A North Carolina / Blue Ridge Mountain Marathon Experience! North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and the spectacular New River valley are the backdrop for the New River Marathon, Half Marathon & 4 Mile. The New River, one of only 14 American Heritage Rivers, is framed with views of horse farms, Christmas tree farms and the spectacular surrounding river valley. Experience why runners are raving: “I can honestly say New River Marathon is my absolute favorite race~the course is stunning and the people are genuinely kind” (50 Stater) and “one of the most spectacular scenic courses in the land!” Wooden finisher medallions locally crafted from Blue Ridge Mountain wood, locally crafted awards, live music, Stick Boy Bread Co. Kitchen finisher goodies (scones, bagels, fresh fruit), NC based Recover Brand race shirts, and so much more. USATF certified.