May 13, 2023

Breath-taking scenery, the New River valley, North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, locally crafted awards and local hospitality!
(Todd, NC)

Official Boston Marathon Qualifier

“It’s like running through a dream!”

“The most beautiful race venue ever…It even smells fantastic!”

“Out of the more than 20 marathons I’ve done, only Big Sur rivals the beauty of the New River course.”

This video is just a tease of the New River valley: Marathon Mile 14 & 23.5.

“Thank you for giving us a taste of Ashe County. From the post-race bluegrass, the authentic New River medals, and the incredible hospitality, everything was phenomenal and I can’t wait to come back next year!”

 “I’ve run 82 marathons and New River is definitely in my Top 10.”

“Best 13.1 around!”

 Click here to read other raves about the New River Marathon.


Ashe County and North Carolina’s High Country, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, are the home of the New River Marathon.

The New River Marathon races (marathon, half marathon & 5K) run along the banks of the historic New River in Todd and Fleetwood, NC.

The New River Marathon courses along the banks of the South Fork New River, one of only 14 American Heritage Rivers in the United States.  Approximately 20.8 miles roll along the banks of the scenic New River offering pastoral views of the River, Christmas tree farms, and horse and cattle farms.    “The most beautiful race venue ever!”

The New River Half-Marathon has a slightly different feel than the Marathon, but just as charming.  Approximately 9.5 miles roll along the banks of the New River offering pastoral views of Christmas tree farms, and horse and cattle farms, as well as the New River valley.

The New River 5K may be shorter in distance, but will be every bit as unique, scenic and challenging as the longer New River races.

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The New River Marathon is organized and directed by Blue Ridge Endurance Ltd.

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