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 Tidewater 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 1/1/16, $45 1/2/16-8/02/16, $50 8/2/16-8/23/16 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 $10, and includes: race number, and souvenir finisher medal. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email on Wednesday October 7th. See the Registration page to get registered.
Best of Norfolk Series:
This year Mettle Events is offering a special three race Best of Norfolk Challenge Series. The races consist of Heart of Ghent 10K on Sept 24, Wards Corner 10K on October 8 and the Tacky Sweater 5K on December 10. Register for all three events and receive discounted entry, custom series finisher medal and be 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.
New this year! 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 to 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 23, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 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.
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 ACCESS AIDS Care, Compassion Advocacy Network, For Kids, Ronald McDonald House, 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.
Stefan Michael Barner Tenor Stefan is a “vocal standout, with a vibrancy of tone and an exciting delivery that serve notice that he is a gifted lyric tenor with a big future ahead.” Stefan will be sining the National Anthem at the start of the race.Stefan Michael Barner
BAND 1 GHENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Llewellyn & Shirley Ave.
Ed Kelleher Band was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. During his 25 years as an active musician, he has played hundreds of gigs, whether it was with his band or as a solo act. Throughout the years, Ed has become a local fixture among the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Bars and Cafes. His main influences include ZZ Top, Aerosmith, R.E.M. Ed Kelleher Band
BAND 2 HARRISON OPERAH HOUSE north driveway
School of Rock House Band Norfolk students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun. School of Rock Norfolk
BAND 3 NEON DISTRICT Wilson & 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 4 TIDEWATER PHYSICAL THERAPY Brambleton Ave.
ENAMITY friendship. the fuzzy feeling of intoxication when you find yourself in a sea of people all awash with love for each other. Fans of the newcomers from Newport News rave about the grungy sound, and about the velvety lead vocals.
BAND 5 THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE Colley & Pembroke Ave.
DJ Additude, is based out of Chesapeake, VA I have played in different Venues and also overseas weekly at the Hard Rock Cafe. In the moment DJ services is all about creating those memorable moments for any occasion we service. In the Moment DJ Services
POST RACE PARTY!
With members hailing from the far corners of the universe...party rock n roll band ...Dirty Toys... was formed in the Hampton Roads area with Eddie Cain ripping notes on the guitar...Kevin Moore conducting beats behind the drum kit...Chris Vann grooving on the bass...and master of ceremonies George K leading the carnival on vocals! Dirty Toys is notoriously known for their high-energy shows, crowd participation, and the infamous sexy shoe contest. dirty toys guarantees a great time for everyone!! Set list includes songs from every rock era...punk, classic, modern, alternative, original, and many more solid gold hits! Making sure you will be singing or out on the dance floor! Always professional! Always a great show! http://www.facebook.com/dirtytoyshttps://www.youtube.com/user/dirtytoysrock
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.