JTC Running Summer Beach Run

Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion

Saturday, August 24, 2024

5 Mile and 5K at 6:00 PM | 1 Mile at 6:05 PM

About the Race

The Summer Beach Run consists of a 5 mile, 5K and one mile run/walk.  The 5K will start with the 5 mile and will turn around at the 1.55 mile point of the race.  Medals will be given to all 5 Mile, 5K and One Mile finishers.  There will not be awards for the 5K.


Start Times

5 Mile and 5K – 6:00 PM

One mile – 6:05 PM

Race Features


  •  5 mile, 5K and one mile events
  • Prize money to overall winners in 5 mile
  • Colorful running technical tank tops
  • Large custom finisher medal
  • Beer and Pizza Party after race
  • Live band
  • Free beer
  • 5 Mile is the Jacksonville Grand Prix Event


JTC Running is pleased to present the 59th running of the Summer Beach Run.  The first Summer Beach Run was held in 1965 when the Beatles were taking the US by storm. Long hair with long sideburns was the rage, and we had not yet put a man on the moon. The first event consisted of 25 to 30 runners who were taken by truck to the starting line at Hanna Park. There were only men running the race that year. Most were high school cross country runners getting ready for the season. The race in those days was a straight shot down the beach to the Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station. The Seawalk Pavilion would not be built for another 40 years.

Now, the SBR also offers a 5K and One Mile fun run, and has over 1,000 participants.  This event features one of the best post-race celebrations of the year.  This year’s post-race celebration features free beer and pizza and a live band (must be legal age to receive beer).  IDs may be required.

Extra tickets for family members not participating are available during registration for $10 each.  Tickets will also be for sale at the event at registration tent.

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Seawalk water fountain donated by JTC RUNNING will be available before and after the race!

About JTC Running

JTC RUNNING, North Florida’s premier running club, has been “Running Jacksonville since 1975!”  As the host organization  of the Summer and Winter Beach Runs and the Gate River Run, JTC Running is dedicated to promoting health and fitness through running and walking.

For more information about the JTC please click HERE or see information below.


Entry Fees

5 Mile & 5K1 MileExtra beer and pizza tickets
Through June 30th $30$15$10
July 1st - July 31st $35$15$10
Starting August 1st$40$20$10
Race Day$50$20$10

Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!

» JTC Running members receive $3.00 off (not available on raceday)

Age Discounts – 17 and under and 65 and over will automatically receive a $5 discount when registering online for the 5k and 5 mile.



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 in-store computers with no processing fee.

Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at your selected 1st Place Sports locations on Thursday, August 22nd from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, August 23rd from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All packets will be moved to the Jacksonville Seawalk Pavilion for raceday pick up starting at 4:30 PM.

Baymeadows Store: 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jax, FL 32217
San Marco Store: 2018 San Marco Blvd., Jax, FL 32207
210 Store 2220 CR 210 West, St. Johns, FL 32259
Jax Beach Store: 424 S. 3rd Street, Jax Beach, FL 32250


1 Mile Fun Run

One Mile Fun run starts at 6:05 PM at 5 mile/5K starting line. The race is out 1/2 mile and then back to the finish at the start area. Medals will be given to all children in this event.


5 Mile Awards

Awards will only be presented for participation in the 5 Mile.  The 5K will not have awards.

Cash awards of $150, $100 & $50 will be paid to the top three men and women overall in the 5 mile.

To qualify for prize money in the 5 mile men must break 29:00 and women must run under 32:00

Awards will be given to the top men and women overall, the top masters male and female, and to the top three finishers in each of the following men’s and women’s divisions: 10 and 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 and 80 & over.



All finishers will receive a large custom designed finisher medal.  One mile fun run finishers will receive a fun run medal.

Previous medal.


Arrive early to avoid parking problems. There is a large parking lot between the Seawalk Pavilion and Carrabba’s Italian Grill, but they charge to park. Once this lot is full, you will have to look for parking spots farther from the starting area. The later you arrive, the farther away you will have to park.

Towing in the Wachovia Bank Parking lot is being enforced even though the bank is closed.

JTA has the Beaches Trolley that runs up and down 3rd Street between the South Beach Parkway Shopping Center and the Atlantic Village Shopping Center. Ride cost: $1 each way. On Saturday during the summer, it runs until 2 a.m. and hits numerous stops about 20 minutes apart. So you’ll have lots of party time after the SBR Party is over!!

As always, the streets are a free for all; park responsibly and don’t get towed!!


The 5 mile, 5K and one mile course is out-and-back on the beach. All races will start heading south. Digital clocks will be located at each mile. The turn-around point will be clearly marked with signs and cones. Water stations will be located at each mile. The race will be held near low tide to ensure adequate beach for all runners.

Beer and Pizza Post-Race Celebration

Right after you finish the run/walk there will be free beer and pizza at the Seawalk Pavilion.  Stick around after the race and enjoy the evening! The post-race will feature music by the Pink Paisley’s.  The 5 mile awards ceremony will start at 7:30 PM. Prize money will be awarded to the overall winners, plus awards will be given to age-group winners.

Jacksonville Grand Prix

The Summer Beach Run is one of the outstanding events on the Jacksonville Grand Prix schedule. Runners who finish in the top ten of their age group will receive points to be counted in the overall series. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the end of the series. For more information about the Grand Prix, click here.

