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.

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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Getting Kids into Running

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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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…
Read More

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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