1st Place Sports Distance Project

Running, Racing, Connecting

The goal of the 1st Place Sports Distance Project is to give each team member the best running experience possible, one that honors commitment, friendship, a positive attitude and celebrates running with a community of people who share a passion for the sport.

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What You Get!

  • Community of runners
  • Singlet or short sleeve technical shirt with Distance Project logo
  • 15% off in-store merchandise & 10% off electronics
  • Discounts at Sports Recovery Annex
  • Private Facebook Group for super fun team updates, meetup details, and more!
  • Monthly Sunday long run with a lead coach and sweeper coach
  • Access to trusted network of coaches for tips and advice
  • Socials
  • Membership pause for active duty service members on deployment
  • Members encouraged to get a JTC membership ($20 a year) to join us for weekly Wednesday track workout at Bolles
  • Pair of Swiftwick socks to New and returning members
  • Two free 15 min NormaTec Boot sessions or 1 free 30 min session a month at our Baymeadows location.
  • $5 off entry at 12 of the below races (all are Jacksonville Grand Prix events) Plus extra early bird specials:
    • Celebration 5K
    • Tour de Pain
    • RunJax Labor Day 5K
    • Beers and Brats 5k
    • Evergreen Pumpkin Run
    • Bailey’s Health and Fitness Mandarin Run
    • Community First Thanksgiving Distance Classic
    • Ameris Bank Jacksonville Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
    • Run Santa Run 5k
    • Evergreen St Paddy’s 10K & 5K
    • San Marco Wine & Chocolate Run
    • Run for the Pies

How to Join


  • Cost: $85 per year All memberships end June 30, 2024, so the price is prorated throughout the year.
  • Do you have questions? Email them to distanceprojectruns@gmail.com

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Meet the Coaches

Our coaches will be helping lead the Sunday long group runs. We will also occasionally have opportunities to ask specific coaches questions on our Facebook page. For more individualized coaching plans and 1 on 1 sessions, please reach out to one of the coaches below!

  • Raymond Colon

    Raymond holds both a BS and MS Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. He has provided nutrition education and coaching for over 5 years. As an endurance runner himself, he enjoys working with other runners wanting to excel in running with better nutrition. His coaching breaks down complicated nutrition principles so you can easily implement them into your training program. His goals are to fuel your nutrition so you can run faster, further, and without the dreaded “bonk.”

    Email: TalonNutrition@gmail.com
    Instagram: @raymondcolonnutrition
    Website: TalonNutrition.com



  • Stephen Cox

    Stephen is from Jacksonville, Florida and is a graduate of Bishop Kenny High School and Florida State University. He has a Level 1 coaching certificate from USATF. He has trained middle school, high school, and adult athletes for foot races ranging from the half-mile all the way to the marathon. Stephen has also qualified for the Boston Marathon three times.

    Email: stephen@1stplacesports.com


  • Jordon Garman

    Jordon Garman is an assistant cross country coach and running lab technician at Jacksonville University, where he also received his M.S. in Kinesiology in 2018. A USATF certified coach, he is passionate about coaching individuals of all experience levels. As a pupil of running and life, he enjoys applying the knowledge he has gained through education, academic research, and his own athletic training. He is a firm believer that a coach’s duty is to assist athletes in manifesting their own abilities. Allowing individuals to gain and maintain skills that transcend the sport itself,  he views running as the perfect medium for enhancing quality of life.

    Other academic qualifications: B.S. Nutrition & Dietetics w/ Public Health Minor, University of North Florida 2016

    Email: newsouthendurance@gmail.com


  • Coach Macca

    Chris McCaffrey, aka Coach Macca, grew up in Jacksonville, FL. Athletics took up most of his free time, soccer being his favorite sport. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from St. Leo University, he began to focus his resources on the sport of running. His debut in competitive racing started with a Turkey Trot 5k November 2010. Chris placed fourth overall with a time of 17:50. Two weeks later was his debut 10k, finishing the race with a time of 37:18 and third overall. He was immediately picked up by a local racing team and running specialty store, to join the team on a 200 mile relay from Miami to Key West. The team placed 1st Overall, setting a new course record that still stands today. The team averaged a 6:08 minute mile pace.

    After his running foundation was set, Chris earned himself several certifications. Personal Training with the International Sport Science Association. SPINNING Instructor with Mad Dogg Athletics. Selfmyofascial Release Technique Instructor with TriggerPoint Performance. Good Form Running Coach with Newton Running. Running Coach with USA Track & Field Level I and Road Runners Club of America.

