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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 5 & 20; Half Mile 7.
“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!”
Welcome to the 2021 New River Marathon…
Marathon: 7:30 am (6 hour limit)
USATF Certified: NC19007DF
1/2 Marathon: 7:45 am (5.75 hour limit)
Ruckers and Walkers who can achieve the time limit are welcome.
4-Mile: 8:00 am
Ruckers and Walkers are welcome.
Friday, October 2
1-Mile (and 1/2 Mile) Fun Run: 6:00pm
Please refer to the Race Registration tab for Entry Fees and Registration Deadlines or click here.
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 & 4-Mile) run along the banks of the historic New River in Fleetwood and Todd, 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. Over 17 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 different feel than the Marathon. The Half is purely a loop course with an uphill start and achieves the two highest elevations of the New River events (3445 ft at Mile 1.7 and 3442 ft at Mile 2.7. After the challenging start, runners will enjoy the long descent and pastoral views of Christmas tree farms, and horse and cattle farms, as well as the New River valley.
The New River 4-Mile may be shorter in distance, but will be every bit as unique, scenic and challenging as the longer New River events.
The New River Marathon is organized and directed by Blue Ridge Endurance Ltd.