Gate River Run

Debbie and I ran the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida this morning. It was a fabulous event. The race served as the USATF 15K National Championships, so there were many elite runners at the front. We even spotted dedicated porto-o-potties for the elite runners during a warmup. We commented that this WAS a big time race.

It was a great morning for running with blue skies and a temperature in the mid-6o’s Fahrenheit. We had planned this family trip a few months ago. It was intended to be a combination of customer visits and family fun. When we travel, we always look up what endurance athletic events are going on near our destination.

After we booked the trip, we discovered that the Gate River Run, a Jacksonville institution, was being run for the 33rd time during our visit. Bingo! It worked out perfectly. We had built-in childcare for our clan and lots of family support. The 15K course wound its way around downtown Jacksonville, in San Marco, and along the St. John’s River. We crossed the Main Street Bridge after the first mile and the substantial Hart Bridge in the eighth mile. That final span, known to locals as the Green Monster, is the biggest climb on the course, rising more than 141 vertical feet from the water.

More than 15,000 people competed in the 15K. There was also a 5K race run for several thousand other people who wanted a shorter loop. This is a big time race, with lots of spectators, a huge race expo, and many volunteers. We had a great time. The official results won’t be posted until later, but Debbie ran close to 1:06:48 and I ran 57:48, or so. I will post a follow-up race report later. has good race coverage. The race was won by Mo Trafeh in a quick 42;56. The first woman was Katie McGregor in 49:50.

Race Results

1 Response to “Gate River Run”

  1. 1 Sharon 20 March 2010 at 8:31 am

    It was a great day for a race. You’re speedy!

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