The Elswick 5k

The 10th Annual Jason Elswick Scholarship Challenge promotions are underway!

Last year's race was a great success and we hope to increase our numbers by having over 100 runners/walkers this year! Please know that your support keeps Jason's hopes and dreams alive for others.

Click the link below to get full details on last year's Ninth Annual Jason Elswick Scholarship Challenge or use the second button to register for this year's event. We hope to see you on September 16, 2017!

Jason's Story and the 5K History

Jason grew up in Tazewell, Virginia. His parents are David and Pam Elswick. Jason came to Bluefield College with goals of obtaining a bachelor's degree and a teaching licensure to be able to teach math as a public school teacher. Jason's goals were never lived out as he was tragically killed in a car wreck.

Left with a void in their hearts, David and Pam were searching for a way to keep Jason's loving and giving spirit alive. The best way they found to do so was to establish a scholarship in their son's name. They seek to help other students that share Jason's goals in finishing their college education in order to make a difference in the world they will enter.

To raise funds for this scholarship, a 5K walk/run was established to occur in the fall of each year. The first race was held in September 2008. Over 30 runners showed up for the first race. This year we are continuing the tradition with anticipations to see this event continue to grow in participants.

Past Scholarship Recipients

  • Nikki Alley of Tazewell, Virginia, '08
  • Brittney Gillespie of Tazewell, Virginia, '09
  • Tracy Muncy of Tazewell, Virginia, '10
  • Leah Elswick of Tazewell, Virginia, '11
  • Kyle Sheets of Tazewell, Virginia, '12
  • Kyle Sheets of Tazewell, Virginia, '13
  • Kyle Sheets of Tazewell, Virginia, '14
  • Rachel Cumbie of Chesapeake, Virginia, '15
  • Lora Sheets of Bastian, Virginia, '16

Race Information

Starting Location

  • Bluefield College Dome (3000 College Avenue, Bluefield, VA 24605)

Date and Time

  • September 16, 2017
  • Registration opens at 7:45 a.m. and closes at 8:25 a.m. sharp.
  • Race begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.


  • Before September 1: $20 – Guaranteed a t-shirt
  • After September 1: $25 – T-shirts will be available upon quantity ordered
  • No refunds.

The Course

The course will begin at the Bluefield College Dome. Runners will take a route up College Avenue, cut left onto Copley Avenue, and then turn right onto Ferndell Avenue. From Ferndell Avenue, runners will go down Stadium Drive, by the city tennis courts, around Bowen field, and through City Park. Runners will finish at the starting line back at the Bluefield College Dome.

Age Categories (Men and Women)

  • 14 and under
  • 15–19
  • 20–24
  • 25–29
  • 30–34
  • 35–39
  • 40–44
  • 45–49
  • 50–54
  • 55–59
  • 60–64
  • 65 and older
Contact Information

Chris Catron, Director of Development