Want to run America’s Toughest Road Marathon? (giveaway)

26.2 miles in these mountains await you

We all know that 26.2 is challenging, whether on a flat course or a hilly one. But the organizers of the Blue Ridge Mountain Marathon take that challenge up a notch. As in way up.

This course, which starts in Roanoke, Virginia, and winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains, offers some 7,200 ft. of elevation change. That’s three mountains worth of climbing and descending. I don’t know about you, but words come to my mind like insane; intriguing; ridiculous; badass; who in their right mind; so cool. If you’d like to see more on it, check out this video.

It’s this mixture of feelings about this challenge that has me still on the fence about whether or not I’ll try it. That and the fact that it’s a mere five days after Boston (should I just set up an appointment with the sock doc now?). But if this seems like a challenge you’d like to take on, the organizers are offering a free entry to  the April 21st event to one of my readers.

To enter:

  • Tell me in a comment why you want to run America’s Toughest Road Marathon

Bonus entries:

  • Be a MZ follower
  • Tweet about this contest using @misszippy1 and @BRM26pt2
  • Spread the word via your blog or FB page
  • I’ll pick a winner via random.org on Dec. 7. Good luck!

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  1. says

    Love the video. Maybe some day I would love to do this, but not right now. The all the hills kind of scare me. I need to do a few more flat not so hilly marthons before I would take this baby one. Good luck to whoever wins it. The scenery is beautiful from the video.

  2. says

    Awesomeness! I’m a recent convert to running (one year), and I just read Born to Run. That book made me want to run mountains while smiling. This race would give me 26.2 miles to practice that technique! Thanks for giving us a chance to run.

  3. says

    oh wow, how cool! this would be AWESOME motivation for me to try something TOTALLY outside of my comfort zone! We all need goals to push us further and keep us happy and healthy! I would LOVE this :) Thanks for hosting…hope I win!

  4. Rene' Whiteley says

    I am thinking of doing the half, but no desire for the marathon. I am taking the year off. Good luck to everyone!

  5. says

    because I’m self-employed which means I need a FREE entry, because I’m a wimp and need a new challenge to get to the next level, because after watching that video & I’m all excited about it, because I love a small race, because this will help me to become strong like MissZippy, and finally, becuz I WANT IT BAD!

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  6. says

    I just started to run again after a hiatus. I want to prove to my BRAIN that my BODY is still strong and I can train it to do what I used to do!! :) What better way to show myself that than training to run a wonderfully non-flat course? :)