Heart of Ghent 10K Event Information
Heart of Ghent 10K and Kid's Fun Run rings in the fall season to historic Ghent in Norfolk with a fit, festive, charitable family oriented run/walk through the historic and scenic Ghent neighborhood. With its unique blend of fine restaurants, boutiques, cafes, shopping, professional services, and quiet residential neighborhoods, Norfolk's Historic Ghent is an ideal location for this great event that is a "don't miss" race on the regional running calendar.
Visit our partners at Running Etc. for all of your running shoes and apparel needs. Their experienced and knowledgable staff can get you fit up in the right gear for you to make the most of your training. They also have weekly training group runs that can help get you to the starting line fit and ready to go!
If your training hits a snag, visit our partner Thomas Stites at Pivot Physical Therapy (formerly Pivot Physical Therapy) for a physical therapy program that can help you recover from your injury and get back on your training path.
Heart of Ghent 10K and Kid's Fun Run starts and finishes on Colley Avenue in Ghent across from Blair Middle School 730 Spotswood Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517. 10K race starts promptly at 8 a.m. Kid's Fun Run at 9:30. See Maps for full course desctiptions
Plenty of free parking is available at various Ghent businesses nearby and in legal street parking spots. See Directions Heart of Ghent Parking Map for an interactive map of suggested parking zones
The registration fee is; $40 until 1/1/17, $45 1/2/17-8/01/17, $50 8/2/17-8/22/17 and $55 on race day for all Adult 10K participants, and includes: race number, official race Tech shirt, custom finisher medal, great post race party and more! The registration fee for the Children's run is $15, and includes: race number, and souvenir finisher medal. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email on Wednesday September 20th. See the Registration page to get registered.
Best of Norfolk Series:
Coming back this year Mettle Events is offering a Best of Norfolk Challenge Race Series. This year, we are offering four races consisting of Heart of Ghent 10K on Sept 23, Riverview Village 1 Mile Dash on October 8, Wards Corner 10K on October 14 and the Tacky Sweater 5K on December 9. Register for one, or all four events and receive progressive discounted entry the more you register for. A custom series finisher medal will be presented at the Tacky Sweater 5K for participants completing the entire series. Also, series participants are eligible for Best of Norfolk overall and age group awards. Participants must register for the series at the time of entry. Registering for each event individually will not qualify you for discounts, finisher medals or awards.
Corporate Team Challenge:
Corporate Team Challenge offers companies an extraordinary opportunity to add some excitement, team building and good‐natured competition to the work place while promoting health and fitness.
To register as a corporate team, simply select the corporate team member option when registering and select your corporate team. Your team captain will need to create a team upon initial entry.
Brewery Cup Challenge :
Do you run for beer?
Due to the explosion of craft brewery startups in recent years and their magnetism to the running community the Heart of Ghent 10K has introduced the Brewery Cup Challenge to its race this year. Runners affiliated with any craft brewery are encouraged to assemble a team and compete in the Brewery Cup Challenge. Two categories to include the largest and fastest Brewery Cup teams will be recognized with special awards. This race provides the perfect opportunity for our various brewery affiliated running groups to boast their alliance and compete for bragging rights. Individual team participants are also eligible for overall and age group awards.
To register as a brewery team, simply select the brewery team member option when registering and select your brewery team. Your team captain will need to create a team upon initial entry.
Early packet pick up will be on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Pivot Physical Therapy (formerly Tidewater Physical Therapy) 250 West Brambleton Avenue Suite 100 Norfolk, VA 23510. Runners are encouraged to pick up early to avoid lines on race day. You may pick up packets for friends and family. Packet pickup is also available on race day in front of Blair Middle School 730 Spotswood Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 from 6:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.. See the Maps for directions to Running Etc. and race site.
At 7:30 in front of the showmobile, join Danielle Collinsworth, the NEON districts newest yogi and founder of Norfolk's up and coming yoga studio & coffee shop for a yummy stretch before you take off on a run. The yoga coffee concept was developed as Danielle wanted a space where the yoga community can grow on and off the mat. This community has already begun to flourish as the coffee shop plans to house local art and of course a yummy cup of joe! The mission is to create a space in which yogis, artists, entrepreneurs, athletes, and everyone in-between can collaborate and connect within the community.The space is plan to open in January of 2018. More details as to grand opening, and other yoga happenings can be found via the social media accounts: Sky's the Limit Yoga Co. and The Caffeinated Yogi Coffee Company.
