About the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K & G&H Contracting Kids Run


The City of Salem is known as "Virginia's Championship City", where we have hosted NCAA National Championships & other tournaments. In 2016, we decided to branch out and bring that "Championship" mentality to running!

To be able to host this event, we recruited Odyssey Adventure Racing – The best race management experts in Southwestern Virginia. We say they are the best because they help put on the Blue Ridge Marathon, which is nicknamed as the "World's Toughest Marathon".

The Salem Half Marathon is a new race to the Roanoke Valley and Salem whose mission is to encourage people to get outside and get physically active. This race will start and finish on Main Street, take runners through Salem neighborhoods, Roanoke College and the Roanoke River Greenway.

 As the inaugural race, we will make sure that this is a race you will want to come back and do year after year. We will continue to pursue excellence and make this race an event that people mark on their calendar.

Event Updates

Welcome our new Title Sponsors

The City of Salem Parks & Recreation and Odyssey Adventure Racing are proudly to welcome our two new title sponsors of the 8K & Kids Run. For the 8K, the new title sponsor is Virginia's Blue Ridge Convention & Visitors Bureau and the new Kids Run title sponsor is G&H Contracting.  


We are excited to have both companies on board for this inaugural race and we appreciate their support. Please visit our sponsors page to see all of our other sponsors, such as LewisGale Medical.  

Registration Price increases on July 1st!

Sign up now for the inaugural running of the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K, and G&H Contracting Kids Fun Run on October 15th, 2016. The low rates include $80 for the Half Marathon and $45 for the 8K race. 

The LewisGale Salem Half Marathon & Virginia's Blue Ridge 8k have a scenic course that features Salem’s most historic and beautiful neighborhoods, landmarks and the Roanoke River Greenway. As you run, you’ll encounter live bands and spirit groups that will help you hit your stride through to the finish. After the race, you can kick back and relax at the Salem Farmers Market and celebrate with hot food and cold beer. 

Click here to register today!