I've been training for the Blue Ridge Marathon on April 24, 2010, which has over 3000 ft of elevation gain. Running up Mill Mountain has been good practice. The Mill Mountain Greenway leaves the Roanoke River Greenway and travels along a few streets before leading to the old road up Mill Mountain. The road now serves as a long driveway for one house on Mill Mountain and as a greenway. Although, the greenway only gets the most dedicated users because of the elevation gain. So, I made the trip up, slowly jogging, with a few short walking breaks. The top of Mill Mountain rewards the traveler with excellent views of the Roanoke Valley. The views seemed even better considering I used my own locomotion to get to the top. Coming down I used the short Watchtower Trail to connect back to the Mill Mountain Greenway.