BC to Host 5K Run for Elswick Scholarship
Bluefield College will host its Fifth Annual Jason Elswick Memorial Scholarship Challenge, Saturday, September 15, and when the athletes hit the road for the 5K run they’ll be sprinting for more than just awards and accolades. They’ll be running for scholarships and to preserve the memory of a local college student who lost his life before fulfilling his dream of becoming a teacher.
August 14, 2012
Elswick Scholarship 5K Challenge sponsors David (left) and Pam (right) Elswick with 2011 overall race winner Abdul Shattory of Rocky Gap, Virginia.
A Bluefield College junior from Tazewell, Virginia, majoring in math education, Jason Elswick died in October 2005 following a tragic car accident. In order to help students just like Jason fulfill their dream of becoming a teacher, his parents, David and Pam Elswick of Tazewell, along with family and friends, established the Jason Elswick Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The 5K Run at Bluefield College each fall is designed to support the scholarship fund and ultimately maintain Jason’s legacy on the BC campus, while providing vital financial aid for teacher education students.
“It is our desire that many students with the same goals and wonderful characteristics as Jason be helped through this scholarship,” said David and Pam Elswick. “It is also our wish that Jason’s memory live on through the lives of the students receiving the scholarship awards.”
This year’s 5K Run and Walk to support the Elswick Scholarship Fund will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of BC’s Dome Gymnasium, following pre-race registration from 7:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.
From the Dome in Bluefield, Virginia, runners will travel right onto Stadium Drive and then left onto College Avenue into Bluefield, West Virginia. They will then take a left onto Copley Avenue and left again onto Augusta Street, before going right onto Ferndell and then left back onto Stadium Drive. The race will conclude with runners passing through the Mitchell Stadium parking lot to Bowen Field, through the City Park loop, and then back to the Dome Gymnasium for the finish line.
Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female runners and the to three male and female walkers. In addition, medals will be presented to the top three male and female participants in each of the following age categories: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, and 65 and over.
Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the Elswick 5K by visiting the Bluefield College web site at www.bluefield.edu/elswick5k or by calling 276.326.4208. The cost to participate in the race is $20 before August 31 and $25 after August 31. In addition to the satisfaction of supporting the Elswick Scholarship Fund, all pre-registered participants will receive a souvenir race t-shirt, lunch, and admission to a Bluefield College football game later in the day.
“Last year’s race was a great success with more than 82 participants,” said Pam Elswick. “We hope to increase our numbers by having more than 100 runners and walkers this year. I speak for the entire Elswick family in that your support brings a heartfelt thank you in keeping Jason’s hopes and dreams alive for others.”
The 2012 5K Run will conclude with the traditional “Feast After the Race,” catered this year by Blackburn’s BBQ from Tazewell, Virginia, and designed to coincide with tailgate activity for BC’s football game against Faulkner University at 1 p.m. at Mitchell Stadium.
All pre-registered 5K participants get automatic admission to the “Feast” and to the Rams football game. Supporters who prefer not to run or walk in the race, but who still want to support the Elswick Scholarship may participate in the “Feast” by purchasing a lunch ticket. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. The lunch ticket also entitles supporters to admission to the BC-Faulkner football game. Additional tickets to the tailgate feast and/or football game may be purchased online at www.bluefield.edu/elswick5k or by calling 276.326.4208.
Friends who do not wish to run, walk or attend the “Feast” may still contribute to the scholarship fund and to the preservation of Jason’s memory by sending a gift to Bluefield College, c/o The Elswick Scholarship Challenge, 3000 College Drive, Bluefield, Virginia, 24605. Race sponsorships are available for a gift of $100 and include two tickets to the “Feast After the Race” and recognition on the official race t-shirt.
“There really are no words to express how grateful we are for all the hard work, kindness and generosity of everyone in supporting Jason’s scholarship,” said the Elswicks. “The scholarship exists because businesses and individuals came together to help create something good from such a tragedy. We love and miss our son very much and ask that you hold us in your heart and prayers and help us keep Jason’s loving and giving spirit alive.”
For more information about the 5K Challenge or the Elswick Scholarship Fund, contact Bluefield College by phone at 276.326.4208 or via e-mail at For convenient online registration, visit www.bluefield.edu/elswick5k.