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! 

                                                                2017 Race Schedule

Friday, October 13th
Race Expo & Packet Pick-up

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
    11 a.m. 8K Awards Ceremony
    12 p.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!

Expo/Packet & T-shirt Pick-Up

Packet pick-up will be available at the Race Expo on Friday, October 13th.

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.


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.

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.