2018 Mel Williams Memorial Scholarship

(5K Walk & Run)

Tuesday July 31st, 2018

2018 Mel Williams Memorial Scholarship 5KAbout the Race

On July 31, 2018 enjoy a summer evening 5k Run or 5k Walk at the beautiful Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, VA.

The proceeds from this race support the Mel Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 2016 by the Tidewater Striders to fund a scholarship for graduate students and to honor the memory of former Strider and educator, Mel Williams.

As part of the Tidewater Striders Scholarship Program, each year the Fund may provide an award of up to $5,000 to a college or university student athlete based on academic and athletic achievement, community service, and club involvement. In the past 37 years, the Striders scholarship program has awarded more than $285,000 in one-year scholarships to deserving student athletes.

Race Contribution: A $20 contribution ($25 after 17 July) to the Scholarship Fund provides your race entry and one (1) raffle ticket for 50 great raffle prizes with a total value of more than $8,000. Contributions of $30, $40 or $50 ($35, $45, $55 after July 17th) get you three, five or twelve raffle tickets, respectively. Contributions of $75 or $100 ($80 or $105 after July 17th) yield 20 or 30 raffle tickets!

All pre-registrants through 17 July get three additional raffle tickets. After 17 July through 28 July, the minimum contribution is $25 and pre-registrants get two additional raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase on race day.

Note: A Norfolk Botanical Garden entry fee of $3 per person will be payable at the entry booth.

This race is sanctioned as a:

  • Grand Prix Event
  • Walk Grand Prix Event
  • HR Super Grand Prix Event

 

Mel Williams Memorial Scholarship 5kRace Information

Tuesday July 31st, 2018

Race Contribution

The minimum contribution of $20 ($25 After July 17th) gets you a race entry and 1 raffle ticket. Contributions of $30/35, $40/45 or $50/55 gets you three, five or twelve raffle tickets, respectively. Contributions of $75/80 or $100/105 yield 20 or 30 raffle tickets!

Golden Runners and Race Pass users may run for free, but must purchase raffle tickets to participate in the raffle.

Online processing fees apply

Proceeds benefit the Mel Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Registration

Online registration for this race is OPEN.

"RACE DAY" registration is open between 5pm and 10 minutes prior to your race.

Fluids & Foods

There will be Water stations along the course to provide much needed fluids during the race.

Time Limits

Registration - 5pm.

The 5k WALK starts at 6:05pm.

The 5k RUN will begin at 6:30pm

Drawing for Raffle Prizes begins at 7:15pm (Must be present to win).

Amenities

All registered runners will be eligible to partake in the post-race refereshments, music and significant raffle prizes

Course Map

The Mel Williams Memorial Scholarship 5k will run through the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Course Map (Subject to Change)

Location

Norfolk Botantical Garden

6700 Azalea Garden Rd

Norfolk, VA 23518

A parking fee of $3 per person will be payable at the entry booth.

Packet Pickup

Please pick up your race bib on race day July 31st near the starting line between 5PM and 6PM.

"RACE DAY" registration open between 5pm and 10 minutes prior to your race.

Awards/Results

No awards will be presented. This is a low overhead race with net proceeds going to the Scholarship Fund. The larger your contribution to the Scholarship Fund, the more raffle tickets you receive, and the better your chances of winning.

Results will be compiled and posted for Male/Female overall winners, and for age groups 1-8, 9-12, 13-19, and 5 year groups thereafter. Overall and age group winners will be recognized if time permits.

Post-Race Party and Raffle

A post-race party and Raffle will be held at the finish line with music, food and beverages

Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase on Race Day for 50 great raffle prizes with a total value of more than $8,000!!!

Beverages and pizza will be provided to all runners and volunteers.

Raffle will begin at 7:15PM (must be present to win).

Course Etiquette

Stay on the designated path of the course.

Numbers must be worn and visible on front of body at all times during the race.

Be courteous, there are other runners and walkers on the course.

Strollers are permitted.

No dogs are allowed to accompany runners.

Inclement Weather/National Security

The Race Director and the Tidewater Striders reserve the right to modify or cancel events as needed in the interest of safety or access restrictions to the venue.

No refunds can be given in the event of modification or cancellation.

Volunteers

Not running the 5K? Share in the fun and excitement by lending a helping hand. You will be rewarded with the post race party and the gratitude of all our racers.

Some of the following volunteer positions are available:

  • Runner Verification
  • Water Station workers
  • Course monitors
  • Finish Line Assistance
  • Course sweepers post race
  • After Party Help – to help serve refreshments

Volunteer individually, with a friend, or get a group together and come on out and have some fun!

Ready to volunteer? Contact Rob Levinsky at rob.levinsky@cox.net or Jim Dare at jamesdare2@cox.net

Mel Williams Memorial Scholarship 5kRace History

5K Run Winners (Male & Female)

(Click Column headers to sort)

Year Male Time ▲▼ Female Time ▲▼
2017 William Christian 15:28 Madeliene King 18:27
2016 Harrison Martingayle 16:20 Renee High 18:56
2015 Ryan Carroll 16:07 Octavia Rinehardt 18:34
2014 Justin Turner 15:29 Mollie Turner 18:13
2013 Ryan Foster 15:22 Renee High 17:39
2012 Caleb Doan 15:27 Katherine Mateus 17:50
2011 Jacob Secor 15:38 Octavia Rinehardt 17:37
2010 Ryan Carroll 15:40 Renee High 17:40
2009 Ryan Carroll 15:49 Natalie Sherbak 18:11
2008 Ryan Carroll 15:29 Aurora Scott 17:42
2007 Ryan Carroll 15:23 Aspen Foster 19:39

Mel Williams Memorial Scholarship 5kContact Us

Race Director:

Jim Dare
757.621.1993
jamesdare2@cox.net

2018 Mel Williams Memorial Scholarship 5KRaffle Prizes

Below is a link to the current list of Raffle Prizes available after the Race

A $20 contribution ($25 after 17 July) to the Scholarship Fund provides you a race entry and one (1) raffle ticket for 50 great raffle prizes with a total value of more than $8,000. Contributions of $30, $40 or $50 ($35, $45, $55 after July 17th) get you three, five or twelve raffle tickets, respectively. Contributions of $75 or $100 ($80 or $105 after July 17th) yield 20 or 30 raffle tickets!

All pre-registrants through 17 July get three additional raffle tickets. After 17 July through 28 July, the minimum contribution is $25 and pre-registrants get two additional raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase on race day.

We extend a very special thank you to ALL our sponsors who graciously donated prizes towards the Raffle and in turn helped support the Mel Williams Memorial Scholarship fund.

Event Raffle Prize List