Who wants to run the Blue Ridge Marathon?

BRM12 300x199 Who wants to run the Blue Ridge Marathon?

Runners enjoy the descent at the 2012 Blue Ridge Marathon

If you’re tough enough to give it a go (and I know LOTS of you are), the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, set in Roanoke, Va., and billed as America’s toughest road marathon, is offering up one reader a free entry. Not up for the full? There’s a half marathon option, too.

Let me tell you about this race, which promises to be spectacularly beautiful. You get to climb and descend (don’t forget that downhill part!) some 7,234 feet over the course of this race–that’s three mountains worth of amazing running. You know you want to get in on that, right? You’ve got six months to train with the race date set for April 20, 2013. Hill repeats, here you come!

If you’re not quite sure, take a look at the incredible footage from this race. I doubt you’ll be able to resist at least taking a chance at winning an entry:

To enter, simply let me know in a comment below that you’re tough enough for the challenge of this race. I’ll let random.org pick a winner next Wednesday, Oct. 17. Good luck!


Disclaimer: Roanoke Outdoors paid me for this post.

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  1. According to Strava, I have run just over 1,000 miles with over 84,000 feet of climbing since the first of this year. I just might be tough enough!
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  2. Wow! That sounds like a seriously tough challenge! I’m already registered for Eugene next April… nice and flat-ish, I hear. But now I think I’ll have to put Blue Ridge Marathon on my “list” :)
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  3. So I said I was going to hang up my marathon shoes after December, but this is just too tempting. My hat is now in the ring. :-)
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  4. Since I have a knack for choosing tough races and/or conditions, it would be silly for me to pass this up!

    Yes, please! One serving of “What was I thinking!?!”
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  5. I am in. Let me win. I like elevation. :)

  6. In like Flynn … if you’ll have me!

  7. Awesome! I’m running a Spartan Beast tomorrow, so I consider myself fairly tough. ;) Thanks for the giveaway!!
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  8. I so want to run this race… always up for a challenge

  9. I’ve wanted to run this for years. I’m in!

  10. Count me in.

  11. Yeah, I’m crazy. I’ll say I”m tough enough.

  12. Sounds awesome and freakin’ tough! I’m in need of hill training .. I definitely know that!
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  13. I’m trying to do a marathon or ultra in all 50 states so I’m definitely tough enough!
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  14. I’m ready……bring it on!!!

  15. Anyone who runs up Ilchester on a regular basis is sure to be crazy enough for this one! :) Throw my name in!

  16. Tough enough (for the half)!
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  17. That sounds like a beautiful race but I’m a whimp. Even though I know there is a down hill on the other side, it’s getting to it that puts me off. :)
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  18. Go big or go home???? Ok, I am in.
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  19. About 2 years ago the “Manly Runner” challenged me to do this race! I’ve always had it on my bucket list! If I win this it’ll be fates way of putting it in my path. I’m no stranger to hills :)
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  20. I’m tough enough!
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  21. Whoa. Tempiting! Seeing how my dad lives in Lexington maybe I should try to win give away. I mean its not like I’m going to Boston. :(
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  22. I am always willing to test the limits of my body.

  23. Looks like fun- might have to add this to my bucket list for someday :-)
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  24. I’m SO tough enough!!! I am hoping to do my first ultra this summer at the North Face Endurance Challenge DC..and this would be a FANTASTIC way for me to get geared up for it. (should I also note that I am recent graduate, hard-pressed on the job front and always short on cash??).

  25. Would love to assay my toughness, but will skip this opportunity. :)
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  26. I am tough enough, or willing to prove my toughness by running this. We are always looking for challenges to conquer. Thanks for introducing a new one.

  27. I’m not so sure about the full… but I’d love to win the half! That’s such a beautiful area.
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  28. Sounds tough would love the challenge. Just finished marathon #20 and ready to take on a tough course for #21!

  29. I’m in! This sounds so awesome. There nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishing something you thought you could never do. This time last year I never thought I would run a marathon. 6 months from now I’d like to prove that I can run the country’s toughest road race.
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  30. Yes please. Love me some hills.

  31. I’m tough enough! (Well, for the half, anyway!)
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  32. I’m tough enough!

  33. oh my, i think i would want to stop and take pictures of the scenery. Does that count as being tough? LOL
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  34. I love a challenge! I am from NC and can appreciate the Blue Ridge Mountains. Running my first marathon in Novemeber and would love the excuse to stay in marathon shape!

  35. Debbie Liberton says:

    After eating 2 Fiber One bars (not a good choice), and sock less after the first mile (socks too thick & feet kept going to sleep), I just finished a 12.54-mile training distance for my upcoming 2nd HM… in the rain… facing a 25mph wind the majority of the time.

    “Tough” might be one adjective to describe that. ;-)

  36. I love hills. They slow everyone else down and make me (relatively) competitive. My best finishes have been on hilly courses or tough terrain. Bring. It. On!!! :-)
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  37. Katharine says:

    Beautiful scenery, a tough course and a little weekend getaway? Count me in!

  38. I live very close but the hills scare me! Love the trailer! How would you train for that?
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  39. I am so tough enough! Bring it on! Sounds amazing and my family lives in the blue ridge so possibly knock out 2 birds with one stone since I need to visit! lol.
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  40. yes, I think I’m tough enough to run the Blue Ridge

  41. I would love to try it, although I just ran a hilly race today and it was pretty hard!
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  42. hmm i’ll bite! i’d likely just do the half due to my still-rebuilding business and all, but i could handle it! :)
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  43. I am tough enough! (I think haha. I complained about the hills at Baltimore :) )

  44. How awesome! I would love to win!
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  45. Good luck to my Dad. He has been training for a month and a half. :D

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