Foot Levelers has announced that it has signed a new multi-year agreement with the Roanoke Outside Foundation to continue their title sponsorship of the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon and Half Marathon through 2021. The 2019 Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on Saturday, April 13.
For Foot Levelers, sponsoring the marathon and half marathon is an opportunity to support the Roanoke community and encourage people to be active and healthy, including Foot Levelers employees. As a healthcare company, encouraging healthy habits has become part of Foot Levelers’ culture.
“We are committed to improving health in our community and share the spirit for building an active and vibrant community,” said Kent S. Greenawalt, President and CEO of Foot Levelers. “The marathon brings in people from all over and showcases the best of Roanoke. The economic impact the marathon is having on the local economy and the support it is providing to so many local organizations is exciting.”
The partnership between the Roanoke Outside Foundation and Foot Levelers has helped the marathon become a key economic driver for the city of Roanoke through increased participation, raising money for dozens of local charities, and bringing increased recognition to the city of Roanoke. The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon has been recognized as America’s toughest road race and as one of the hardest races in the world in Runner’s World.
Now in its 10th year, the race draws runners from across the country and the world to take on the 7,430 ft. in elevation change and experience all that Roanoke has to offer. In 2018, runners from 39 states and six countries participated in the race weekend. Since its beginning, the marathon has contributed more than $4.5 million to the regional economy and over $185,000 in donations to dozens of local organizations according to numbers released by the Roanoke Outside Foundation.
“Foot Levelers has been a great partner, and we are excited to continue our partnership with them as the title sponsor for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon and Half Marathon. We are thankful to have such a health-conscious company that is committed to improving health in our community. The race weekend brings our entire community together every year to celebrate the beauty of where we live and highlights our welcoming citizens. We look forward to our continued partnership, and together we will continue making the valley a more active and vibrant place to live,” said Julia Boas, Event Manager for Roanoke Outside Foundation.
To register for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon and Half Marathon or for more info, please visit www.blueridgemarathon.com.