male and female) receive awards ranging from Tag Heuer watches to festival tickets and running shoes.

View all award details including time and location.

Our partner, Downtown Roanoke Inc., is working diligently with local restaurants, attractions, and stores to provide unique discounts just for you. Stop by the Runner Info table at the runner expo/packet pickup to get your discount card. Other "unofficial" discounts may be provided if you wear your medal. 

An original painting commemorating the Blue Ridge Marathon
could be yours!  Local artist Janet Wimmer has created an original oil painting that you can win via a silent auction.  All proceeds of the raffle will go directly to Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway The other way to get a painting is to be in the overall top 3 for full or half marathon.

final 2013 brm sponsors