#runblueridge Contest Winner

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It gives me great pleasure to announce the winner of my Blue Ridge Marathon free entry contest.

Drumroll please……..

Miranda Byrd!

Congratulations Miranda!!!  You will now be able to register for the 2014 event for free.  How exciting is that?

Miranda provided me with a few details about herself, and I wanted to share that along with a link to her running blog for anyone that wanted to give it a look or follow.

Miranda lives in the Atlanta area in Georgia.  She lived in Memphis, TN for four years, and that is where her running career started.  She ran her first marathon last year.  The Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, followed by the St. Jude Memphis Marathon just three weeks later.  Ok, just this detail leads me to believe that she loves a challenge.  The Blue Ridge Marathon will be right up her alley!  Miranda is very involved in her local running community. She is a member of the Douglas County Rogue Runners, GUTS, Atlanta Track Club, and Yeti Trail Runners.  She said she particularly loves trail running.  She loves her dog, and sings in her church choir.  You can check out Miranda’s blog here….  www.mirandainmotion.com

I can’t wait to meet Miranda next April in Roanoke, Virginia, for the 2014 running of the Blue Ridge Marathon.

Again, Congratulations!

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Blue Ridge Marathon Contest!!

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Ok folks, this is it!

Previously stated, and a couple of different dates were given, but I have been given the go ahead to hold my contest this week!

So, starting today with this post, my official race entry contest begins, and will run through this Sunday evening at midnight.  I will use a random number generator and choose a winner next Monday, and make an announcement with another blog entry on October 21, 2013.

You will receive one entry for a comment left on this blog post, and a second entry if you get others to follow my blog.  Please make sure to let me know on Twitter @RunningWild1313 if you introduce others to my blog, and have those people reference your name in his/her replies in the comment section on this blog post.  Your comment on my post should include the reason/reasons why you want to win a free entry into this race.

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The Blue Ridge Marathon is an epic event!  It is challenging, and it WILL challenge you to your core.  The event is April 26th, 2014 in Roanoke, Virginia.  It is a beautiful area, with amazing people.  The winner will receive one free race entry, on this date.  If you would like more information, please visit the official race website at http://www.blueridgemarathon.com, and follow them on Twitter at @BRM26pt2.  The website has a lot of great information regarding race specifics, course map, and elevation chart.

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That is me, after completing the event this year.  Happy as a clam, and thrilled with beating this tough course.  The journey was amazing, the views astounding, the race organization top notch.  We would love to have you join us for this event in 2014.  As an official Blue Ridge Marathon Blogger, I will be back again in April of 2014, and ready to better my finish time from this year.

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The very best of luck to all of you!

Blue Ridge Marathon Contest Alert

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I am an official Blogger for the Blue Ridge Marathon which will be held in April of 2014.  We are 228 days from the start of America’s Toughest Road Marathon.  I ran this race this year, and have recapped it here www.http://wp.me/p3u1nG-i.

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If you want to take part in an epic marathon in the beautiful city of Roanoke, Virginia, April 26, 2014 the following information may be very enticing for you!

I will be holding a contest on my blog the week of October 7th, 2013.  Official rules on how to enter will come later, but I just wanted to make you aware that you can win an entry into this amazing running event.  If you don’t want to wait, you can always visit the official race website and enter today.  www.blueridgemarathon.com. The Full Marathon is limited to the first lucky 750 entrants.  I was one of the lucky one’s this year, and had the most memorable time!

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So, if you are in the least bit intrigued, I urge you to visit the Blue Ridge Marathon website for details on the race.  Join me and a bunch of other running friends and the entire community that comes out to support this great event in Roanoke.  Your journey to the marathon finish will be one that you won’t soon forget.  The mountains, the views, the challenge!  Feel free to share my blog with others that you think may be interested, as well.  You can also follow me on Twitter, at @RunningWild1313.

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Remember:  Contest rules upcoming…. One lucky winner will receive a free entry into the race!  Watch my blog for additional details, contest begins October 7, 2013.

Blue Ridge Marathon Photo Collage

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I am an official blogger for the Blue Ridge Marathon in 2014.  I ran this marathon earlier this year, and need to SCREAM out loud about how great it was!  I am sure 2014 will be even more fantastic!  Stay tuned for more blog posts about this beautiful race in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

I took some photos from the event this year and wanted to share them, sort of as a tease for what is to come.  When you see the following sign, you just have this feeling like things are about to get real, and fast!

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Nervous excitement?  Oh yeah!  When you pick up that Bib, and race shirt, doesn’t it make you feel a mixture of emotions?  Especially when you are about to run America’s Toughest Road Marathon…….

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As you toe the line, you have to remember why you are there.  To challenge yourself, perhaps to a higher level than ever before.  To run an absolutely amazing race in some of the most scenic surroundings you may possibly ever run.  The views, the vistas, the mountains, will challenge you and leave you breathless in more ways than one.

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Wow! Just Wow!

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Mill Mountain Star

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View of Roanoke on your run.

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Breathtaking views abound!

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One of many, uphill climbs

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Bart out of breath? Not!

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L-R… David, Amy, Bart, Janie

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Me and my medal. Proud finisher of the marathon.

Blue Ridge Marathon Blogger

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It’s official!  I have been chosen to be an official blogger for the Blue Ridge Marathon, in Roanoke, Virginia, on April 26, 2014.  The email actually came in while I was running a half marathon this past Thursday evening.

I am thrilled to be chosen.  I ran this marathon earlier this year in April, and had the time of my life!  This is a bucket list race, a “must run”, in my book!  I look forward to blogging more about this incredibly well run event in the coming months.  I hope you will join me on this blogging journey, as I will also be holding a contest, with the winner receiving a free entry into the 2014 event!

Stay tuned for more info on the area, as Roanoke is a great city to visit, nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains.  If you haven’t already read my review/recap of this years event, check it out.  http://wp.me/p3u1nG-i.  This race is considered to be America’s Toughest Road Marathon, and will challenge any runner with over 7,000 ft. of elevation change.

Here I am, in probably what will be the best race photo ever taken of me.

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….and yes!  This photo is from the Blue Ridge Marathon this year!