Runs this week, Roanoke, Soles4Sight & the Blue Ridge Half   Leave a comment

The Roanoke Soles are back!!!! Sore and muddy, but not too much worse for wear. The course was beautiful, the town unexciting and the company great! Nineteen Soles and Trail Goddesses came, fifteen ran the half, two the 8k and two cheered us on. And the shirt is cool…

What’s up this week?

  • Tuesday: 5ish @ 6 wtih Next Steps
  • Wednesday: 3ish @ 6 with NoBo
  • Thursday: Firefly?
  • Saturday: NoBo/NS @ 8.
  • Sunday: Run the Mill @ 10

VisionWalk: Soles for Sight?

Would the Soles be interested in walking to raise money to fund the Foundation Fighting Blindness? This is the bunch that is helping to fund the clinical trial of the possible treatment for my eye condition (Startgardt’s Disease). It would mean a lot to me! The walk is on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Lake Lynn Park in Raleigh and starts at 10.

A bit presumptuously, I signed up a Blazing Soles team @ . Please let me know if you would like to walk. I will be sending out emails with more details as June gets closer. Thank you!

Blue Ridge Half

The Blue Ridge Half ( is on April 16th, just a month away. This could be a good preview of the Blue Ridge Relay as the half has a "Total Elevation Gain/Loss = 2528 ft."! It may be too soon, but is anyone interested? Check out the video:

Half-Marathon 2011 Course Description

The Blue Ridge Half Marathon course is not quite as difficult nor as long as the full marathon, but it is still a challenging run. The course begins and ends in downtown Roanoke.

Runners will start in the heart of the city in front of the magnificent Taubman Museum of Art. The course begins easily with one mile of rolling hills, before taking its first turn upward as runners begin the two-mile climb up Mill Mountain. While full marathoners will continue on to the brutal but beautiful climb up Roanoke Mountain, half marathoners will ascend Mill Mountain to the famous Mill Mountain Star, overlooking the beautiful Roanoke Valley and — much of the course still to be run!

From the Star, runners will encounter a major 2-mile decent down Prospect Avenue – also known as the “old road” to Mill Mountain. Back on the valley floor the final seven miles is rolling with several challenging hills, but no additional significant climbs.”.

The terrain flattens out for the next 3 miles as you emerge from the neighborhood and make your way along the Roanoke River on a portion of Roanoke’s greenway system. After a few miles on the greenway the course will head toward the finish line. The final two miles return you to downtown where the course takes you past the Virginia Museum of Transportation and back to the Taubman Museum of Art.


Posted March 14, 2011 by yoda in Uncategorized

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