Top three overall male and female 10K run and 10K walk winners and top three male and female runners in each age category will receive awards; 12 and under 13-15, 16-19, 20-24,25-29,30-34,35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. Age group winners receive a hand made mermaid award from local artists at Bridget's in Ghent and gift certificate from Running Etc. Kid's Fun Run participants will receive a souvenir finisher medal.
We'll be giving away random gifts from our vendors and sponsors in a raffle at the post race party. Stick around for your chance to win.
Race directed and managed by MettleEvents.com.
This race will benefit local charities LGBT Life Center, Tree of Lives, For Kids, EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center and Norfolk YMCA's.
Live Video Streaming:
ViewItDoIt will be providing live video streaming and recording services at the event start, finish and on course in the NEON district.Viewers will be able to to control the view of the camera all from the comfort of their mobile device. View it Do it strives to give everyone that front row seat. Find out more at View it Do it
A post race party will be held in the parking lot beside Blair Middle School. Food will be provided by Moe's Southwest Grill and YNot Pizza and locally crafted beer from O'Connor and Smartmouth Brewing Companies will be on tap. There will also be live music by the band Dirty Toys. The party continues all day throughout Ghent. Many restaurants and businesses will be offering specials throughout the day.
Bands on the Run:
There will be a band a mile on course keeping the runners engergized, plus live entertainment at the post race party. See the band lineup below.
STARTING LINE Spotswood Ave.
Andrew Paulson Baritone Praised for his “strong voice” and “convincingly authoritative character”, Andrew Paulson is an emerging baritone from Great Falls, VA. Upcoming engagements feature him as Jim in Opera Maine’s production of An American Dream, Bello in La Fanciulla del west, Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Virginia Opera. In addition, he will be touring with his wife, Soprano Abigail Rethwisch and the Utah Symphony as a part of the Great American Road Trip concert series.Andrew Paulson Baritone
BAND 1 22nd St at Palace Shops
Dack's Music Studio, LLC Andrew Dack has an assortment of finely developed skills specifically utilized for teaching music to students of all ages. He began violin at the age of five and has studied with a variety of teachers throughout his career. His Bachelor of Music, composition cum laude came from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010. During that time he also played for the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving under the direction of his violin teacher, Dr. Sergio Espinosa. Dack's Music Studio, LLC
BAND 2 GHENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Llewellyn & Shirley Ave.
BORIS AND NATASHA This new two-piece rock band hailing from Norfolk, Virginia is ready to rock your event… From the 50’s to today, BORIS AND NATASHA gets you tapping your feet, clapping your hands and dancing in the aisles. Front girl Mimsey Mack rocks her electric guitar, singing sweet melodies and sultry songs. Badass drummer, Vince DiRosa, drummer extraordinaire and backup vocalist harmonizes melodies and even brings out the harmonica tunes. From B.B. King to Third Eye Blind to The Ramones, BORIS AND NATASHA’s extensive setlist will satisfy the crowd. Contact Mimsey Mack at firstname.lastname@example.org
Boris and Natasha
BAND 3 HARRISON OPERAH HOUSE Virginia Beach Blvd & Llewellyn
Beach Floyd is a Virginia Beach based Pink Floyd tribute band focused on performing an authentic Floydian experience for all fans!
BAND 4 NEON DISTRICT Addison & Granby St.
Hailing from Newport News, Virginia, S.I.N.N. brings a refreshing style of thrash metal mixing the old and the new. This alone, allows them to stand out amongst the rest as a force to be reckoned with. The old trash and speed of Metallica and Motorhead mixed with the brutality of Revocation and Skeletonwitch is the perfect way to explain the wall of sound produced by S.i.N.N. The three piece band is made up of the monstrous drumming of Nate Ridenhour, thundering bass of Chris Smith and the charismatic enigma that is frontman and guitarist, Chad Bailey.
BAND 5 THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE Colley & Pembroke Ave.
“The Sinthetics are a High Energy band, Rocking the Hottest Synth Rock for audiences from the Eastern Shore to the Outer Banks.” Playing the best of the eighties and beyond.
POST RACE PARTY!
Virginia Beach's cover band Milk Crate Mafia (MCM) specializes in putting their own spin on well-known tunes... sometimes playing acoustic....sometimes full electric... Come on out to the party! And bring us a milk crate if you have one, we could use some more. Milk Crate MafiaMilk Crate Mafia on Youtube
Tell Us Your Story:
We all run for different reasons and we want to know what moves you. Please share your story of motivation, life change, lost love, comradery or just plain love for the sport. Please send your story to email@example.com The winner will be announced at the post race party and will receive a 6 month free membership to the YMCA of South Hampton Roads.