Roanoke to see economic boost from Blue Ridge Marathon, thousands expected

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America’s Toughest Road Marathon is coming to Roanoke this weekend, and organizers are preparing for thousands of runners.

“When people come in from outside of the area, and see what we have to offer here in the Roanoke Valley, they’re very impressed,” said Molly Bullington, race director for the Blue Ridge Marathon.

Bullington says as of Wednesday afternoon, more than 3,000 runners have signed up.

More than 14,000 runners from 46 states and 23 countries have crossed the finish line since 2010, and more than 30 percent of participants are from outside of Virginia.

After the race, many runners are expected to make their way downtown to enjoy local food and restaurants giving the local economy a boost.

“Roanoke has a lot of great restaurants to offer so we like to offer the full package,” said Bullington.

The marathon kicks off at 7:35 at Elmwood Park Saturday morning.

The race offers a course of more than seven thousand feet of elevation over 26 miles.

There are multiple road closures for Saturday’s race.

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