FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Inaugural Blue Ridge Marathon on the Parkway Announced
Event promises to be both strenuous and beautiful
Roanoke, Va. - The inaugural Blue Ridge Marathon on the parkway will be
held on April 24, 2010, beginning and ending in downtown Roanoke, with a
tour of the region's highest peaks in-between. The event is being held in
conjunction with the Parkway's 75th anniversary. Organizers have
designated Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway to receive proceeds.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Roanoke, Va., who helped organizers achieve
their goal of holding part of the race on the Blue Ridge Parkway, made the
announcement at the news conference held in the office of the Roanoke
"I am so proud that Roanoke has found yet another way to show the world
that we are truly a jewel in the mountains," said Goodlatte. "This race
course will be like running through a post card."
The Blue Ridge Marathon on the parkway is mapped out to connect the Roanoke
Valley with the popular roadway and the tourists that travel it. "It will
be beautiful, it will be difficult - even for experienced marathoners --
and it will give people a chance to use the Blue Ridge Parkway differently
than they've historically been able to do," said event co-chair Pete
Eshelman, director of outdoor branding for the Roanoke Regional
Race director Ronny Angell is owner of Odyssey Adventure Racing in Salem,
Va. Angell brings years of experience in organizing adventure races with
an emphasis on difficulty. "We wanted to make this more than just another
small city marathon," smiles Angell. "The difficulty of this course makes
it special. It will attract people from across the country."
In addition to the mountains, runners will also pass numerous other Roanoke
attractions. The course begins in front of the Taubman Museum of Art and
ends at the Hotel Roanoke directly in front of the O. Winston Link Museum.
The course also travels through South Roanoke, passes in front of the
Virginia Museum of Transportation, and crosses the Martin Luther King Jr.
A half marathon will be held simultaneously with the marathon. Those
covering the 13.1-mile distance will see many of the same attractions, but
will not face the climb up Roanoke Mountain.
For more information please visit www.blueridgemarathon.com.