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.
The 1st Place Sports Distance Project was founded by Jenny Hill and Ryann Lohman in 2021. They 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.
What You Get!
- Community of runners
- ASICS singlet or ASICS short sleeve technical shirt with Distance Project logo
- 15% off in-store merchandise & 10% off electronics
- Pair of Swiftwick Socks
- Discounts at Sports Recovery Annex
- Private Facebook Group for super fun team updates, meetup details, and more!
- JTC membership for Bolles track access. Click here for membership benefits.
- Regularly scheduled runs lead by our coaches
- Access to trusted network of coaches for tips and advice
- Team Monthly Mixer
- Membership pause for active duty service members on deployment
- $5 off entry at 10 of the below races (all are Jacksonville Grand Prix events) Plus extra early bird specials:
- Celebration 5K
- Tour de Pain
- RunJax Labor Day 5K
- Evergreen Pumpkin Run
- Bailey’s Health and Fitness Mandarin Run
- Community First Thanksgiving Distance Classic
- Ameris Bank Jacksonville Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
- Evergreen St Paddy’s 10K & 5K
- San Marco Wine & Chocolate Run
- Run for the Pies
- Cost: $150 per year (includes JTC membership-$20 discount taken at checkout if you already have a membership)
- Fill out a quick registration form to give us your contact info and tell us why you are joining the Distance Project!
- Do you have questions or want to try us out? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when the next Open House Sunday Run is!
Weekly Run Meet-ups
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 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.”
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.
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
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)
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
- 5k-14:42 -1986
- 10k-30:21 -1986
- 1/2 Marathon – 1:07:32-1985
- Marathon – 2:22:10-1992
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
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
Jeff Tomaszewski, retired from the United States Navy after a successful 25 year career. It was in 1996, while stationed at NAS Jacksonville that Jeff started running with 1st Place Sports. Over the years with countless duty stations and overseas deployments his passion for running and triathlons continued to grow all the while maintaining strong ties with 1st Place Sports and representing them at worldwide competitions. His dedication to endurance sports and competitive desire continues today in the elite masters division, with years of experience his achievements are validated through 28 Marathons (PR: 2:35:40), 12 Ironman Triathlons (PR: 9:34:00), and 4 Ultra Marathons. His understanding for balancing a career and personal life has been forged through many years of accepting the failures, learning from them and turning them into victories.
Fun fact, Jeff has run his age in miles every year on his St Patty’s Day Birthday. “The Jefferson Challenge” started when he turned 28 and continued with the completion of 46 miles (March 2021).
There are many philosophies, strategies and approaches towards developing as a runner. Jeff has always kept it simple, maintaining two key elements to his approach: consistency and a nutritional dietary plan. With these two elements the foundation of any plan is secure.
He continues to run smarter, faster and stronger.