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Run the Blue Ridge

10/1/23, 4:00 PM

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Race Information

It's fall, the leaves are changing colors and it's getting a little cooler out; so grab your running shoes, sweaters, hoodies, and camera, and join us to virtually Run the Blue Ridge Parkway.


We've set up a Virtual Challenge to run (or bike) the entire thing.  It's just under 500 miles and you'll have just under 2 months, so in an effort to keep it a doable task you'll get 10 miles of credit for every mile you run, and 5 miles for every mile you ride.


We're running South to North...No other reason than that's where our office is.  So we'll be lacing up (or saddling up) in Cherokee, NC (at the Southern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and making our way North along the entire parkway and arriving in Rockfish Gap, VA.


We'll be using Racejoy in addition to entering your time, so you have two ways you can track and look at your progress throughout the months and keep up with your progress...You can even take advantage of the google street view for the entire course.


Swag?  You bet...We've got a couple things that will be available for purchase:


  • An awesome wood key chain that we'll be putting the logo on

  • A Long Sleeve Soft Stye Shirt

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-Beneficiary-


Did you know that the Blue Ridge Parkway (and all the other National Parks) does not get all of their funding from the government?


Did you know that the admission fees (if they're charged) may not be 100% kept by the park that collects them.  Bigger parks give part of the monies collected to smaller parks who don't have the same visitation.


Did you know that even the bigger parks do not collect enough to have the ranger support needed for the number of guests during the busy seasons?


These are the reasons every park has some kind of non-profit organization connected to it to help fund the parks.  When you go to a park and purchase something out of the official store at the Visitors Center, that money goes to the park to help fund programs.


We've been lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit a ton of the parks in the Continental US, and we've put together a Virtual Run or Ride Series through these magnificent places.  Our hope is that you will get a chance to learn a little about the area, see what adventure awaits, and maybe take a trip to actually visit these incredible parks.


We're also partnering with the different park foundations across the country to donate some funds to help keep their programs going.

Event Schedule

Sept. 25

  • Registration Opens


Oct. 1

  • Tracking Begins


Nov. 15

  • Deadline to guarantee a shirt


Nov. 30

  • Last Day to submit a time

Registration

It's fall, the leaves are changing colors and it's getting a little cooler out; so grab your running shoes, sweaters, hoodies, and camera, and join us to virtually Run the Blue Ridge Parkway.


We've set up a Virtual Challenge to run (or bike) the entire thing.  It's just under 500 miles and you'll have just under 2 months, so in an effort to keep it a doable task you'll get 10 miles of credit for every mile you run, and 5 miles for every mile you ride.


We're running South to North...No other reason than that's where our office is.  So we'll be lacing up (or saddling up) in Cherokee, NC (at the Southern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and making our way North along the entire parkway and arriving in Rockfish Gap, VA.


We'll be using Racejoy in addition to entering your time, so you have two ways you can track and look at your progress throughout the months and keep up with your progress...You can even take advantage of the google street view for the entire course.


Swag?  You bet...We've got a couple things that will be available for purchase:


  • An awesome wood key chain that we'll be putting the logo on

  • A Long Sleeve Soft Stye Shirt

Save money and race with friends! Take a look at our Teams and Fundraising info.

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Course Information

We're running South to North...No other reason than that's where our office is.  So we'll be lacing up (or saddling up) in Cherokee, NC (at the Southern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and making our way North along the entire parkway and arriving in Rockfish Gap, VA.

Awards and Goodies

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Virtual Race

Can't make it out to the event site on race day?

Still want to participate or support the cause and have a shot at an award? or maybe you saw the shirt and said:  "Sweet...I want one!"

 

Then the virtual race is for you.

 

New to Virtual Running?  Here's how it works:

 

Step 1

  • Get excited, grab some friends and buddies to join you!  Sign up and register for the Virtual Event!

 

Step 2

  • Hydrate, grab your buddy (or not) and get ready to get moving!

 

Step 3

  • Get out there and run or walk! You can run at the park, your favorite route in your neighborhood; anywhere you want.   Please remember to social distance & be safe!

 

Step 4

  • HAVE FUN!~

  • Share your distance, a selfie, or a picture along your race route and use the race hashtag:-)

 

Step 5

  • Submit your results online

 

Step 6

  • View your Results Monday after the Event Date.

Submit your virtual time

Event Courtesy and Weather Policy

Our events are designed to be fun for the entire family. With that in mind; any
competitor, spectator, parent, volunteer, or sponsor, exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct or interfering with the positive, competitive atmosphere of the event will be asked to leave the venue and course immediately with no refunds and be disqualified.

All registrations are final. There are no refunds, deferments, or transfers.

 

Event will take place rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, we will cancel for the safety of the participants...there are no refunds in this case.

 

Participants that do not show up to race/event forfeit their right to any swag.

 

No COVID-19 Refunds.  If unforeseen circumstances arise due to COVID-19, including any Federal or State Health Emergency, refunds will not be provided. The event will go 100% Virtual & shirts will be shipped to participants.

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