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.
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, For Kids, Ronald McDonald House, EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center and Blocker Family YMCA.
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.
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.