LewisGale Salem Half Marathon

About the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K & G&H Contracting Kids Run

The City of Salem is known as "Virginia's Championship City", where we have hosted NCAA National Championships as well as many other tournaments. In 2016, we decided to branch out and bring that "Championship" mentality to running!

We have partnered with Blue Ridge Racing, the area's leading road race management organization to produce these events. In addition to managing the Lewis Gale Salem Half Marathon and associated events, Blue Ridge Racing handles the race management for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, also known as "America's Toughest Road Marathon."

The Salem Half Marathon will celebrate its fifth year in 2020. Its mission is to encourage people to get outside and get physically active. The race starts and finishes on Main Street, takes runners on a tour of Salem through neighborhoods, Roanoke College and the Roanoke River Greenway.

This is a race you will want to come back and do year after year. We always pursue excellence and this race is an event that you will want to mark on your calendar.





Save the Date: October 10, 2020:

October 10, 2020 is set for the 5th annual LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K, and G&H Contracting Kids Run. We are already coming up with new ideas to make our runners' race experience even better in 2020. To review our race and have your voice be heard by our staff, please visit the following online websites to leave a review: Race Raves or Bib Raves

2019 Race Results and Race Photos

Thank you to all of our runners who came out for the 4th Annual LewisGale Salem Half Marathon and Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K. The race results are in! You can view our Half Marathon results HERE and our 8K results HERE. As an added service to our runners this year, we are providing FREE race photos, so find your photos and download them for your personal use by clicking HERE.


Course Changes

We've made a few changes to our Half Marathon course this year to make it safer and more scenic for runners. Check out the new course map HERE and turn by turn directions HERE.


Not ready to run the Half Marathon or 8K yet? Don't worry we still have plenty of ways for you to be involved with race day. Our race requires over 200 volunteers to help ensure a successful race! Interested in volunteering? Sign up HERE!

Triple Crown

As an added bonus to running our Salem Half Marathon, you will have the opportunity to win the Virginia's Blue Ridge Triple Crown race medal if you also complete the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Full or Half Marathon (in April) and the Star City Half Marathon (in November) within the same year. This exciting race series rewards runners in the Roanoke Valley with some serious race medal bling and bragging rights! 


If you are interested in receiving race updates for the Salem Half Marathon, 8K, & Kids Run, click HERE.