Roanoke Valley ispreparing for a marathon of its own.The Blue Ridge Marathon's is going into its 5th year andgetting better known by runners aroundthe world. WDBJ7's Orlando Salinas spent a few hours with the oldestrunner in this year's race.Inside the Roanoke Athletic Club iswhere I caught up withDavid Hurley.I asked him to run a few laps around thejoint so we could shootsome video... and he didand he kept going...and going... this guy loves to run. "I've done 7marathons and I didn't begin till I was in my 50's" When Dave saidthat, I had to ask him how old he was?"72. You're lying Haha. No really. 70is the new 50 you know that? "72. You're lying Haha. No really. 70is the new 50you know that? What I know is just watching this guytrain and run and look flat out great for 72,that was enough to make me feel awful.Then I asked Dave what got him running in the first place."When I was in m 30's I went to my doctor and he insulted me. He toldme I was out of shape and I left angry and he was a marathon runner."That's the perfect segue to talk about the BlueRidge Marathon which calls itself"America' toughest road marathon." 26 point 2 miles ofhills and valleys and a little flat land here and there. Friends andstrangers running side by side,competing with the crowd and themselves. Recently, during aregular checkup, Dave said doctors found a fast-growingcancerous tumor and took it outimmediately. Shortly after surgery, Dave wasback on the trail, training againfor the Blue Ridge. "Ran from RiverEdge out to William Byrd high schoolto the parkway andthen ran back. How many miles is that?Roughly oh I'd say between 18 and 20but I'm just at 90percent, I'm not 100 percent. I'd sayyou're crazy! Hahaha!"In case you forgot, Dave, this guy, is 72 and the oldest registered runner in this yearsBlue Ridge Marathon. He sayshe's got some inspiration. "I have a friend who'done almost 10 marathons and he's older than I am."I'm telling you, Dave does not lookhis age. He trains several timesa week and says running "America' toughest road marathon'' takesplanning and patience. "But I'm older now sI have to listen to my body.Ok since you're older does that mean yourun smarter? I haveendurance. Yes, I don't push myself."This guy can run me into the ground.I'm not sold that Dave is 72,maybe 52. InRoanoke Orlando Salinas wdbj7 The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathontakes place on Saturday, April 26th. WDBJ7's livecoverage of the event begins at 7:30 a-m and continues throught the morning. There will be awrap-up special at 7o'clock that night.We will also live stream our marathon coverage on WDBJ7 dot-com. From now until thebig day, stay in the loop with all thingsMarathon related by downloading The Big Event App.