Blue Ridge Marathon teams up with Down by Downtown to offer something for everyone

Preparations are underway for the Blue Ridge Marathon. (Photo: Annie Andersen)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET)-- "America's Toughest Road Marathon" is just a day and a half away.

Crews are already setting up at for the annual Blue Ridge Marathon

Participation is up by about 10 percent this year, but organizers say there are still spots available. They will be taking last minute sign-ups at Roanoke's City Market building Friday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The race starts at 7:35 Saturday morning, and organizers say they will not be doing day of registration.

While the Blue Ridge Marathon is considered one of the toughest marathons, organizers made sure to make sure that there was a lot going on for non-runners too.

Roanoke Outside Events Manager Julie Boas explained, "We'll have festivities all day long in Elmwood park. They're open to the public. We'll have free live music, craft beer from Ballast Point Brewing as well as Parkway Brewing, we'll have food trucks. We're going to have an earth day festival in Elmwood as well the same day, as well as race related vendors."

Boas added that they also always recommend people come to cheer on runners along the race.

Because of the size of the marathon, there will be road closures. All of them will be over by 3 p.m., with many of them over at noon. For a full list of road closures, click here.

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