Have you planned your spring marathon yet?

No? You’re still concentrating on your fall marathon? That’s all good and well, but it doesn’t hurt to get out the 2013 calendar and look ahead at race possibilities. Before you know it, the holidays are going to be steamrolling you, so why not take care of some spring plans now?

Bill Rodgers ran the race last year and will be back again this year.

Here’s what I suggest: consider adding the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon to your race plans. It takes place April 20 in the incredibly scenic Blue Ridge Mountain region. It’s a race conceived of and run entirely by volunteers–volunteers who know running and can put on a first-class event. And it will earn you bragging rights, because people, it’s billed as America’s toughest road marathon.

How tough? Well, how about 7,234 feet of elevation change tough? There are three full mountains to ascend and descend. Get this–the first hill starts around mile one and doesn’t end until mile seven. I mean, don’t you want that feather for your cap? Here’s a little preview of what you could tackle, mano a mano:

Top that fun off with a handshake from the race director and chair for every finisher, plus a beer garden at the finish line, along with a climbing wall, vendors, and live music and you’ve got a pretty sweet race package. And because the location is so spectacular, I’d make a weekend out of the trip, bringing the whole family for hiking and other activities.

So I’d say it’s time to get out your 2013 race calendar and start planning. You can register here, or wait until October when I’m going to be giving away an entry. Either way, don’t miss it!

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post by Roanoke Outside. 









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  1. says

    I like the optimism in this post, of planning for a Spring marathon while it’s still Summer. There’s something nice about the thought that after Fall and Winter it wíll be Spring once again!
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  2. says

    I have already planned my spring ultra marathon! I will be running the Umstead 100 mile endurance run on April 6th 2013. I have the Weymouth Woods 100K in January, and the Uwharrie Mountain 40 miler and Black Mountain Marathon if Feb. The Blue Ridge Marathon sounds awesome, but I will still be in recovery from the 100. :o(
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  3. says

    That Blue Ridge Marathon seems like a very tempting challenge. I’m putting a pin in that one 😉 One of my bucket list races was to run something – anything – with however many of a special group of ladies I’m friends with could get together in one spot. Next spring, I’ll get to run with several of them at the Oakland Marathon as part of a relay team!
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