1st Place Sports Running | Jacksonville Marine Coprs Half Marathon and Freedom 5K

Jacksonville Marine CoRPs 1/2 Marathon & Freedom 5K

Saturday, October 6, 2012

All branches of the United States military, led by the Marines and supported by our corporate and civic community, have come together in a spirit of partiotism and national unity to present the Jacksonville Marine Corps Half Marathon and Freedom 5K Run.


  5K 1/2 Marathon
Until August 31st $20 $45
September 1st - October 5th $25 $50
Day of Race $30 $55

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On paper or in person:

You can register at any of our 1st Place Sports stores on our instore computers, or you can mail in a completed entry form to our Race Office: 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, Fl 32217. Make checks payable to 1st Place Sports Running Club.

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Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!


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Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at the following 1st Place Sports locations on Thursday, October 4th and Friday, October 5th from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Please be sure to mark your pickup location on your entry form! If you do not indicate a location, your packet will automatically be at the Baymeadows Store location. All packets will be moved to the race site for raceday pick up beginning at 5:30 AM.

Baymeadows Store: 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jax, FL 32217
San Marco Store: 2016 San Marco Blvd., Jax, FL 32207
Town Center Store: 4870 Big Island Dr., Jax, FL 32246
Jax Beach Store: 424 S. 3rd Street, Jax Beach, FL 32250
Orange Park Store: 2186 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073

Race Timing

The race will be timed using Single Use Souvenir Chips this year. This is the chip you will receive when you pick up your race packet. You must wear this chip on your shoe to be included in the results. All finishers will receie a net and gun time. You may not wear personal chips for this race!


1/2 Marathon Awards: $500, $300, and $200 will be paid to the top three men and women overall. $100 to the first place masters male and female. Awards will also be presented to the first three finishers in each of the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. The 1/2 Marathon awards will be presented at 10:00 AM at the stage in Metropolitan Park.

5K Awards: Top three men and women overall and to the 1st Place Masters Male and Female. Team awards to the top High School Cross Country and ROTC. 5K awards presented at the stage starting at 8:30 AM.

Challenged Athletes Awards: 1st and 2nd place to the top two males and females in the Wheelchair and in the Prosthetics divisions.

Medals to all 1/2 Marathons and 5K Finishers!


The Jacksonville Marine Corps 1/2 Marathon and Freedom 5K are both USATF Certified Courses. There will be mile markers with digital clocks located at each mile mark. All turns wil be clearly marked with large turn signs. Most turns and intersections will be monitored by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office or the Marines. Water stations will be located every two miles in the 1/2 Marathon and at the 1/2 point in the 5K. A gel staton will be located at the 10 mile mark.

The Start: The 1/2 Marathon and 5K will start together at 7:00 AM on Bay Street at the entrance to Metropolitan Park. Day of race packet pickup and registratin will be located at teh Metropolitan Park entrance. The 1/2 marathon and 5K will run together for about one mile and then split at Newnan Street. There will be a men and women's Challenged Athletes division for both events.

The Finish: Both races will finish inside Metropolitan Park under crossed USMC 155mm howitzers. You will enter the park by the field gate located on the east end of the park. There is a 3.5 hour course limit for the 1/2 Marathon.

Course Maps:

» Click here to view the Half Marathon Course

» Click here to view the Freedom 5K Course

Directions to the Race Site

Metropolitan Park is located directly across Gator Bowl Blvd. from EverBank Field. From the South: Take Interstate 95 to Jacksonville and take the downtown exits. Take the Main Street Bridge exit. Cross the Main Street Bridge and take the first right as you head down the bridge. At the stop sign turn left on Newnan Street. At the first traffic light turn right on Bay Street. Metropolitan Park is located 1.3 miles on your right. From the North: Take Interstate 95 to Jacksonville and exit on Martin Luther King Parkway (US 1) about 3 miles north of downtown. Take the parkway south 4 miles to EverBank Field.

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Parking will be available at EverBank Field and at Metropolitan Park.

Team Registration

There will be team competition in the Freedom 5K only for Cross Country and NJROTC teams. There will be first place awards presented. Each team can have up to seven members, with the first four counting in the scoring. The cost to enter a team is $70.00. All team members must sign up as teams and individually.

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