Half Marathon, 5K & Kids' Cub Run
Presented by Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
Coming Saturday, April 9, 2016, 8 AM
Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA
Join us for the 10th Annual Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon and the 8th Annual Children's Half-Mile Cub Run, and for the second 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!
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 is the 5K run/walk For the first 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. This half mile out-and-back fun run for children ages 12 and under is the perfect compliment 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 along side 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 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
This year's live entertainment will consist of "face melting" rock'n roll by the band Dirty Toys. Also on hand will be the FM99 entourage including Rock Girl Misa. Stick around for great post race party with beer by local craft brewers Big Ugly Brewery, music food and awards.
This year, 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 2016: 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 10th Annual Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon on April 9, 2016. 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 register as an individual volunteer for the event, 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.
To register as a group, first have your group chairperson register your group by clicking the link below. From there, the group leader will need to create a username and password to log in and set up the group. Once the group is set up, direct each member of your group to sign up for your group as shown below. Special prizes will be given to the largest volunteer group.
Register for a group. After your group chairperson has created your group, please click the link below to sign up for the group. Select the group you would like to join from the drop down list and enter the password provided to you by your group chairperson. Complete the required information and submit.
Coordinator acccess page. This is where assigned volunteer coordinators can log in and view, download and communicate with their group of volunteers.
Join our committee!
If you are interested in having a more active volunteer role and would like to help in planning the Dismal Swamp Stomp, consider joining our team as a committe member. We still have several key positions available and would love to talk with you! Just call our office at 757-373-4174.
Phone: (757) 373-4174
Mail: Mettle Events, 1211 Buckingham Ave., Norfolk, VA 23508
Volunteers will receive the following:
Official Volunteer T-shirt
One Free Admission to Post-Race Party
Appreciation and thanks from the City of Chesapeake and all of the athletes