Blue Ridge Marathon in Roanoke, VA was just another "training" run on the road to the Bear Mountain in few weeks time. This journey all started with me winning a free entry from RunnerDude's Blog. Of course, my lovely wife wanted to run it as well, so a late April weekend gateway was planned. Roanoke is about 6 hour drive from Philadelphia, so we went down on Friday. Our Friday was spent driving, checking into the hotel, getting our race package and having a very nice dinner at Blue 5 in Roanoke. The race expo/registration was very small, but at the same time nice. We were not looking to browse and shop anyway. Very nice touch was the bracelets and stickers supporting Boston. We wore those during the race.
|Run for Boston Bracelets|
|Run For Boston Bib and Sticker on Our Bags|
Race start was at 7:35am. Sun was starting to come out, but it was pretty chilly with random wind gusts that would definitely chill you to the bone. None the less we decided on short sleeve apparel for the race. We got down to the start area 30 minutes before. Free parking near the start is always a bonus in my book. There was a definitely an increased number of security and police personnel present on site. Very friendly vibe full of enthusiasm at the start line considering the events that happened in Boston earlier in the week. The race started a few minutes late, mostly due to few speeches and a moment of silence for the victims. But off we went.
The Marathon Mom and I did the whole race together and crossed the finish line in 4:30 holding hands. We were super excited by our time. It was definitely not our PR, but it was faster than we both expected considering the hills and the walk intervals (also 2 pee pee breaks).
Blue Ridge Marathon and Roanoke were such a great experience for us. People that we met were nothing but nice and we cannot say enough nice things about Roanoke. Such a great place. The organization was awesome and crowd support along the course amazing. Thank you Roanoke. We will be back.
This was yet another race that was mostly fueled by Tailwind. We really do enjoy it and it has made our race food/hydration strategy much easier to plan. It works!
Next up is the TNF Bear Mountain 50K. This is our anniversary trip (how romantic) and we are so excited for it. It will be a nice 4 day break from work and a mini vacation before our summer trip.
Let's hope the legs hold up for this bad boy!