About this Race
The 2nd annual VyStar Emerald Trail 5K presented by JTC Running and 1st Place Sports will take runners, walkers and cyclists through beautiful Springfield and offer an up-close look at multiple points of interest along the future S-Line Connector and Hogans Creek segments of the Emerald Trail. All proceeds from this event benefit Groundwork Jacksonville, the City’s nonprofit partner in building the Emerald Trail and restoring McCoys Creek and Hogans Creek.
The Emerald Trail is a 30-mile urban trail and linear park system that will connect 14 historic neighborhoods to downtown, the St. Johns River, McCoys Creek and Hogans Creek. It will link 16 schools, two colleges and 21 parks among other destinations like cafes, shops, festivals, and events.
As Jacksonville’s signature recreational amenity, the Emerald Trail will be the place where people of all ages, races, cultures and walks of life come together to run, walk, ride and connect with nature and with one another. Learn more at www.groundworkjacksonville.org< or follow @GroundworkJax.
About The Title Sponsor
Headquartered in Jacksonville, VyStar is a not-for-profit, member-owned credit union serving anyone who lives or works within its service areas stretching from Central Florida to Southern Georgia. VyStar offers a full range of banking and loan services for individuals, families, and businesses, along with an array of services that includes investments, insurance, retirement planning and financial counseling to help members reach their financial goals.
With more than $12 billion in assets, 775,000 members and 1,900 employees, VyStar makes the communities it serves stronger by giving back – from revitalizing urban neighborhoods to supporting our military and investing more than $3 million to 200-plus nonprofit organizations in 2020.
About The Presenting Sponsor
Established in 1975, JTC Running is North Florida’s premier track club. JTC is dedicated to promoting health and fitness through running and walking. Helping build and maintain running trails is a priority for the club. That is why we are proud to underwrite all race expenses to ensure that 100% of entry fees and sponsorships support Groundwork Jacksonville and its efforts to build the Emerald Trail. For more information about JTC Running please click HERE.
Groundwork Jacksonville is one of 21 Groundwork USA trusts in the country and the only trust in Florida.
Groundwork’s mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.
Learn more at GroundworkJacksonville.org or follow @GroundworkJax
- 5K Bike Ride for fun – 7:30 AM
- 5K Run/Walk – 8:00 AM
- Custom designed Emerald Trail 5K shirts to all entrants
- Custom designed medals to all finishers
- Chip timing for run/walk
- Live results
Staying Safe - Social Distancing Guidelines
We will follow CDC guidelines that are in place at the time of the event. Please be aware that the pandemic is not over and the Delta Variant is creating a surge in Covid cases in our area. Wave starts will be used. Masks will be required at packet pickup and around the start, finish, and post-race areas. Updated guidelines will be included in your race instructions.
Start and Finish
Starts and finishes at Andrew A. Robinson Elementary School, 101 W 12th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206
The bike ride portion of the race will start at 7:30 AM. This is a fun ride and is designed to be a tour of the Emerald Trail. This event is perfect for a family fun ride.
The 5K run/walk will start at 8:00 AM.
|5K & Bike||Under 13 & over 65|
|Early Bird pricing through September 18th||$30.00||$20|
|September 19th-October 17th||$35.00||$25|
|October 18th-October 22||$40.00||$30|
|Day of Event Registraiton||$50||$40|
Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds or transfers!
You can register at any of our 1st Place Sports stores on our instore computers.
Limited parking will be available at the school. If you park on the streets near the school, please do not park on the streets used for the race. Additional parking information will be included in the race instruction email that will be sent to participants prior to the event.
Packet pickup will be at held at your selected 1st Place Sports location on Thursday, October 21st from 10 AM until 6 PM and on Friday, October 22nd from 10 AM until 5 PM. Unclaimed packets will be available at starting area one hour before race start time.
Pre race pickup at 1st Place Sports
- 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville 32217
- 2018 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville 32207
- 9824 Tapestry Park Circle, Jacksonville 32246
- 424 South Third Street, Jax Beach 32250
- 2220 CR 210 W., St Johns, FL 32259
Race Day pickup – at Race Site
RACE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU.
You will receive race instructions the week of the event. These will include your assigned race bib number and your selected pickup location where you will need to pick up your race packet. The email will also contain updated information for the event including parking instructions. Be sure that our 1st Place Sports emails are not going to your junk folder to ensure that you receive this important email.
5K Run awards will be presented to the top man and woman overall, and the top three in each of the following male and female age groups: 10 & under, 11-13, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.
Awards ceremony will be held at 9 AM near the finish line.
Custom finisher medals for all participants!
The run/walk and bike ride will start at Andrew A. Robinson Elementary School and will run a course out to Klutho Park and back along roads and a portion of the Emerald Trail.