Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K

Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K

Why should you decide to run the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon? Simple! Salem is known as "Virginia's Championship City," which hosts various NCAA Championship events. We are bringing that championship mentality to this race. This course allows you to see Salem and experience why we are called the "Championship City." 

The Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K is a scenic tour of Salem in which you will run through sights & sounds of our beautiful city. The race starts on Main Street, takes you through beautiful Roanoke College, quaint neighborhoods and finishes on Main Street with all your family & friends cheering you. This race will be something that you don't want to miss! 

This course has been measured and certified to USA Track and Field (USATF) standards. USATF Certification: VA17024RT. Note the course is 82.6 feet long in order to coincide the start and finish with the Half Marathon course.

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                                                                2017 Race Schedule

Friday, October 13th
Packet Pick-up

Packet Pick-up will take place at Go Fest at River's Edge Sports Complex in Roanoke. Pick-up will be available from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon tent. Walk Up Registration will be available during this time. 

Saturday, October 14th
Race Day

  • 6:30-8:30 a.m. Packet Pick-up
    9 a.m. 
    Half Marathon & 8K Start
  • 9:05 a.m. Kids Mile Start
    10:30 a.m. 8K Awards Ceremony
    11 a.m. Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
  • 1 p.m. Course closes

What do you get?


Every runner in the Half Marathon, 8K & Kids Mile will receive an official race t-shirt and a custom medal at the finish line where you will be greeted by the race director, family, friends and other spectators to congratulate you! All Half Marathon and 8K runners will receive an official Go Fest pint glass and one free craft beer coupon to be redeemed at Go Fest.


Expo/Packet & T-shirt Pick-Up

Packet pick-up will be available at Go Fest at River's Edge Park in Roanoke on Friday, October 13th from 6 p.m - 9 p.m.

A photo ID is required to pick up your race packet.  You may pick up a race packet for another pre-registered runner, provided you have a copy of their photo ID.


Awards

Overall awards are determined by clock time; age group awards by chip time. Additional awards will be presented to the top three (3) in all age groups in all races. Age groups are: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 & up. 

The Awards Ceremony for overall winners in each race will take place on the stage at the Salem Farmers Market immediately after they have all completed the race.


Team Competition

New this year is the Team Competition where groups of five or more may compete against one another. Sign up as a team and go head to head for bragging rights as this year’s best team! Awards will be given out to the Top 3 finishing teams in both the LewisGale Half Marathon and the Virginia’s Blue Ridge 8K (total time of your five fastest runners). There will also be a Participation Award for the team who has the most members registered! The team captain will create the team during registration then members will be able to join using the team name when they register for the race.

Already registered?

If you have already registered for the race you can still be a part of the Team Competition! All you will need to do is log back into your Active account and add a team to your registration form! 


 


Race Rules

Entry fees are non-refundable; Race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another person. If you have signed up but want to switch to another race, you can switch to either race at any time including at the expo. There is no cost to switch races except the difference in price for races.

In consideration of the safety of all participants, we ask that no runner bring hand cycles, strollers, baby joggers, babies in carriers/backpacks, in-line skates, skateboards, bicycles or animals on leashes.