Want to run with the legends?

Let’s see if we can design the dream relay team for a marathon, shall we? How about Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Bart Yasso, and you? A pretty potent combo for most runners, isn’t it? Thanks to the Blue Ridge Marathon, that dream team can become a reality for two incredibly lucky runners.

BRM12 Want to run with the legends?

One of the many ups and downs on the marathon course

The Blue Ridge Marathon, billed as American’s Toughest Road Marathon, is taking place April 20 in Roanoke, Va. If you’re interested in the full event, you’d better hurry, because there are fewer than 200 slots available as of yesterday. If running up and down three full mountains isn’t quite your thing, however, there’s the relay option–and that’s where the chance to run with the legends comes into play.

The Blue Ridge Marathon is giving away the final two slots on a dream marathon relay team. If this sounds amazing to you (and it should), just head over here to get all the details and get your name in the hat before it’s too late: entries must be received by Jan. 31 and winners will be drawn in mid-February.

So tell me, which option would you choose? The entire, incredibly tough course with close to 7,000 feet elevation change and BIG bragging rights? Or the kinder, gentler relay option with the once in a lifetime chance to run with legends? Either one is a win-win, if you ask me! 


Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post by Blue Ridge Outdoors.

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  1. Although the legends are legendary and would be great to run with, I might have to go with the full option. I have done some pretty intense mountain runs in CO and would love to take it to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Maybe not this year though….
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  2. I would definitely choose the relay. The experience of hanging with those dudes would be unforgettable. You could do the race any ole time.
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  3. The link is taking me to an Alzheimers care facility. I want to see details about the relay!
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  4. I would certainly go for the whole thing! Sounds like an incredible race.
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  5. Wow, not a marathon runner but that seems impressive!
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  6. i’ve always wanted to do blue ridge! sounds hard core and AMAZING!
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  7. I would have to go with a being NEAR legends. I don’t want to run that course. I have been there.

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  8. Definitely a run with the legends, more for the pre and post race experience.
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  9. I would opt for the kinder, gentler one ;)
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  10. Relay…I’m a wimp ;)
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  11. A relay with the legends, of course!! That is awesome!!

  12. Jen Ressler says:

    I would chose to run the relay with legends. How wonderful to get a chance for that,

  13. I would definitely choose the relay. I would love to spend some time picking their brains :)
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  14. Oh my! What an opportunity! I would choose the relay in the hopes that I could ask all three legends a trillion questions. I’m sure they would love me after…..
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  15. I am so entering this drawing! I have the NJ marathon 2 weeks later but this opportunity would be too amazing to pass up! =)
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  16. I would be thrilled just to meet the legends – running with them would send me over the top!!!
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  17. My Husband has just taken up running, I really need to send him this way!
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  18. 5 days after Boston…hmmm…relay it is, then. ;)

  19. Well, I was going to enter and then I saw that it’s another one of those popularity contests. Once again, the award goes to the person who can garner enough friends and friends-of-friends to click the vote button every day. I really wish they would pick people on merit. Have them write an essay, poem, haiku on why they should be chosen. Anything but the popularity contest. I went and voted for someone with no votes. Hopefully that will help them feel loved.
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  20. Well, it would depend on how trained I was. For this, I would choose relay because it sounds beautiful and I’d rather really enjoy it than push myself through 26. either way, It seems like an awesome race!
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  21. Relay – how many people can say they passed the baton off to Bart Yasso in a relay race? :)
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  22. I’m sorely tempted to throw my name in the ring for a chance to run the marathon… but I promised myself that this year I’d focus on 5k. And ONLY 5k.

    But, oh, the temptation!!!
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  23. oh man. BOTH sound amazing. I have a 50 miler 4/13 and Toronto 5/5 — I can squeeze in a run with legends in between there, right?

    I can’t. I can’t enter. With my luck, I would win and would have to decide what I want to do a week after a 50 and 2 weeks before a mary. UGH.
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  24. I would probably opt for running the entire thing after years of training. I don’t mind hills, but these are mountains. I did some training last year in the Smoky Mountains. No Joke! But the scenery breath taking.
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  25. My dad lives not far from Roanoke and it is beautiful and hilly. A relay never really appeals to me so I’d go for the full; albeit slowly.
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