Salute to Veterans Run

Jacksonville Naval Museum, 400 E Bay St

Saturday, November 12, 2022

5K at 8:00 AM | 1 Mile Fun Run & Patriotic Paws Parade at 8:45 AM

Social Distancing Guidelines

Social distance guidelines will be in place.  More details will be in the race instructions.

Join Us!

The Salute to Veterans Run (S2VR) Run/Walk has become a Jacksonville time honored tradition and longest running Veterans Day 5K in Jacksonville with this being the 10th year.  The legacy of the S2VR has positioned itself as the premier event for the City of Jacksonville’s “Week of Valor.” 

The 5K takes the runners around the Sports Complex area and through parts of downtown Jacksonville;  This race Salutes all Veterans with a unique start, by displaying the flags of all branches of the military services and singing a verse to each of branch service song.  Additionally, there will be prize drawings for all runners after the race and separate placing and team prizes awarded to Veterans and Active Military personnel making this truly a “Salute to Veterans” event!

All registered participants will get free entry to the Jacksonville Naval Museum and their US Navy Cold War Experience: the historic World War II built destroyer, USS ORLECK! For more information regarding the museum, please visit: Participants will have up to one year to use their bib for entry into the museum.

The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) and Salute to Veterans Run are proud to announce their new title sponsor as VyStar Credit Union. The Salute to Veterans Run team couldn’t be happier with having a great community supporter and ambassador like VyStar to partner with! We can not thank them enough!


To Benefit

The race primarily benefits two great causes that are near and dear to the City of Jacksonville community and their active military and veteran’s groups: Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) and K9s for Warriors. For the past 11 years, the JHNSA has worked toward the goal of bringing a retired Naval Warship to Jacksonville to become the first US Navy Warship Museum in Florida! K9s for Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our Warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and other similar injuries. Their goal is to empower Warriors to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.

Entry Fees

5K5K Military, 5K Military Team Members, 5K Seniors 65+, 5K Children 13 and Under, 1 Mile Fun Run, Patriotic Paws Parade
Until August 31st$30$25
September 1 - September 30th$35$25
October 1st - October 31st$40$25
November 1st - November 11th$45$25
Day of Race$50$25

Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds or entry transfers!



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.

Register Now!


» Click Here to Register Online

Online registration closes early. After online registration closes, you can still register in any 1st Place Sports store or on Race day.

In person:

You can register at any of our 1st Place Sports stores on our instore computers with no processing fee.

Patriotic Paws Parade

This is the 6th Annual 1-mile event — Bring your dressed-up pups! Some of the cutest Patriotic Paws participants will be recognized and have pictures posted on social media!

All dogs will receive a Patriotic Paw Parade Bandana for their dog! There will be prizes to the top three most patriotic pups!

Paw Parade Point of Contact: Brandi Jancuk
Contact Email Address:

Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at your selected 1st Place Sports location on Thursday, November 10th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Friday, November 11th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. All packets will be moved to the race site for raceday pick up beginning an hour before the race.

Baymeadows Store: 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jax, FL 32217
San Marco Store: 2018 San Marco Blvd., Jax, FL 32207


Top placing male & female overall and male & female military veteran will receive $250 prize. Plaques will be awarded to top 3 overall male & female and top 3 male & female military veteran. Additional plaques will be awarded to male & female age groups.

Additionally, plaques to the top 3 “Most Patriotic Pups” with doggy goodie bags.

Shirts & Medals

Each participant will receive a Salute to Veterans Run shirt! This year’s medal & shirt theme is for the US Army! Go Army!

Post Race Celebration

If you attend post-race activities, you must wear a mask at all times.  Please try to maintain your social distance.

Volunteers and Sponsor Opportunities

For general race information and questions, race sponsorship, and support opportunities, email the Race Director Justin Weakland at