Photo by Brian Hoffman
Participants running through Downtown Salem.
Marathon runners describe race day as “picture perfect”

Runners of all types were encouraged to participate in Salem’s only half marathon on October 14. The mission of the LewisGale Half Marathon has remained the same since its 2016 inception: to draw people to Downtown Salem and encourage them to get fit.

Approximately participants gathered at Longwood Park around 8 a.m. and took care of any necessary registration before starting a run that went through various Salem neighborhoods, Roanoke College and the greenway.

Last Saturday marked Jarvis Hamilton’s second consecutive year participating in the marathon. “I knew that Downtown Salem would be closed off so I tried to warn as many people as possible,” he said. “I was able to participate with a lot of my friends which was a real highlight for…

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