15K Information | The Gate River Run

15K: March 7, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Important information to know:

  • Please arrive early! Over 20,000 people will be trying to park on race morning. Traffic will be heavy.
  • Every participant will receive a men’s or women’s technical, moisture wicking shirt.
  • Medals will be given to all finishers in the 15K.
  • The elite women start at 7:54 AM.
  • The first seeded wave of the 15K starts at 8:00 AM, Waves Two, Three and Four will start after a short delay between each wave.
  • The starting line is on Gator Bowl Boulevard between the Stadium and Metropolitan Park.
  • Portable restrooms and a bag check are located in lots J and D.
  • All runners and walker should be in position by 7:30 AM.
  • Walkers should start at the back of Wave 4 on Gator Bowl Blvd.
  • Make sure to wear your race number on the front of your clothing. This is the only way to be identified for online pictures.

Course Information

All miles will be marked and digital clocks will display the elapsed time at each mile mark. Water Stations and toilets will be located throughout the course, and entertainment will be provided each mile during the race.

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Course Time Limit

All 15K participants need to be to the Hart Bridge, which is at mile 7.5, by 10:30 AM. This is an 20 minute/mile pace.

Road Closures

Traffic on the following roads will be affected by the Gate River Run on March 8th and 9th

THE PLAYERS Runner’s Expo Closures

  • Gator Bowl Boulevard between Georgia and Duval Streets – Road will be closed from noon on Friday, March 8th until 1 PM on Saturday, March 9th. There will be a bypass around the starting structure on Friday through parking lot J for in bound town traffic and through parking lot K for from town bound traffic.

Race Day Course Closures

  • Bay Street (Everbank Field to Main Street Bridge): 7:15 AM – 8:45 AM
  • Main Street Bridge: 7:45 AM – 9:00 AM
  • Riverplace Blvd – Prudential Drive: 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
  • San Marco Blvd (Prudential to Laverne): 8:00 AM -9:30 AM
  • River Road and River Oaks Road: 8:15 AM – 9:45 AM
  • Hendricks Ave (River Oaks to Alexandria): 8:20 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Alexandria and Belote: 8:20 AM – 10:15 AM
  • Atlantic Blvd. West Bound (Belote to Holmesdale): 8:20 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Holmesdale, Nicholson, Olive and Gay: 8:20 AM – 10:45 AM
  • Altantic Blvd. West Bound (Gay to Hart Bridge): 8:20 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Hart Bridge Southeast Bound (Atlantic Blvd to Duval Street: 7:45 AM -11:30 AM
  • Duval and Gator Bowl Blvd: 8:15 AM – 12:00 PM

15K Top 5000 Seeded Section

Wave One

Multi-Color Zone (Top 5,000 runners who have submitted proof of qualification with registration):

This Zone is located at the front of the starting line on Duval Street. This wave, which will start at the sound of the cannon, will include the Top 5,000 seeded positions. Runners in Wave One will be seeded into six color zones based on submitted qualifying times. These zones will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis: Yellow Zone 1-300, Blue Zone 301-800, Red Zone 801-2000, Green Zone 2001-3500, Orange Zone 3501-4500, Black Zone 4501-5000. If you already have your qualifying time, register now, so you know you have a spot in one of these seeded zones!

Seeded start layout

How To Start in Wave 1

Follow these steps to receive a Top 5000 Seeded Number.

  1. You must run a qualifying time in a 1st Place Sports running event, or a USATF certified running event within the last year (January 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020). Qualifying times are listed in the chart below for each Wave One color section.
     5K6K5 Mile10K15K10 MileHalfMarathon
    BlueUnder 19:00Under 23:00Under 35:00Under 44:00Under 1:08:00Under 1:13:00Under 1:38:00Under 3:25:00
    RedUnder 24:00Under 28:00Under 40:00Under 49:00Under 1:15:00Under 1:22:00Under 1:47:00Under 3:50:00
    GreenUnder 27:00Under 32:00Under 44:00Under 55:00Under 1:24:00Under 1:32:00Under 2:02:00Under 4:12:00
    OrangeUnder 29:00Under 34:00Under 47:00Under 58:00Under 1:30:00Under 1:38:00Under 2:10:00Under 4:25:00
    BlackUnder 30:00Under 36:00Under 49:00Under 1:02:00Under 1:33:00Under 1:42:00Under 2:15:00Under 4:40:00
  2. Once you have run your qualifying time, you can register for the 15K Seeded Section. You will be asked to submit your A) USATF Certified Event Name B) Event Date C) Event Distance and D) your finish time.