Previous Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
1965 Del Lewis 26:49.0 none
1966 Del Lewis 28:42.3 none
1967 Ken Misner 28:04.7 none
1968 Ken Misner 26:17.5 Glena Mackey 44:18:00
1969 Ken Misner 23:26.9 Mary Harden 49:00:00
1970 Ken Misner 25:54.5 Kathy Ford 43:43:00
Jack Bachelor 25:54.5
1971 Jack Bachelor 25:30:00 Jacquelin Priestley 37:53:00
1972 Bill Blewett 27:41.9 Margaret Tolbert 36:39:00
1973 Ken Misner 24:17:00 Emily Cade ?
1974 Dennis Skelton 24:54:00 Janis Gage 34:53:00
1975 Barry Brown 26:18:00 Pam peterson 41:00:00
1976 Tim Simpkins 26:33:00 Janis Gage 31:58:00
1977 Ken Misner 24:07:00 Janis Gage 30:24:00
1978 Wally Rodriguez 25:33:00 Laura Ledbetter 31:44:00
1979 Mike Wachholz 26:35:00 Darien Andrea 32:39:00
1980 Mabry McCray 25:39:00 Darien Andrea 30:54:00
1981 John Rogerson 23:59 Laura Ledbetter 29:50:00
1982 Benji Durden 24:09:00 Laura Ledbetter 28:49:00
1983 Mabry McCray 24:34:00 Jane Millspaugh 30:32:00
1984 Dennis Stark 24:58:00 Donna Combs 30:46:00
1985 Mike Wachholz 23:52 Lanier Drew 28:33:00
1986 Dean Matthews 25:27:00 Lanier Drew 30:39:00
1987 Peter Gamble 25:41:00 Betsy Veronee 30:34:00
1988 Ron Borsheim 27:19:00 Kelly LaDuke 30:11:00
1989 Declan Doyle 26:01:00 Lisa Emery 29:47:00
1990 Mark Kathman 26:42:00 Lisa Emery 31:37:00
1991 Earl Stoner 24:46:00 Monica O’Reilly 28:31:00
1992 Earl Stoner 25:20:00 Wendy Frazier 29:13:00
1993 Mark VanAlstyne 26:38:00 Beth Michael 30:53:00
1994 Jon Dennis 25:54:00 Patty VanAlstyne 30:22:00
1995 Rick Patterson 26:01:00 Sylvia Fisher 31:43:00
1996 Rick Patterson 26:25:00 Kimberly Bruce 29:52:00
1997 Randy Hollinger 25:45:00 Cathy Vasto 28:53:00
1998 Mark VanAlstyne 26:12:00 Kim Pawelek 29:33:00
1999 Said Diri 28:33:00 Donna Garcia 30:13:00
2000 Brian Fleischmann 27:48:00 Kim Pawelek 29:25:00
2001 Lee Yaracs 26:34:00 Kim Pawelek 29:13:00
2002 Owen Shott 29:04:00 Kim Pawelek 30:26:00
2003 Zeph Joseph 25:52:00 Kim Pawelek 29:28:00
2004 Jerry Reckart 26:39:00 Garin Glenn 30:27:00
2005 Josh Johnson 28:06:00 Michelle Krueger 32:47:00
2006 Owen Shott 27:55:00 Kim Pawelek 31:31:00
2007 Justin Jacobs 27:50:00 Kim Pawelek 30:17:00
2008 Justin Jacobs 28:04:00 Sopagna Eap 30:31:00
2009 Justin Jacobs 27:12:00 Kim Pawelek 30:06:00
2010 Chris Mutai 27:17:00 Lindsay Sundell 28:59:00
2011 Rich Tremain 29:21:00 Liubov Denisova 30:30:00
2012 Fabian Manzano 29:45:00 Kim Pawelek Brantly 32:34:00
2013 Stephen Pifer 27:17:00 Kim Pawelek Brantly 30:30:00
2014 Jeremy Criscione 26:57:00 Svenja Meyer 31:23:00
2015 Chris Mutai 26:33:00 Audrey Maheu 30:26:00
2016 Matthew De Villers 27:16:00 Kim Pawelek Brantly 31:30:00
2017 Chris Mutai 27:17:00 Lauren Scott 31:19:00
2018 Justin King 29:00:00 Val Kline 34:15:00
2019 Chris McCaffrey 27:25:00 Val Kline 33:38:00
2020 Event not held
2021 Jonathan Besselink 27:22 :00 Caroline Moore 33:17:00
2022 Leonardo Canete 30:12:00 Katharine Laco 33:11:00

2023        Jonathan Hulzebos   27:28                   Hayleigh Haid    31:15


JTC RUNNING members are part of an organization that gives back to the community, having donated nearly $400,000 to local charities and leading the way in the development of the Emerald Trail, as well as continually working to improve safety for Jacksonville runners, bikers and walkers.  Watch our video.

Hundreds of runners and walkers love JTC Running and so will you! Memberships range from just $20/year for an individual and $25 for a family of up to 10 members.  It’s easy to join, just click this link:

Benefit of being a member:

  • Discounted entry fees at Club races including Summer Beach Run, Gate River Run, Winter Beach Run, Guana Trail Races & Last Gasp
  • Admission to the highly coveted Members Only VIP Hospitality Tent at Gate River Run
  • Bi-monthly informative and entertaining newsletter
  • Low cost training classes led by experienced coaches for major races & exclusive classes and clinics
  • 10% discount at all 1st Place Sports stores
  • Local training runs & track workouts
  • Social events to connect with other Club members