LewisGale Salem Half Marathon

About the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K & G&H Contracting Kids Run

The City of Salem is known as "Virginia's Championship City", where we have hosted NCAA National Championships as well as many other tournaments. In 2016, we decided to branch out and bring that "Championship" mentality to running!

We have partnered with Blue Ridge Racing, the area's leading road race management organization to produce these events. In addition to managing the Lewis Gale Salem Half Marathon and associated events, Blue Ridge Racing handles the race management for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, also known as "America's Toughest Road Marathon."

The Salem Half Marathon will celebrate its third year in 2018. Its mission is to encourage people to get outside and get physically active. The race starts and finishes on Main Street, takes runners on a tour of Salem through neighborhoods, Roanoke College and the Roanoke River Greenway.

This is a race you will want to come back and do year after year. We always pursue excellence and this race is an event that you will want to mark on your calendar.

Here is what you have been waiting for....

The results for the 2018 LewisGale Salem Half Marathon and Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K. We want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting this race.  We appreciate everyone who came out and ran!  

Click here to see the race results

Event Updates

Final Race Info Newsletter

Please take a moment to go through this Final Race Info Newsletter to make sure you have all the information you need to be ready for our races, packet pick up, and Finish Line activities pre- and post-race. Packet Pick-Up is Friday, October 12 from 3:00-7:00 PM and Saturday, October 13 from 5:30-7:30 AM in the Salem Farmers Market located at 14 W. Main St. Salem, VA 24153. Last minute registration is also available during these times. Please review the Race Details for your race, Parking and Street ClosuresCourse Maps and elevation charts, Where to Eat and Stay, and local Attractions. Downtown Main St. businesses are also open during the race. We can't wait to see you on Saturday. Good luck! We hope you have a fun race experience climbing the hills on the streets of Salem, VA. 

Volunteers Needed

VOLUNTEERS are needed for October 11-13 for race set-up and especially on race day, Saturday, October 13th. Register to volunteer as an individual, group, team, organization, or business. We couldn't put on such a fantastic city sponsored race without our amazing Volunteers who give back to our community. Register HERE to volunteer.

G&H Contracting Kids Two-Mile Run

NEW this year, we have a two mile option for the kids!  Choose the distance that is appropriate for your child- one mile or two. The Kids Fun Run one mile course starts & finishes at the Salem Farmers Market on Main Street. Your child will race up and down Main Street. The two mile course follows the same route as the main field up to Academy Street, then turns back towards Main Street to the finish line.  Kids running this option should be prepared for a few hills! This will surely be a great experience for your child and get them outdoors! 

Olde Salem Brewery

This year we will be partnering with Olde Salem Brewing Company who will be providing every runner 21+ with a free beer to be redeemed Friday night at Packet Pick-up or Saturday after the race! Register here to guarantee yourself a free beer!


Virginia's Blue Ridge Triple Crown

The Virginia's Blue Ridge Triple Crown is back and now we're a part of it! We're happy to announce that the Virginia's Blue Ridge Triple Crown will include the Blue Ridge Marathon (or half marathon- your choice), the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, and the Star City Half Marathon. Register for all three races and you'll get major bragging rights and an awesome Triple Crown medal! Get complete details here!

2017 Race Photos

2017 race day photos are available for purchase here

Monthly Newsletter

If you are interested in receiving a monthly newsletter to keep up-to-date with all things Salem Half Marathon, 8K, & Kids Run.  Click the link below to sign up! 

Click here to sign up

2018 Registration opens 11/10!

After another successful year, we will be back on October 13th, 2018!  We have so much in store for our runners & can't wait to see you all on the starting line.  With that said, the registration for the 2018 race will open November 10th.  We look forward to seeing you in 2018. Click here to register today!