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. Logan says

    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??).

  2. Nikki says

    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.

  3. says

    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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  4. Teresa says

    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!

  5. 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. 😉