Junior River Run | The Gate River Run

Junior River Run Start 2019

Junior River Run

March 2, 2024: 11:00 AM

A FREE one mile fun run for children! The Gate River Run and JTC Running are proud to present the Junior River Run. It’s free to any child 13 years and younger. All children who sign up for the in-school training program will receive a free training t-shirt. All children who complete the one mile fun run will receive a t-shirt and goodie packet on raceday! This race is limited to children 13 and under. Each child’s parent must fill out and sign an entry form for them.

How to Register

Participants must pre-register (online or instore) if signing up as part of a team. If signing up as an individual, you can pre-register, or sign up on race morning.

Pre-registration ends the week before the race.

Packet Pickup

Bib numbers may be picked up at Runners’ Expo on Thursday or Friday. You can also pick up your bib at the Junior River Run tent starting at 9 AM on race day. The tent is located next to the 5K and mile event finish line located at the west end of the Fairgrounds Property.

Shirts and medals are given at the finish area after the race.

Start of the Run

Starts at 11:00 AM.

Jr River Runner’s Assembly Area

The assembly area for this event will be inside the Fairgrounds near the starting line. Each group will assemble in this area about 20 minutes prior to their starting time. Each group will then be moved to Duval Street for the start of their race. Parents can run with their children if necessary, but for the utmost safety of all participants, if you think your child can handle this event without you, we would appreciate your waiting for the child at the finish line.

Getting Ready for the Junior River Run in School Training Program

Download the In-School Training Program Packet below! All students who participate in the eight week training program will receive a free “Training for the Junior River Run” t-shirt in addition to the regular Junior River Run shirt, and an entry into the Junior River Run. The purpose of the program is to familiarize our youth with the benefits of exercise and of course get them ready for race day. The ideal is to have the children run 8.3 miles in their training program, and then run one mile on Gate River Run Day. That would mean they have covered the full 15K distance. We hope your school will get involved and help us make this the largest Junior River Run to date.

In School Training Program Packet – for Teachers, PE Instructors, Principals

» Click here to download the Junior River Run In School Training Program Packet


The race will start on Duval Street in front of the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. The start will be near the intersection of Duval Street and Randolph Boulevard. The race will run west on Duval Street doing an out and back mile to finish inside the Fairgrounds near the starting line.

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