VyStar Emerald Trail 5K and 10K Run/Walk

Duval County Courthouse - 501 West Adams Street

Saturday, September 28, 2024

5K & 10K run/walk starts at 8 AM

About this Race

The 4th Annual VyStar Emerald Trail 5K and 10K presented by JTC Running and 1st Place Sports will take runners, walkers and cyclists along the Northbank Riverwalk to Riverside Arts Market. 10K participants will continue over the new Shared Use Path (SUP) to San Marco. 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.The first trail segment to be built, the 1.3-mile LaVilla Link will open later this year!

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 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 through 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 900,000 members, over $13.5 billion in assets and over 2,000 employees, VyStar makes the communities it serves stronger by giving back – from revitalizing urban neighborhoods to supporting the military. In 2022, VyStar gave more than $4.8 million in community support to over 300 nonprofit organizations.

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.


About The Charity

Groundwork Jacksonville’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. Jacksonville is one of 21 Groundwork Trusts across the country focused on environmental equity, resilience and stewardship, and transforming the natural and built environment in low-resource and climate-vulnerable communities. Visit www.groundworkjacksonville.org or follow @GroundworkJax on social for more information.


Race Features

  • 5K and 10K Run/Walk – 7:30 AM
  • 5K and 10K Bike Ride for fun – 9:00 AM
  • Custom designed Emerald Trail shirts to all entrants
  • Custom designed medals to all finishers
  • Chip timing for run/walk
  • Live results
  • Pre and post-race activities

Start and Finish

Starts and finishes on Pearl Street near the intersection of Adams Street.

The 5K and 10K run/walk will start at 7:30 AM.

The bike 5K and 10K ride will start at 9:00 AM. This is a fun ride and is meant to be a tour of the riverfront.  This event is perfect for a family fun ride.


Entry Fees

5K, 10K & BikeUnder 13 & over 65
Early Bird pricing through July 31st$30.00$20.00
August 1st-August 31st$35.00$25.00
September 1st-Sept. 29th$40.00$30.00
Day of Event Registration$50.00$40.00

Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds or transfers!

Register Now!

Online Registration:

» Click Here to Register Online

In person:

You can register at any of our 1st Place Sports stores on our instore computers.


Free street parking and paid garage parking is available.  If you park on the streets near the courthouse, 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

Race Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be Friday, September 29th from 10 AM until 5 PM at the following locations:
1st Place Sports – 3931 Baymeadows Road
1st Place Sports- 2018 San Marco Blvd
1st Place Sports – 424 South 3rd St. Jacksonville Beach
VyStar –  182 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park Branch
VyStar – 4220 Wabash Ave, Ortega Branch

Race Day – Starts at 6 AM  at Duval Country Courthouse

Race Instructions


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.


10K Run Awards – Top male and female overall, top masters male & female and 3 deep in the following age divisions: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70 and over

5K Run awards will be presented to the top man and woman overall, and the top two finishers 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+

Run awards ceremony

5K awards ceremony starts at 8:30 AM

10K awards ceremony starts at 8:45 AM or right after the competition of the 5K awards.

Custom finisher medals for all participants!


5K and 10K course Mile

The 5K will turn around just before Riverside Avenue on the Northbank Riverwalk. The 10K will cross the Fuller Warren Bridge using the Shared Use Path (SUP) going and out and back into San Marco along River Road.



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