Running

Whether you like to take on one mile at a time or a whole fifty, we’re your perfect source for information, gear, and race guides on running in the Blue Ridge. Pick your next race, learn from our own elite and recreational athletes, or set a new goal no matter your level or distance preferences. Both road and trail running take the stage here, and runners on the street or in the woods can take BRO on the go.

2020 Race and Event Guide

By BRO Admin | 07 Jan 20
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JANUARY 2020  Merrell Hike Series January 25 Elk Knob State Park, N.C. Join Merrell and Mast General Store on a winter hike in Elk Knob State Park. You will have the opportunity to try out new hiking styles from Merrell on the Summit Trail, which is 3.8 miles round trip. Visit the Facebook event for…

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A Personal Victory: Conquering King of the James

By Shannon McGowan | 04 Dec 19
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Photo by: Jesse Peters The King of the James has become a yearly tradition for my friends and I. It’s an Adventure Triathlon that celebrates the unique access we have to the outdoors living in a city as big as Richmond, Va. Racers mountain bike around 9.5 miles of single-track trail, run 4 miles of…

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Marathon: Becoming a Runner

By Jeremy D. Larson | 11 Nov 19
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A writer’s journey to becoming a runner For nine months, I haven’t met a day without soreness or left it without exhaustion. Whether nursing an inflamed Achilles tendon or dealing with a pre-arthritic runner’s knee or just a general ache from a speed, distance, or strength workout, my body, at 34, has become the site…

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Women’s Wednesday: Maggie Guterl is the first woman to win Big’s Backyard Ultra Marathon

By Kim Dinan | 30 Oct 19
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Maggie Guterl is the first woman to win Big’s Backyard Ultra Marathon Big’s Backyard Ultra Marathon is affectionately known by ultra runners as “the race that never ends.” In order to crown a winner, runners set off on a 4.16-mile loop every hour until there’s just one runner left standing. It’s a mentally brutal race,…

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The New Gender Rules in Sports

By Anna Katherine Clemmons | 15 Oct 19
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Are testosterone levels the best way to categorize male and female athletes? When an east coast-based cisgender ultrarunner—who asked to remain anonymous—saw the entrant’s pool for a recent competition, she was conflicted. The veteran saw that she would be racing against several familiar names, including Grace Fisher. Fisher had finished ahead of her in several…

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Running Roanoke’s Seven Summits: Fun for Fools

By John W Robinson | 11 Sep 19
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Descending the rock-strewn trail from our brief visit to the summit of McAfee’s Knob, the light from my headlamp is waning big-time; it’s fading fast and the sky remains, well, black. There’s no moon. Ok, so I had been wrong when I thought the batteries still held plenty of juice. Josh is running behind me,…

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Getting Kids into Running

By Aaron Saft | 26 Aug 19
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I’ve been asked so many times how I got my kids into running. It’s like asking where their red hair came from (my wife and I are both redheads). If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you’ll know that most parts of my life involve running to some capacity. My kids come to work…

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Internal Struggles and External Goals

By Patrick Delaney | 20 Aug 19
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Photo by: Dan Greb, Montgomery County Road Runners Club I think the story begins with a series of pictures. The first is on our refrigerator: a grainy selfie of my wife and I the day we brought our oldest daughter home from the hospital shows both of us tired, happy, and significantly overweight. The second,…

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Leading the Charge

By Addie Oldham + Ellie Bowen | 14 Aug 19
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Photo of Lauren Hughes by Tyler Allen Meet 16 Young Athletes and Outdoor Entrepreneurs who are changing the face of Adventure  In a time where our environment faces threats from every angle, it is encouraging to learn that not all hope is lost. We searched high and low for young environmentalists, athletes, musicians, and outdoors…

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ROANOKE, VA is the new host city of 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 TRIATHLON

By Shannon McGowan | 30 Jul 19
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Updated August 12, 2019 Virginia pride is at an all-time high this morning, and rightfully so, after IRONMAN announced that Roanoke, Va is the new host city of 2020 Carilion Clinic Ironman 70.3 Virginia’s Blue Ridge Triathlon. The event will take place on June 7, 2020.  Virginia’s Blue Ridge will serve as a multi-year host…

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Jack the Trail Dog’s Trail Reviews: Fairystone State Park

By Rebecca J Adcock | 23 Jul 19
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Lakeshore (roughly 2 miles out and back) and Little Mountain Falls Trails (roughly 4 mile loop) This isn’t far from the house, and I love how dog friendly state parks are. We usually string a few trails together to get some decent mileage. Our usual route is The Lake Shore Trail to Little Mountain Fall…

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Building for the Dream Race in Ways Unconventional to Me

By Aaron Saft | 19 Jul 19
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It was two years ago when my son, then ten years old, approached me with a Salomon video of The Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 100-mile race, and asked when I was going to run the race. It was a year ago that a friend called me and told me I only needed to…

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Live Slow. Race Fast.

By Jessica Hauser | 24 Jun 19
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How Charlie Ledford raced his way to recovery and a better life. It was a cold day in the mountains in November of 2012, when I gathered up all of the drugs and alcohol I had grown dependent on, and literally threw them in the trash. I was so mad that I couldn’t seem to…

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Happy Birthday West Virginia!

By BRO Admin | 20 Jun 19
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Every year on June 20th, the Mountain State celebrates a very special day – its birthday! This year West Virginia is turning 156 years old. How much do you know about the east coast’s best-kept secret? West Virginia is home to… Nearly 50 state parks and forests. Outdoor adventure of all kinds can be found all…

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Zen and the Art of Winning Leadville

By Katie Arnold | 07 Jun 19
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Two years after breaking her leg and a doctor telling her she had to quit running, this Zen student took first place in one of the hardest endurance races on the planet. All it took was a little bit of Whitesnake and an understanding that winning is nothing more than the river under your feet.…

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