Jason Elswick Scholarship Challenge

The 8th 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 your support keeps Jason's hopes and dreams alive for others. Registration is open and we hope to see you on September 19, 2015!

Mark Hipes
Race Coordinator


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 runners.

Past 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

2015 Race Information

Starting Location
  • Bluefield College Golden Dome (3000 College Avenue, Bluefield, VA 24605)

Date and Time
  • September 19, 2015
  • Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 8:25 a.m. sharp.
  • Race begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

  • Before September 1: $20
  • After September 1: $25
  • No refunds will be given.
  • All preregistered participants are guaranteed a t-shirt.

The Course

Course Description

The course will begin at the Bluefield College Golden 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 Golden 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


In consideration of the acceptance of this entry, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, release and discharge Jason Elswick Scholarship Challenge, Bluefield College, The Town Of Bluefield, Virginia, or City Of Bluefield, West Virginia, sponsors, their representatives and successors, promoters, managers, directors, officials, agents, employees and volunteers, from any and all claims of injury, or liabilities of any kind, illness or damages suffered by me, or from the participation of the minor for whom I am signing for, as a result of participating in, or traveling to this event. I know that running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running this event, including, but not limited to, falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather (including high heat or humidity), traffic and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. I realize that this is a strenuous event which requires proper physical conditions. I hereby certify that I am in such physical condition and good health. I also give my permission for the free use of my name and picture in any written account, broadcast or telecast of this event for any legitimate purpose.

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