You Run Hills, I Run Mountains {giveaway}

New year. New You. New marathon!

2016 has been off to a pretty fabulous start so far. I paid off my last Sallie Mae student loan, I’m planning #wirzwedding, I got accepted to attend IDEA World Fitness BlogFest with SweatPink in July for free and I’m super excited to be training for the Blue Ridge Marathon!

Nick and I ran the Blue Ridge Half Marathon in 2014 and 2015 but decided to up our game in 2016 and tackle America’s Toughest Road Marathon.

You know I like a good running challenge and Blue Ridge is no exception.

The Blue Ridge Marathon boasts over 7,430 ft of elevation change– the most elevation change of any road race in America. Runners get to climb and descend three mountains. Roanoke Mountain, Peakwood Mountain and Mill Mountain.

Mill Mountain is hard. The average grade of the road is 11% and it continues for approximately 2.5 miles.
Peakwood is just Peakwood. The special treats {think champage and cupcakes} awaiting runners at the top almost make it worth the climb.

This will be my first year running Roanoke Mountain because it’s only part of the full marathon. I can’t wait to see what Roanoke Mountain has in store!

Have I piqued your interest?

You’re in luck! My friends from Roanoke Outside have graciously given me a free race entry to share with one lucky Unapologetically You reader! Aren’t they the coolest?? The race entry can be used for the full marathon, half marathon or 10K.

But before we get to the giveaway I want to share a bit more about Blue Ridge with you, including why we keep coming back.

I first came across the Blue Ridge Marathon because of a discount on I was looking for a half marathon, saw a discount for Blue Ridge, and thought “6 hours isn’t that far. Why not?”.

I didn’t know much about Blue Ridge prior to showing up in Roanoke in 2014, but I was blown away by this race. Everything from the people, volunteers, runner swag, community support, aid stations, logistics and post-race party. I have never been part of a race that had such a supportive community.

In 2014 Blue Ridge had been one of my hardest races, but as soon as we crossed that finish line I knew we’d return. I can easily say this is my favorite race.

When I was given the opportunity to be an Official Blue Ridge Marathon Blogger I was pretty ecstatic. Tell people about something I love? Easy-peasy!

So, why should you run Blue Ridge?

. You can say to people, “You run hills, I run mountains”.

. The Blue Ridge Marathon is the only marathon that runs along the Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s most visited nation park.

. Bragging rights.

. To be part of something bigger. Proceeds of the race benefit Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway and, to date, the race has donated $87,000.

. Who doesn’t love a good challenge?

. in 2014, 60% of runners were women, and for the full marathon the 2nd and 3rd overall finishers were women. Women are tough.

. The race is completely organized and executed by volunteers.

. The Blue Ridge Half Marathon was featured on as America’s Toughest Half and #1 on their list of the World’s 13 Toughest Half Marathons.

Join me in Roanoke on April 16th!

If you are ready to sign up now, use promo code ‘TOUGHIS’ to receive 15% off registration on any of the three race distances.

Otherwise, take your chance on winning a free race entry! Use the rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck!

Please note: The prize covers race entry fee only. You are responsible for travel to Roanoke, VA and any associated race expenses.

If you want to learn more about the Blue Ridge Marathon head over to their website or any of their social media channels.

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“I want to #run America’s toughest road #marathon with @amanda__maureen! #brm26pt2 #runblueridge” {Click to Tweet}

Your turn! What is the toughest race you’ve ever done? Will you join me at Blue Ridge?

♥amanda maureen

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