I’m really happy to share that I will once again represent the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon 2022! The event will be April 16, 2022. Announcements for ambassadors were made earlier this week.
Last year’s race was a bit different from their norm due to the pandemic, but it was very well done, and I loved the experience! The race was well organized, the expo was socially distanced, and the swag was outstanding.
If you are looking for a spring destination race in Virginia, this is a solid choice. Dubbed America’s Toughest Road Race, the courses really live up to that expectation. But for the work of climbing mountains, you are rewarded with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Parkway, beautiful neighborhoods, and the city of Roanoke. Plus, there’s a distance for everyone: Anthem Star 10k, Foot Levelers Half Marathon, Foot Levelers Marathon, Freedom First Team Relay (Marathon), and Double Marathon. I am registered for the half marathon once again. This course was very challenging, climbing up and descending two mountains, one of which is Mill Mountain, which features the Roanoke Star!
If you decide to run one of these races, I highly recommend taking hill training seriously! I did some hill work in preparation for this race, but I don’t think I truly understood the significant elevation changes we would experience. My friends warned me that there are parts of the course where you can literally reach out and touch the road in front of you, the ascents are so sharp. They weren’t kidding! But it’s a small portion of the climb.
The city itself is a great place to visit for a long weekend. I’m definitely a person who finds peace in the mountains, and Roanoke offers breathtaking views in abundance. If the great outdoors calls to you for adventure, this is your place. Check out the Visit Roanoke website for links to hiking destinations, places to stay, and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers trail!
Are you sold on the race yet? Use my code MAGEE2022 for a 20% discount on any of their races! Prices go up January 8th. You can register here.
As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.