Thousands race to the finish line in Blue Ridge Marathon

Nearly 2,800 runners participated in the event

ROANOKE, Va. – Calling it one of the toughest marathons ever, runners said the Blue Ridge Marathon was hard to defeat.

Separated by chalk marks on Jefferson Street and divided into 50 groups, nearly 2,800 runners laced up and took off.

With the coronavirus pandemic limiting physical interaction, runners like Daniel Montgomery from Lebanon, Virginia, gained more time to train for the race.

Montgomery said he runs about two to three times a week.

“I live in a place that’s very rural so I got a lot of practice during this,” Montgomery said.

Dressed in suspenders and colorful buttons, Betsy White, from North Carolina, was eager to run this marathon for the first time and spread a little cheer.

“Sometimes runners look like they are really struggling and then they see me and it just makes them smile,” White said. “It makes me smile. It’s just that we have to be there for each other and lift each other up.”

That’s the attitude needed to push through and complete this race as our own 10 News anchor John Carlin emceed the event and told runners, “you are about to be uncomfortable in America’s toughest road marathon.”

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