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The Ultimate Runner’s Guide: Races in Jacksonville

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There are two types of people in this world, those who run for the endorphins and those who run when someone is chasing them. Thankfully, these events are sure to be enjoyable no matter what kind of runner you are! From ugly sweaters, Santa suits, dog-friendly runs, and tons of charitable causes, these upcoming races in Jacksonville are ready and waiting for you to cross the finish line. 

📷 Ugly Sweater Run

Veterans United Craft Brewery Ugly Sweater Beer Run

If you’re looking to spice up your regular winter run, then why not do it while sporting your best ugly sweater? Veterans United Craft Brewery is hosting their annual Ugly Sweater Beer Run and invites participants to show off their festive attire in both a three-mile and one-mile run! These events are perfect for runners, joggers, and walkers alike as Veterans United will be giving away fresh brewed pints to all participants as well as awarding fastest and slowest teams. Register today and secure your spot for one of the most fun races in Jacksonville!

Event Details
🗓 December 5, 2021 | 9:00AM
🎫 $35.00
📍 Veterans United Craft Brewery
8999 Western Way #104, Jacksonville, FL US 32256

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5th Annual Hope for Lillian Grace Reindeer Run

Run for a good cause with one of the most highly anticipated races in Jacksonville this December! The 5th annual Hope for Lillian Grace Reindeer Run aims to raise awareness surrounding Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (ARPKD) while benefiting Lillian & Quinn Ball. All proceeds raised from the event will go back to supporting the families medical costs including hospital and ambulance fees, lab fees, medical supplies and more. We hope to see you out there! 

Event Details
🗓 December 11, 2021 | 9:00AM
🎫 $35.00
📍 RiverTown RiverHouse
140 Landing St, St Johns, FL 32259

📷 Santa Suits On The Loose

Santa Suits On The Loose 5K

Is there anything more festive than Santa Claus? We don’t think so! That’s why we’re thrilled that the annual Santa Suits On The Loose 5K is back for another year! Located in St. Augustine Beach, this annual event will flood the surrounding streets with Santa while raising money for foster kids in the community as well as St. Augustine Youth Services. First 100 registrants will receive their choice of Santa suit or T-shirt so you can sport the festive cheer all season long. Get ready for one of the most festive races in Jacksonville and spread the holiday cheer! 

Event Details
🗓 December 11, 2021 | 8:00AM
🎫 $30.00
📍 St. Augustine Beach Pier
350 A1A, St. Augustine, FL 32080

📷 Viking Cross-Country Run

Viking Cross-Country Run

For the first time ever, St. Johns River State College has planned a Viking-inspired cross-country race throughout Palatka. Sure to be one of the most adventurous races in Jacksonville, the Viking Cross-Country Run invites runners, walkers, and participants of all ages to take part in either a 10K, 5K, or Fun Run with all proceeds being donated to the SJR athletic department and student-athletes. 

Event Details
🗓 January 15, 2022 | 2:00PM
🎫 $25.00+
📍Rodman Plantation
298 County Rd. 310, Palatka, FL 

📷 GLOW Up 5K

GLOW Up: 5K Neon Glow Run for Suicide Prevention

While this race may not be in Jacksonville, its just a short drive to run for a good cause! GLOW Up: 5K Neon Glow Run is a family-friendly event with the goal of bringing awareness, prevention and funding for suicide prevention efforts. Participants are invited to throw on their brightest outfit, grab the neon paint, and lace up their running shoes for an unforgettable night. Swag bags will include race shirt (ages 10+), glow gear, race bag, and finisher medal and the race will end with an after party in Saint Marys waterfront park, with a live DJ, food and drink. It’s time to get running!

Event Details
🗓 April 2, 2022 
🎫 $30.00
📍 Howard Gilman Waterfront Park
120 St. Marys Street, Saint Marys, GA 31558

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Chasing Tail 5K & Forever Vets Furry Fun Run

It’s no secret that dog-centric races in Jacksonville are definitely the most fun to be a part of. Thankfully, the upcoming Chasing Tail 5K and Forever Vets Fun Run is back and better than ever! Supporting the Jacksonville Humane Society, this dog-friendly run will start and finish at Kanine Social with special appearances from Jacksonville Icemen’s Fang at the 1-mile fun run! All registrants will receive an exclusive race shirt and logo pint glass, 1 beer or soda, 1 day pass to Kanine Social’s private indoor/outdoor dog park and a finisher’s medal. Make sure to stay around after the race for the after party which will include live music, a bounce house for the kids and a lure course set up for the dogs as well as local vendors and food trucks for all to enjoy. This is sure to be a fantastic event for both you and your furry friend!

Event Details
🗓 February 12, 2021 | 8:00AM
🎫 $25.00
📍 Kanine Social
580 College St, Jacksonville, FL US 32204

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The Donut Run

The first-ever Donut Run is sure to be one of the sweetest races in Jacksonville! Taking place in the new neighborhood of eTown, and presented by The Donut Experiment, this event is sure to be one that you don’t want to miss. With both a 5K and 10K, this race is ideal for beginners and seasoned-runners alike. All registrants will receive a race shirt, finisher medal, racing bib, downloadable finisher photo, and of course, two packaged donuts and coffee courtesy of The Donut Experiment. Be sure to sign up for this delicious event and reserve your spot before it’s too late!

Event Details
🗓 March 26, 2022 | 8:00AM
🎫 $30.00+
📍 eTown’s Recharge Amenity Center
10571 eTown Parkway, Jacksonville, FL US 32256

To the Finish Line!

We want to see you cross the finish line! Be sure to tag us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and TikTok if you participate in any of these races in Jacksonville, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #StuffToDoInJacksonville

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