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.

Is a sub-two-hour marathon possible?

Ever since Roger Bannister broke the famed four-minute-mile in 1954, runners have been dreaming about a sub-two-hour marathon. The current marathon record is 2:02:57, set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto at the Berlin Marathon in 2014. Is it humanly possible to break two hours? A team of East African runners thinks so. Nike’s Breaking2 team consists of Eliud…
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BRO-TV: Ultrarunner Charlie Engle on Overcoming Addiction

After battling an all-consuming addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol for over a decade, Charlie Engle turned to running.
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New Running Record: 40 years of sub-three-hour marathons

Steve Smythe, age 58, has run a sub-three-hour marathon every year for the past four decades. The London based runner and magazine editor has just set the world record by running 2:56:16 (6:43 per mile) in the Seville Marathon in Spain. Smythe ran his first marathon at 18 in 1976, where he ran 2:54:42 only…
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A Personal Victory: Conquering King of the James

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

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

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

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

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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