    Chris has now been competitively racing Road Running Events for the past ten years. However, for the past seven years, he has also been a high level competitor in Multisport Events. June 2019, Chris finished his first 140.6 Ironman triathlon with a time under 11 hours.

    Other personal bests are listed below

    1mi – 4:38 (2018)

    5k – 15:29 (2019)

    Half Marathon – 1:10:56 (2018)

    Marathon – 2:34:36 (2018)

    Email: coaching@itzracing.com

  • Sean McCormack

    Sean enjoys helping others get better and reach their goals and potential. Giving back his knowledge and experience to the running community means a great deal and is very important to him. He is motivated by helping others, watching them improve, and sharing in their excitement. Competing as a distance runner helped build discipline and confidence that he has been able to draw upon in many aspects of his life.


    • Head Coach Georgia Southern Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Team – 1985-1986
    • RRCA Georgia Marathon Champion- winner Savannah Marathon – 1986
    • Three time U.S. Navy Marathon Champion – Blue Angel Marathon winner 1992-1994 (Course Record 2:22:45 1994)
    • Three time Jacksonville Marathon Champion – 1993(x2) January & December, 2004
    • USTAF Masters Outdoor Track Championship – Charlotte NC – Silver Medalist 5,000 & 10,000 meters-2006
    • USTAF Certified Level 1 Coach – 2010

    Personal Records:

    • 5k-14:42 -1986
    • 10k-30:21 -1986
    • 1/2 Marathon – 1:07:32-1985
    • Marathon – 2:22:10-1992

    Email: Seanmichaelmccormack@gmail.com

  • Lisa Thomas

    Lisa started training and distance running at the age of 40. In her first marathon, she ran 3:37 and qualified for the Boston Marathon. This early success during middle age was the inspiration to become a dedicated runner and coach. She has subsequently qualified for the Boston Marathon six times and has run over 15 Marathons which include Boston, NY, Chicago, and London. Her Marathon PR is 3:29 achieved at the age of 47.

    Although, she has enjoyed the lure of the marathon, her first love is Track.  She has participated in several Masters Competitions in the 800m, 1500m and the mile. At 43, as an age-group runner, she achieved her mile PR of 5:38 and kept that pace for the following 5 years.  A proud moment was when she received recognition as Florida’s 2nd Female Masters in the 2014 Gate River Run Championship. She has worked for 1st Place Sports and has been on the 1st Place Sports racing team since 2008.

    Lisa’s passion for running has motivated her to help others achieve their running goals through personal one-on-one coaching for the past 10 years. She enjoys developing first-time runners as well as female master runners. She has turned walkers into runners and Boston qualifiers into finishers. 

    Fun Fact: She was 1 of 2 female runners selected to model for the historic female river runner statute located on the Riverwalk in Jacksonville.

    USATF Level 1
    RRCA Certified
    Galloway Pacer

    Coaching Experience:
    2011 – present
    Coached beginner to advanced runners male/female
    Specific River Run Training
    1 Mile/5K/5Mile/10K/15K/10 mile/Half Marathon/Marathon Training

  • Joshua Smith

    Joshua Smith is a Physical Therapist who specializes in working with endurance athletes. He is Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and is USATF Level 1 Certified. With experience in treating musculoskeletal issues daily, he understands how to manage runners through injuries and how to help athletes better formulate their training to minimize the risk of injury.  He enjoys helping lead seminars regularly with his athletes to help educate and empower them.

    In addition to being a Physical Therapist, he is an avid runner for both long and short distances, as well as a local triathlete. Having had the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon twice (a lifelong goal of his), he enjoys helping other runners qualify and reach their personal goals as well.

    Email; JoshuaSmithPT8@gmail.com

    Instagram: Elite_Endurance_Physio

    Website; EliteEndurancePhysio.com

  • Dana O’Neill

    Dana is a Virginia native, but Florida is her home now. She comes from a military family.  Dana started running in 2015 and it has now become her passion. Dana was a smoker for almost 18 years and decided one day to trade in her cigarettes for running shoes, and hasn’t looked back. Dana Boston qualified in 2022 at the Ameris Bank Jacksonville Marathon.  Her new passion is to teach people how to live your longest healthiest life. She’s a certified personal trainer, and group fitness instructor.  She also has certifications in Health Coach, plant based nutritions, and meal prepping.

1st Place Sports Distance Project Sponsors


The 1st Place Sports Distance Project was founded by Ryann Lohman in 2021. She saw the need for an all inclusive race team in Jacksonville where like-minded people could come together to run, thus the creation of the Distance Project.