41st - Elizabeth River Run

(10K & Mile Races)

Saturday May 23rd, 2020


Elizabeth River RunAbout the Race

The Elizabeth River Run is a USATF Certified, FLAT & FAST course with spectacular views of the Elizabeth River. Enjoy the sights & sounds of the riverfront while running through picturesque Olde Towne Portsmouth and along the Sea wall. (New) Course Start and Finish for both 10K & Mile is directly behind the Portsmouth Pavilion on Wavy Street.

NEW this year, the Tidewater Striders will be partitioning with "Virginia Fallen Heroes" to raise money for the families of our Local Fallen Heroes, we will be donating portions of this year's race to the Families of the Fallen. So please join us this Memorial Day Weekend and help give back to those who sacrificed everything for Our Freedom.

This race is sanctioned as a:

  • Grand Prix Event
  • Youth Grand Prix Event
  • Hampton Roads Super Grand Prix Event
  • Walk Grand Prix Event
  • Golden Runner Event

Event Flyer


ELIZABETH RIVER RUN 10K & MileRace Information

Saturday May 23rd, 2020

Entry Fee

$30-$45 for the 10K depending on date of registration; the Mile is $15-$25.

TWO price increase dates: April 15th and May 10th.

Club Members receive a club discount off these prices - JOIN TODAY and save money on ERR and future Strider events to include the Summer Series!

In addition Tidewater Strider Golden Runner members can use a GR promo code to get the best pricing. Look for the GR promo code in your email.

NEW THIS YEAR...ELITER Registration!!!

If you qualify with times listed below please contact Race Director Thomas Hicks

(Time has to have been run after Jan 1st 2019)

OPEN Male Sub 31 Minutes

OPEN Female Sub 37 minutes

MASTER Male Sub 37 minutes

MASTER Female Sub 42 minutes

Proceeds benefit the Portsmouth Children's Museum and the running community.


Online registration for this race is now OPEN.

Fluids & Foods

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

Time Limits

The WAVY Mile run starts at 9:00 AM with an end time of 10 AM.

BOTH the Elizabeth River Run 10K Run and Elizabeth River Run Racewalk 10K begin at 7:30 AM with an end time of 11 AM.


All registered runners will receive a quality shirt.

All finishers will receive a Finisher’s award at the finish line.

The Paparazzi are on the race course. Be in perfect stride and SMILE when you see them.

Course Map

The Elizabeth River 10K Run weaves thru the streets of Olde Towne Portsmouth and along the beautiful riverfront. This is a STROLLER friendly race!

Course Map

Course Map


Portsmouth Pavilion

16 Crawford Cir

Portsmouths, VA 23704

From the EAST take I-264 West through the Downtown Tunnel, take Exit 7 as you exit the tunnel, bearing right to Bart St.

From the WEST: Take I-264 East, take Exit 7B to Pavilion Drive.

No parking fees on the weekend and 1800 spaces within a couple blocks of the Pavilion.

Packet Pickup

To avoid the race day rush, please pick up your race packet on Friday, May 22nd at Running Etc. Regency Hilltop between 3PM and 7PM.

It is recommended that runners pick up their race packet on Friday evening!

Alternatively, you may pick up your race packet on race day morning from 6:30AM-7:15AM at the back of the Portsmouth Pavilion.


The following awards will be presented to the First Three Male and Female finishers for the following Age groups...

  • Age 19 & Under
  • Age 20 - 24
  • Age 25 - 29
  • Age 30 - 34
  • Age 35 - 39
  • Age 40 - 44
  • Age 45 - 49
  • Age 50 - 54
  • Age 55 - 59
  • Age 60 - 64
  • Age 65 - 69
  • Age 70+
    As well as...
  • Top Three Overall Runners (Male and Female)
  • Top Three Masters Runners (Male and Female)
  • Top FIVE Overall Walkers (Male and Female)
  • Youth age Group for Mile
  • TEAM Competition All Clubs and Groups welcome. Award for 1st Place Team. Contact Thomas Hicks if interested.
  • All finishers will receive a Finisher’s award at the race finish line.
  • NEW this year... PRIZE MONEY!!!
  • 1st Place Male & Female Overall ...$500

    2nd Place Male & Female Overall ...$250

    3rd Place Male & Female Overall ...$125

    1st Place Male & Female Masters ...$125

  • !!!BONUS!!! An EXTRA $250 to the Male and Female who break the COURSE RECORD
  • Male Record Holder: Steve Pinard 28:31 in 1986

    Female Record Holder: Viki Mitchell 34:01 in 1993

Last, but not least, a BIG Thank you to Running Etc. for donating GIFT CERTIFICATES to the...

