Roanoke hosting its first large in-person events as Blue Ridge Marathon, Down by Downtown return this weekend

Down by Downtown, Blue Ridge Marathon add safety measures for fun-filled weekend

ROANOKE, Va. – Runners rejoice!

Saturday will mark the return of the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon. This year, it’s bringing more than just a healthy challenge to downtown Roanoke, it’s also bringing a sense of normalcy.

The marathon has more than 2,700 runners already registered and while some are planning to take the virtual option, the majority of those registered are competing on the downtown course.

To make sure everyone is safe, there are changes and guidelines people have to follow. Below are just a few new safety measures for 2021.

  • No race day registration. You must be registered by Tuesday, April 13 at 8 p.m.
  • Staggered starts: Every 30 seconds, 50 runners will take off
  • Runners will start the race wearing a mask, although they can remove it throughout the course but will have to put it back on when crossing the finish line.

Molly Bullington, Blue Ridge Marathon’s race director said they are still looking for volunteers to make everything run as smoothly as possible.

“Because of COVID restrictions it takes a lot of people to manage the number of people we’re going to be starting at one time and so we do have an extra need for volunteers this year,” said Bullington.

To volunteer, click here.


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