The Blue Ridge Marathon is self-proclaimed as the "America's Toughest Road Marathon." It lives up to it's billing with long climbs and a very challenging course. The course starts at about 950', climbs peaks of approximately 2100', 1700', and 1600' and returns to the finish area back around 950'. Any PRs or BQs will be well earned at this marathon.
The Blue Ridge Marathon was the 158th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 163rd largest in 2015.
Last year 2.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 1.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Blue Ridge Marathon the 462nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 448th highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 92.61 ranks it as the 414th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 7th fastest course in Virginia.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Blue Ridge Marathon a PR Score of 92.61. This PR Score ranks it as the 411th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 7th fastest in Virginia.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.