Blue Ridge “Hi!”: The pleasures of Roanoke beckon

ROANOKE, Va. — Its heritage is tied to the railroad. Yet even before Norfolk and Western Railway’s steam locomotives rolled into the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this picturesque little town was a happening place. A hub along the long and bumpy Great Wagon Road that brought 18th-century settlers from Philadelphia to central North […]

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Pittsburgh marathoners get help up The Hill

For a city that’s as famous for its big hills as its 400-plus bridges, today’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Half Marathon will offer its 27,700 runners a fairly level course. Which is not to say it won’t have its challenges. Chief among them is The Hill, that daunting stretch of […]

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Marathoners: Take these recipes and run with them

  A big bowl of pasta one or two days before a big road race is a time-honored runners’ tradition. Carbs are the body’s primary fuel source during endurance events such as a half or full marathon. So thinking runners load up on them beforehand to ensure there’s at least a little gas left in […]

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