I love a challenge. I am all about setting goals and overcoming obstacles in my fitness life. When I went to California last fall for my mother’s 70th birthday, I looked for a race to run. I could have run a fairly flat 5K in Palm Springs but I chose, instead, to run the Palm Springs Tram Challenge which is nothing but elevation – 2,000 feet of it in 6K.

I am also all about social media. I love Twitter and Facebook. I have taken courses on how to use social media for business purposes and help others with these applications. One of my favorite parts of Twitter is chats. #Runchat is my favorite chat by far. I am usually annoyed with myself when I forget it is happening or when I can’t make it (second and fourth Sundays at 8 pm ET for those of you wondering).

So when #runchat partnered up with the Blue Ridge Marathon, I knew this was going to be my spring marathon for 2013. This past year my spring goal was to run two marathons in May so next year, my spring goal is to complete the Blue Ridge Marathon with a PR. This is going to make for a tough winter training season but there are so many great reasons to #runBlueRidge.

Good news for all you readers and runners! The Blue Ridge Marathon has offered me the chance to give away one race registration. Do you want to spend your winter gearing up for mountains – not hills, but mountains? The full marathon course has over 7,234’ of elevation change. What a great way to follow up my fall of 2011 challenge with 2,000 feet of elevation change! There are three mountains to ascend, and descend. I am sure the downhill is what is going to do me in as it tends to be what gets to me.

Do you want to get to meet other runners from #runchat? I know that a registration was given away during the chat a few weeks ago. There will be quite a few of us in Roanoke in April.

Not sure you are up for 26.2 miles in the mountains? Try the half. In addition to the full and half marathon options, there is also a double, team relay, and kids marathon option. I have to tell you, though, the thought of 26.2 miles of up and down make me giddy. I love the thought!! Hopefully, I’ll love the result also.

There is live music at the end of the race, along with a climbing wall. Hopefully, the wall is to entertain those awaiting us finishers as I cannot imagine a climbing wall after running 26.2 miles. Who knows, though? Maybe I will try it.

So, want to #runBlueRidge with me? Leave a comment here on my blog. If you want more chances to win (don’t ask why I do this as I hate having other chances because it means I have to do something), follow @BRM26.2 on Twitter. Leave a separate comment that you have done so. Also, like the marathon on Facebook for second or third chance. Again, leave a separate comment.

Some details on the giveaway and disclaimers below.

I will pick a winner on Sunday, September 16th. Contest will close on 11:59pm on the 15th. I will use random.org to select the winner. I can’t wait to see who else loves a challenge and who will be running the same marathon I am in April of 2013.

Disclaimer: I have received a free entry into the Blue Ridge Marathon in exchange for discussing my training and the marathon itself on my blog, my Twitter feed and my Facebook timeline.

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