Mountaintop View of the Blue Ridge Marathon

Sunrise on Roanoke Mountain.

A runner with a great backdrop.

Saturday’s Blue Ridge Marathon–a 26.2-mile mountain run–drew a crowd of more than 2,000 participants, a near flood, some sore feet and a trove of medals, many of them firsts.

The winners were among the firsts. Sarah Glenn, of Roanoke, a five-time half-marathon winner, won the women’s marathon, a first for her, in 3 hours, 28 minutes, 43 seconds, and Tim Gruber of Richmond won the men’s race, his first marathon, in  3:00:53.

All of that is well and good, but it isn’t the point here. This one is about my friend Susan’s photos from the top of Roanoke Mountain where she was a volunteer, arriving just after dawn and watching a spectacular, cloud-heavy sunrise and then working with tired runners for nearly four hours.

Some of Susan’s photos are simply records of what happened, others are watercolor aesthetics of what it looked like through her artist’s eye. Hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

The sun is trying to slip through. It didn’t. The rain came in a bit.

Women’s winner Sarah Glenn of Roanoke atop Roanoke Mountain.

The view was breathtaking.

Winner Tim Gruber running by the hydration station.

Father and son pausing to enjoy the morning.

Runners run up the steep incline six miles into the race.

Offering encouragement for a competitor.

My friend Susan (left) and her friend Susan represented Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway as volunteers.

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