Initiative continues to bring marathon runners to the Blue Ridge

ROANOKE, Va.- – Running all three of the most popular half marathons in the Roanoke Valley will get you a special prize. 

Blue Ridge Racing and Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge are partnering for the second year to challenge runners to complete the Blue Ridge Marathon, Salem Half Marathon and the Star City Half Marathon. 

Doing so will earn you the 2019 Virginia's Blue Ridge Triple Crown Finisher's medal.

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge said the races give you a reason to see the region at different times of the year. 

"The medal this year is going to be something that people will be willing to come the distance and race for. We've already had people ask what its going to look like. So it's definitely a tribute to the star city," said Bree Nidds, director of  sports development - Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge. 

The Triple Crown Finisher Medal will be awarded during the Star City Marathon in November.