Half Marathon, 5K & Kids' Cub Run
Presented by Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
Coming Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8 AM
Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA
Join us for the 12th Annual Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon and the 10th Annual Children's Half-Mile Cub Run, and for the third year a 5K in beautiful Chesapeake, Virginia,
The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail off Route 17 offers runner forested wetlands and a peaceful paved path along the wilderness of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Runners can opt for half marathon, 5K, or kids half mile distances
Dismal Swamp Stomp offers all of the perks of larger races minus the big crowds. If you're tired of feeling like a herd of cattle, you'll love Dismal Swamp Stomp!
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare is pleased to serve again as the presenting sponsor for the Dismal Swamp Stomp. As an independent, community-based hospital we share your commitment to the community. CRH prides itself on providing high quality health care to the residents of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. We are home to a variety of health care facilities such as Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Chesapeake Regional Medical Group and Cedar Manor Assisted Living. CRH offers a nationally-accredited Chest Pain Center, Accredited Center for Bariatric Surgery, has earned four Women's Choice Awards and has one of the busiest Emergency Departments and maternity wards in the area. Its technologically advanced medical equipment includes the first da Vinci" XI Surgical System in the state of Virginia and the first Mobile Mammography Unit offering 30 screenings In the region. With more than 600 physicians, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare is dedicated to putting patients first with innovative treatments and compassionate, patient-centered care.
Race Expo/Packet Pickup
Race Expo/Packet pick up will be at Chesapeake Regional Medical Lifestyle Center, which is located at 800 North Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23320. The hours for packet pick up are on Friday, April 13 between the hours of 3:00PM to 7:00PM. If these hours do not work for you, a friend may pick up your packet for you.
Half Marathon 8AM
The flat 13.1-mile asphalt course will take runners on a spectacular jouney through lush, mysterious landscape and rich history. The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail off Route 17 offers runner forested wetlands and a peaceful paved path along the wilderness of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
For the second year the Dismal Swamp Stomp will also incorporate a 5K run/walk. The 5K will start and finish in the same locations as the half marathon, and will start 5 minutes after the start of the half marathon. All entrants receive a race premium, custom finisher medal and age group winners will receive custom awards.
Cub Run 11:30AM
Returning this year, the Children's Half Mile Cub Run sponsored by Bay Screen and Graphics. This half mile out-and-back fun run for children ages 12 and under is the perfect complement to our successful Dismal Swamp Stomp. All children will have access to the special children's activity area sponsored by Primrose Schools prior to the race and will receive a t-shirt and runner's packet. They will also receive a finisher's medal when they cross the finish line. Parents are welcome to run alongside their children. The cub run will start at 11:30 at the carved bear at the trail head and will finish across the half marathon finish line.
Sanctioned by USA Track & Field, the out-and-back race will be held rain or shine. The event is limited to 2,500 runners and applicants will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. All runners/walkers must be able to complete the course in 4 hours or less. This race is open to walkers and baby strollers.
In both the 5K and Half Marathon, our signature custom carved heron awards will be given to: the top three overall male and female and the top three overall male and female runners in each age group: 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and over. Top three male and female walkers in the half marathon are also awarded. Each registered participant will receive a finisher's medal when they cross the finish line.
Cash awards in the Half Marathon will be provided to the top 5 male and female athletes based on AGE GRADED results. Follow this link for an age grading explanation.
Prize money breakdown for top five male and female age graded athletes will be: 1st $1,000, 2nd $550, 3rd $250, 4th $125, 5th $75
The Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department and Mettle Events, Inc. are seeking eligible 501(c)(3) organizations* who serve the residents of the City of Chesapeake to apply to be selected as one of the local charities that share a portion of the event’s proceeds for the year 2018: one to three charities will be chosen. Please visit the link below to find out how to qualify.
Be a part of the Dismal Swamp Stomp!
Chesapeake is looking for volunteers for the 11th Annual Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon on April 14, 2018. Individuals and groups of all types (church, school, corporate, and more) are needed to make this event a success.
Please note that you may register for more than one volunteer task provided the times do not overlap. If you do not have a preference of jobs, please make note in the comments box.
To as an individual or a group, please click on the link below, read through the job descriptions, check the job you would like to perform, and complete the necessary personal information.