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Salem Parks & Recreation, organizers of the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, continues to monitor the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to bringing you a safe, in-person event. Currently, the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia’s Blue Ridge 8k, and G&H Kids Fun Run are on schedule for Saturday, October 10. We are looking at potential modifications and new ways to safely host the event. Some changes may include change in start times to adhere to Virginia’s Department of Health and the CDC’s policies. However, if you do not feel comfortable racing in person, we will be offering a virtual race as well. The in-person Half Marathon and virtual race will both count towards the Triple Crown. We can assure you that we are working extremely hard to make sure you have a race to run in 2020!
2020 Changes for In-Person Race:
Virtual Race Details:
We will continue to share more information as updates become available.
Thank you for working with us to create a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.
The City of Salem, known as "Virginia's Championship City", has hosted numerous NCAA National Championships as well as many other national and international sports tournaments. In 2016, we decided to branch out and bring that "Championship" mentality to running! Our races start and finish at the Salem Farmers Market in downtown Salem, VA and takes you on a scenic tour of Salem through neighborhoods, Roanoke College, and the Roanoke River Greenway.
We have partnered with Blue Ridge Racing, the area's leading road race management organization to produce these events. In addition to managing the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K, and the G&H Contracting Kids Run, Blue Ridge Racing handles the race management for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, also known as "America's Toughest Road Marathon".
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 valley with some serious race medal bling and bragging rights!
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