Gallop 4 the Greenways was a creation of a group of young professionals who established Valley Forward. 

Robert Fralin, John Lugar, Bradley Blum, Eddie Martin, Aaron Ewert and others formed Valley Forward and began contemplating ways that they could improve the Roanoke community.

The first race was held in 2007. For the initial 4 years the group worked with sponsors to build the Gallop into Roanoke's premier running event and fundraiser for the Greenways.

Gallop 4 the Greenways was then managed by the City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation for several years, but the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission is currently running the event. All proceeds go to Pathfinders for Greenways for greenway construction.