Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
4
The Gate River Run, now in its 44th year, is brought to you each year by JTC Running, a non-profit organization dedicated to running and physical fitness in Northeast Florida since 1975. The Club’s philanthropy includes summer running camp scholarships for high school students, a series of free track meets … MORE
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    peacockrunner FIRST-TIMER '21

    The bridges were the highlight of the race course (challenging & beautiful) but most of the course was attractive. Running through nice neighborhoods was tons of fun, the residents were … MORE

    The bridges were the highlight of the race course (challenging & beautiful) but most of the course was attractive. Running through nice neighborhoods was tons of fun, the residents were out cheering on the runners and offering so many treats from snacks to refreshments to cocktails and great music! The atmosphere was full of excitement and it was sgreat fun to end at the stadium!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    wortholomew REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The Gate River Run 15K is an outstanding event, drawing something like 20,000 people to Jacksonville, FL for 9.3 miles of awesome -- whether you're running for a championship or … MORE

    The Gate River Run 15K is an outstanding event, drawing something like 20,000 people to Jacksonville, FL for 9.3 miles of awesome — whether you’re running for a championship or a party.

    “A championship?” you might ask.

    Indeed. The Gate River Run has been the USATF’s 15K national championship and is a great opportunity to share a race course with elite runners. That being said, most of us are here for the party.

    The race starts and ends around the football stadium, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. There are two big climbs in the races — the Main Street Bridge (2nd mile) and the Hart Bridge (the Green Monster; 8th mile); otherwise, the course is mostly tame and beautiful, making its way through several neighborhoods.

    Speaking of those neighborhoods, the people of Jacksonville really come out along the course. There’s an electricity in the air on race day, and folks are out offering high fives, fist bumps, drinks, doughnuts, and snacks. Add in bands and djs along the course, and it really is a big party. There’s another one waiting for runners at the finish; after collecting the finisher’s medal and water, runners can enjoy beer, chocolate milk, and more.

    Whatever you’re looking for, add the Gate River Run 15K to your racing calendar.

    * Yes, it’s March, and it might be cool getting over to the starting corrals (where there are lots of portable toilets), but odds are good that Jacksonville Sun will turn up the heat. Some parts of the course provide some shade, and residents may turn on sprinklers if it’s really hot. However, be prepared for heat and sun.

    * All runners receive a finisher’s medal (and a pint glass at the expo). The top 10% of men and women earn hats.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    I.Ran.That FIRST-TIMER '15

    Race started after 8:30 and it was super hot outside. The mob of runners never thinned out. Lots of folks walking in groups so was tricky and in some place … MORE

    Race started after 8:30 and it was super hot outside. The mob of runners never thinned out. Lots of folks walking in groups so was tricky and in some place impossible to pass. Cost me 2 minutes pace in the first mile alone. Plenty of water stations. View was nice over bridges and through upscale neighborhoods. Race finished in the parking lot and required a mileish walk from finish line to post “party” and meet-up. No shade. Too hot. Line to get in to party. Couldn’t tell you about the food because I never found it. Walked away with a bottle of water and my finsiher’s medal. Another mile of shadeless walking to parking and then hour plus weight in traffic to get out of Jacksonville. City detour signage for road closures was basically nonexistent. I would not do this race again.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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