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Run America's Toughest Road Marathon

Blue Ridge Marathon, Roanoke

The time to start training for the third annual National College Blue Ridge Marathon on the Parkway in Roanoke, Va., is quickly approaching. I'm here to give you a chance to run it for FREE. Yes, free.

Before you get too excited, be sure you know what you're entering. The Blue Ridge Marathon has been appropriately given the tagline of "America's Toughest Road Marathon" with total elevation gain/loss of more than 7,200 feet. That's running mountains, not hills.

This is by no means a "normal" marathon. Just check out their promo video and you'll get excited about this.

Before you enter, make sure you’re available to travel to Roanoke, Va., that weekend. The race is Saturday, April 21, 2012, and begins and ends in downtown Roanoke. Visit for full details about the race and for more details about the city.

You can enter up to two times in the following ways:

    • "Like" the Blue Ridge Marathon on Facebook AND leave a comment on their Wall saying: "Running Because I Can sent me, and I'd like to run the Blue Ridge Marathon because ________." Return to this blog stating that you have left a comment.
    • Follow the Blue Ridge Marathon on Twitter AND Tweet: "I want to win the @RunningBecause giveaway for @brm26pt2 because _____." Return to this blog stating you have tweeted that.

Each option must be a separate comment. If they're left in the same comment, I will count that as one entry when I do the drawing. I will pick a winner using the random number generator on at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 2.

Please leave an accurate email address below so I can contact you. If you are picked as the winner and do not respond within a week, comments related to that email address will be deleted and a new winner will be chosen.

If you have any questions about the giveaway or race, please send me a message on my Contact page.

Good luck!