Seeding Section Registration Rules and Guidelines

  1. Once you have registered and submitted your qualification information, we will not accept any other qualifying time!
  2. You cannot submit your entry as non-seeded, run a qualifying race, and then try to switch your entry. Only those who register for the Seeded Section will receive Seeded Numbers.
  3. Any qualify times that can not be verified or are incorrect will automatically be removed from Wave One and placed in the appropriate Wave.
  4. There are absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS to these rules. It is your responsibility to read and understand the guidelines.

Don’t wait too long to send in your entry!

Seeded Sections fill up quickly! Do not wait too long to submit your registration, or the seeded section you were qualifying for might already be full! Once a seeded section is full, any additional qualifying runners will be seeded in the next available zone behind the requested zone.

Elite Runners (Race numbers 1 – 150)

The top 150 seeded numbers are for Elite athletes (Men under 50:00 and women under 56:00 for the 15K) For more information on qualification and registration for these numbers, email Â jim@gate-riverrun.com

Sub-Elite Runners (Race numbers 151-299)

Qualifying standards (must run under listed time):

 5K10K15KHalf MarathonMarathon
Men18:0038:0059:001:20:002:50:00
Women20:0042:0064:001:28:003:15:00

15K Waves Two, Three and Four

All four waves will be using the same restrooms, bag check tents and start water stations.

Portable toilets will be located in the parking lots around the start and finish and also inside the Jacksonville Fairgrounds

Bag Check will only be in one main tent, which will be located in Parking lot N next to the Jaguars Practice Field next to the Fairgrounds. You will drop off and pickup your bags at this tent.

Start water stations will be available on both sides of the starting line

Wave Two

Grey Zone (Numbers 5001-10,000: Must be able to run 10 minute pace per mile):

Wave #2 has room for 5,000 runners. Once this section fills, any entries received will be assigned to Wave #3 or #4 based on availability.

The Grey Zone (Wave #2) will be located directly behind the Top 5,000 seeded runners on Duval Street There will be a grey starting banner across the road. You can enter the starting line from either side of the road. Please line up in this section based on the pace you plan to run. Pace flags will be located on the side of the road.

Wave Three

Purple Zone (Numbers 10,001-14,000: Must be able to run 11, 12, or 13 minute pace per mile):

Wave #3 has room for 5,000 runners. Once this section fills, any entries received will be assigned to Wave #4.

The Purple Zone will be located directly behind the Grey Zone in parking lot. There will be a Purple starting banner across the road in this section. You can enter the starting line from either side of the road. Please line up in this section based on the pace you plan to run. Pace flags will be located on the side of the road.

Wave Four

Pink Zone (Numbers 14,001+: 14:00 minute pace/mile or walking):

The Pink Zone will be located directly behind the Purple Zone on Gator Bowl Blvd. There will be a Pink starting banner across the road in this section. You can enter the starting line from either side of the road. Please line up in this section based on the pace you plan to run. Pace flags will be located on the side of the road.


15K Disabled Athlete Divisions

Three Classes

  1. Handcycles
  2. Push Rims (Wheelchairs) Paras
  3. Push Rims-Quads

All classes will start together ahead of the Elite Women. Athletes with a certified disability can ride in the Handcycle class on three wheeled recumbent cycles.

Awards

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place all classes
  • Top Masters (50+) all classes
  • Top Female all classes

Parking

There will be a dedicated Disabled Competitors Parking Area near the starting line, and all disabled competitors will receive a parking pass. These will be available in the Race Packets, plus a general instructions sheet, also in the packet.

Potential Entrants

Please contact Donald Hall at st_elmo@bellsouth.net, or call (904) 246-9190, if you are interested in participating in this division.