8th, 2014 -
2.75ish miles plus 660+
Itís the most unparalleled and breathtaking race in
all of Virginia. Todayís most
sophisticated GPS systems canít measure the overall pain and gain from the
inherent urban elevation. In no other place can you find such extreme
elevations on such a flat topography.
The inaugural event saw
246 participants gasp for air as the raced up, down, over, and through
Take a look at the event as it was captured
by our race day videographer Paul Workman -
He did a great job of getting an inside look at
what you get when combine the urban race concept of Roanoke Parks and
Recreation with the
downtown elevation idea of Mountain Junkies LLC. Together we have
partnered for a one of a kind event that will reach epic elevations.
What is it and where is the UP you are talkin' about?
is billed as "Roanoke's Most Breathtaking Event." The short of
it is; run to, through, up, and over a few of Roanoke's landmarks, getting
elevation in 2 of the city's parking garages,
and finishing with a breathtaking climb and descent in the Wells Fargo
Tower. You may be able to run, you may be able to climb, but can you
It is very likely that at some point in this race you
will think the words What's Up With This but due to the level of this
challenge it will most likely come
out as a one word gasp, thus the name WAZUPWIDIS!
$30 on or before January 22nd
(Click above for link)
(plus $2.80 processing fee)
on or before January 22nd
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$40 (processing fee
after January 22nd
Packet Pickup and
Race Day Info
at Gilbert Chiropractic in Salem - 375-3990;
from 10-1 & 3-6.
Check-in, and Race Registration - 7:15-8:40 in the
Pedestrian crossing at the Wells Fargo Tower.
There will be a
Race Briefing at 8:40 at the intersection of Market St. and
The course is close to
2.75 miles of horizontal running plus 660 steps of vertical running up
and then back down.
Times from last year ended up
being over a normal 5k time.
start will be at the pedestrian crossing at the Wells Fargo Tower (the
corner of Market St. and Norfolk Ave).
here you will head to the transportation museum where you will
encounter some locomotive inspired terrain.
Cross Salem Avenue and you
will climb the ramps of the Campbell parking garage, head down the
stairs (85), and then return back onto Campbell.
Heading toward 2nd St. you
will head down the stairs at the light and run in front of the Warehouse
Row Condominiums to the Martin Luther King Bridge.
Head over the bridge, run to
the main entrance of the Gainsboro Parking Garage where you will run
down the ramps, then up the stairs (57), and exit the garage taking a right onto
Centre Ave and then another right onto North Jefferson St. and then a
left onto Shenandoah Ave.
Here you will run down to the
Pedestrian Bridge (39 steps up).
Cross the bridge, down the
escalator and out the door to the best part.
Here you will climb the 20
flights of the Wells Fargo Tower (440 up), cross over to the down stairwell at
our friends at AECOM's office, head down down down to the main lobby
(440 steps down).
Out the front doors, taking
lefts around the building and entering the parking garage stairwell to
level 2 (40) and then finishing heading up the ramps to the 7th floor finish.
participant needs to be aware that the course is on restricted city
streets. While we will have course marshals at critical positions on
the course, participants need to be aware of their surroundings and the
potential of vehicles, people, or other hazards on the course.
Bib number must be worn on
your front, and visible at all times. Do
not tear off the bottom strip until the finish (Even if we chip time the
event. The tear tag is our backup).
There will be Waves
- Each wave will be set up by what you chose at registration and by your
stated 5k pace.
Follow the marked course
- no short cutting. We have eyes everywhere!
Because of the course and our
lack of excitement for cleaning up stomach contents from the stairway.
We will not have a Waterstop.
If you think you will need water you will need to BYODrink.
Communicate and be courteous
to other participants and volunteers.
Headphones (ipods, mp3
players, etc) are permitted only if you
keep the volume down so that you can hear other runners behind you and
our volunteers when they need to get your attention. Failure to do this
will jeopardize the use of headphones for you and the other runners in
Dogs are NOT permitted.
If you drop out for any
reason, please let us know at the finish line or a course
11 male and female age
groups. with medals given to the top 3 in each age group. The
top 3 male and female and masters winners of each race will receive unique
Age brackets for the races include,
for both male and female:
14 and under; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29;
30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60 & up.
Management reserves the right to add or remove***
age groups and
awards depending on race participation.
Directions and Parking for the Race:
Recommended parking is in the
Center in the Square parking garage
(free parking on Saturday mornings).
Thank you to our Sponsors and
Poe and Cronk Real Estate Group
Virginia Museum of Transportation
Martin Hopkins & Lemon
For Race Information
Main Street, Salem, VA 24153