Monday, November 26, 2012

What's Next: Blue Ridge Marathon!

It's been almost 2 months since the Chicago marathon.  It's hard to believe that it's been that long already... but it has.  Last week, I jumped in on a turkey trot in Columbus and felt really good.  So it's time to get back into the training ring.

So... I thought I'd tell you all what's next for me and how you can be a part of it!

Some have called me crazy... and there may be some precedent for that.  But I've decided to set my eyes on America's Toughest Road Marathon... The Blue Ridge Marathon.

I know what you're thinking, "Really Jim, how could they know that?"  Take a look at the course map and the elevation map if you don't believe me... about 7,200 feet of elevation change over the course of the marathon.  (The Chicago Marathon... that I just did... elevation change of about 30 feet...)

Needless to say: I'm going to be spending some time on the hills training for this marathon.

But I've picked this marathon for a couple of reasons (and I think you should too):

  • First, It's small! After Chicago (45,000 runners), I'm ready for something a little smaller.
  • Second, it's a challenge.  It's going to be really, really hilly.  I've never done anything like that so it's going to force me to change my training cycle to get the job done.  
  • Third, it's in an area of the country that I've never run in before... Roanoke, VA and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  
  • Fourth, some friends of mine are going to be a part of it... and I've never had the chance to run a marathon with them!

So...  I've teamed up with them as an "official blogger" for this year's coming marathon.  "What does that mean?" you ask.

A couple of things...
First, I'll be blogging about my experiences in training, running and after the race in evaluation.

Second, I'm helping them out with some promotion of the event!

But third, it means that you could win a free entry into either the half marathon or the full marathon.  I'll tell you how you can do that in a second.

Take a look at the course video... along a map and elevation marker... and see if this is something YOU want to tackle:

If you think you'd like to put the Blue Ridge Marathon on your calendar for April 19 and 20 and run with me, here's how you can do that:

  1. First, follow me on Twitter... @jimmclark.
  2. Second, follow the Blue Ridge Marathon on Twitter... @BRM26pt2.
  3. Third, post this tweet exactly (without the quotation marks, of course) to your Twitter feed: "thinking about running America's toughest road marathon: crazy? You could win a free registration! @jimmclark @BRM26pt2 "
  4. Fourth, post that tweet each day to your twitter feed to receive another entry per day through Friday 9 pm (eastern time). 
  5. Fifth, post in the comments below that you did all those and you'll receive up to seven entries (2 for the follows and up to 5 for the Tweets) for the race entry of your choice: half marathon or full marathon.  Include in the comments below your name, your email address (so I know how to get in touch with you if you win), your Twitter name (so I can count the entries) and what you would prefer: a half marathon entry or a full marathon entry.  
I will choose a random winner on Saturday morning and contact that individual.  

Happy Running... and Good Luck! 

Keep running friends!

Jim Clark

Disclaimer (if you're into that sort of thing): As an official blogger for the Blue Ridge Marathon, I am receiving a free entry into the Blue Ridge Marathon in exchange for promoting this event.  This in no way discredits any opinion I may or may not have about the marathon or my excitement about participating in the marathon.  My opinions and excitement about the race are solely mine and are not the product of anyone other than the author.  


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  3. Ok! Whew! Finally able to comment. I did #s 1-3.
    Twitter @runningmom2boys

  4. I just followed you on twitter, and I also followed the blue ridge twitter page. I would love to do this race. I ran the Cotton Row 10K in Huntsville, AL in May '12. The middle of the race goes straight up hill (mountain). Who DOESN'T like a great challenge???

  5. PS! Twitter @PhillipsRunning

  6. Did: 1, 2, and 3 (so far for 1 day)
    The 12 y/o wants to do the half! Im already doing the full!

    Twitter: runningourway
    email: justevil00 @ hotmail (dot) com

  7. 1. I follow you on Twitter
    2. I also follow Blur Ridge Marathon on Twitter
    3. I posted the tweet for the day
    Would love to win an entry for my husband for the Half!
    Name: Jacy
    Twitter: : @jacybackontrack
    email: msfourtune @

  8. Hi Jim ok followed you on Twitter I'm @runnermommy2008 and my email is I'm interested in completing the full mary

  9. Tweeted again on Tuesday! (well my mom did!)

  10. Done!
    Twitter: amanda_mowry
    Email: amanda (dot) mowry (at) me (dot) com

  11. 1-3 are done.
    Twitter- @murrbev
    Email- maryhubbard @ gmail (dot) com

    I may be crazy but I'm thinking about the full.