Dismal Swamp Half Marathon

Dismal Swamp Stomp Running Festival - April 6, 2019

Can't get enough of running? Neither can we. Chesapeake was made for endurance running with its flat topography and beautiful scenery. That's why thousands trek to Chesapeake each spring for the Dismal Swamp Stomp. This unique half marathon attracts runners from across the globe for a 13.1-mile romp along the scenic Dismal Swamp Canal Trail.

The closed, paved course is a fast and flat, out-and-back run. The winding course runs parallel to the historic Dismal Swamp Canal and borders the 112,000-acre Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for more than 200 species of birds and an abundance of wildlife.

Need more motivation to lace up your running shoes? Cash prizes are awarded to the top five male and top five female athletes. Race organizers also recognize the top three male and female runners from age groups 12 to 75. This rain or shine event is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field, chip timed and limited to 2,500 registered runners. Post-race activities include local entertainment, snacks and beverages for participants.

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 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 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. 

Back this year is the 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.

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