  • TOP 3 OVERALL Runners (Male/Female)
  • TOP 3 MASTERS Runners (Male/Female)
Running Etc.

Post-Race Party

A post-race party and awards ceremony will be held at the back of the Portsmouth Pavilion with music, food and beverages.

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

Awards will be presented about 10:30AM.

Event Photos

  • Photographers will be on the course. Be prepared to SMILE!

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.


Not running the 10K? Share in the fun and excitement by lending a helping hand. You will be rewarded a shirt, 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 Thomas Hicks at orangerunning@yahoo.com -OR- go to the VOLUNTEER LINK

Elizabeth River Run 10K & MileRace History

10K Run Winners

(Click Column headers to sort)

Year Male Time ▲▼ Female Time ▲▼
1979 Barry Heath 31:39 Juanita Etheridge 39:02
1980 Cletus Griffin 31:46 Carolyn Fellowes 39:21
1981 David McDonald 30:01 Juanita Etheridge (2) 36:08
1982 David McDonald (2) 30:04 Juanita Etheridge (3) 36:55
1983 Adrian Leek 29:36 Nancy Mieszczak 34:41
1984 David McDonald (3) 30:03 Mary Baumgarten 36:13
1985 Steve Pinard 29:38 Maria Daniel 34:37
1986 Steve Pinard (2) 28:31 Maria Daniel (2) 34:16
1987 Walt Adams 30:08 Inge Schuurmann (2) 34:56
1988 Gordon Christie 29:13 Inge Schuurmann 34:13
1989 Walt Adams (2) 30:28 Inge Schuurmann (3) 34:11
1990 Ken Frenette 30:35 Lorraine Hochella 35:35
1991 Gary Westgate 29:29 Maria Pazarentzos 34:59
1992 Dan Hostager 29:57 Vicki Mitchell 34:36
1993 Tim Covington 31:36 Vicki Mitchell (2) 34:01
1994 Terrance Herrington 30:52 Susan Molloy 35:54
1995 Terrance Herrington (2) 30:21 Pam Runquist 36:38
1996 Bart Sellers 30:42 Elizabeth Andrews 38:08
1997 Walt Adams (3) 32:50 Jacinda Raiche 39:53
1998 Tommy Holland 31:44 Janet Boldrey 36:48
1999 Robert Hinkle 31:25 Leslie Fedon 36:36
2000 Robert Hinkle (2) 33:01 Kendall Tata 39:34
2001 Dai Roberts 32:53 Marie Knight 40:19
2002 Greg Wenneborg 32:53 Lory Gray 38:27
2003 Dai Roberts (2) 31:53 Aurora Scott 37:51
2005 Patrick Rotich 31:22 Aurora Scott (2) 35:03
2006 Ryan Carroll 33:15 Renee High 38:02
2007 Ryan Carroll (2) 32:48 Linda Sawvell 38:59
2008 Ryan Carroll (3) 32:04 Aurora Scott (3) 37:35
2009 Ryan Carroll (4) 32:41 Laura Shannon 41:22
2010 Ryan Carroll (5) 32:34 Renee High (2) 37:34
2011 Ryan Carroll (6) 32:55 Mollie Turner 40:37
2012 Ryan Carroll (7) 33:19 Renee High (3) 38:20
2013 Evan Gates 32:27 Renee High (4) 35:34
2014 Evan Gates (2) 31:22 Stephanie Frenchik 37:05
2015 * Philemon Kimutai 5.7K Octavia Rinehardt 5.7K
2016 Blaine O'Reilly 34:31 Renee High (5) 38:46
2017 Evan Gates (3) 31:49 Stephanie Manny 40:25
2018 Evan Gates (4) 33:26 Liz Reynolds 39:42
2019 Roger Hopper 34:39 Stephanie Rice 40:26

* Due to an unexpected helicopter landing the loop around the helicopter pad was removed from the race, shortening the distance by .5 miles.

Elizabeth River RunKContact Us

Race Director:

Thomas Hicks