The clanging of cowbells, the cheers of supporters, the slapping of rubber against pavement as one by one runners crossed the finish line, exhausted but exhilarated, triumphant and often emotional — these are just a few of the sights and sounds from this weekend’s Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon. The mercury surged to 80 and the sun was unrelenting, but the air hummed with excitement. Click on the images below to enjoy the short videos.
High fives across the finish line
David Stewart Wiley (right), Music Director of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, along with his 12-year-old son Misha, encouraging runners with a live rendition “Chariots of Fire” (thanks to Maestro Wiley for this clip!)
Another view of the finish line
More excitement from the finish line
Amy Ostrofe of Suffolk, Virginia (runner in pink), women’s winner of the Blue Ridge Marathon with a time of just over 3:25