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Dismal Swamp Stomp Running Festival

  • 1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA 23322
  • Phone: (757) 373-4174


The flat 13.1-mile asphalt course will take runners on a spectacular journey 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.

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 11:30am at the carved bear at the trail head and will finish across the half marathon finish line.

This year's live entertainment will consist of music by the band Milk Crate Mafia. Stick around for great post-race party with beer, music, food and awards. Post-race BBQ will be provided to all by Mobile Pignic Catering. All participants over 21 are invited to enjoy beer from Chesapeake’s favorite Big Ugly Brewery.

Registration Fees: Please note, there will be NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION

Half Marathon
   • $70.00 by March 1, 2020
   • $75.00 by April 2, 2020
   • $80.00 at the Expo

5K Run/Walk
   • $35.00 by March 1, 2020
   • $40.00 by April 2, 2020
   • $45.00 at the Expo

Children's Half-Mile Cub Run
   • $15.00 through the Expo

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This is a Virginia Green certified event. For more information on the Virginia Green program, please click here.


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Event Info

  • Dates: April 4, 2020
  • Location: Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
  • Address: 1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA 23322
  • Phone: (757) 373-4174
  • Time: 8:00 AM - Swamp Stomp; 8:15 AM - 5K; 11:30 AM- Cub Run
  • Price: Free to Spectators