Ameris Bank Jacksonville Half Marathon & 5K

Ameris Bank is proud to carry on the tradition of the Jacksonville Half Marathon, the oldest half marathon in Jacksonville, Florida and one of the fastest courses in the U.S. In its 37th year, this race celebrates the beauty of Jacksonville on a course featuring plentiful shade and flat terrain.

 

Overview

The Ameris Bank Jacksonville Half Marathon course is USA Track and Field certified (FL10117EBM), flat, fast and very scenic with 85% shade. There are no steep hills, bridges or overpasses. The course starts at Bolles School on San Jose Blvd. heads north, then south to Mandarin, does a loop and heads back along the St. Johns River to Bolles. Water & Electrolyte stations are located about every two miles. Clocks and mile markers at every mile. The 5K runs the first 5K of the marathon course and finishes on San Jose in front of The Bolles School.

Event Information

Hotel Accommodations: Embassy Suites

The Embassy Suites will serve as a race headquarters, offering a special discounted rate to runners. Rooms are available at $89 for a king bed and $99 for suites with two beds. Space is limited, so make a reservation here

The Embassy Suites, located at 9300 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256, is located just east of Interstate 95 on Baymeadows Road, about 5 miles from the race site.

  • Half Marathon course has a 3.5 hour limit

  • Certified courses

  • Large Medals to all Half Marathon 

  • Prize Money for Half Marathon

  • Moisture wicking shirts to all entrants

  • Bib/Tag timing

  • Course features lots of shade and pancake flat

  • Finish inside Bolles Stadium on track

  • Digital clocks at all miles

  • Average temperature is 56 degrees

  • Wave Start - The race will be started in waves of 200 runners every two minutes starting at 7 AM. Please select your start time during registration.

Looking for information about entry fees? Click here. 

Half Marathon Awards

$500, $200 and $100 to the top three overall men and women, $100 to the top master male and female. Awards will be given to the first three finishers in each of the following age-groups: 19 and under, 20-24 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+. The overall runners and the top ten finishers in each age group will score single points to be counted in the Jacksonville Grand Prix.

Finisher Medals

Large, custom designed finisher medals will be given to half marathon and 5K finishers in the finish chutes.

iTab

The finisher medal has been designed to fit an iTaB insert. Collect your medal at the finish line and your iTaB will arrive in the post a few weeks later, engraved with your name and finish time. If you think your iTab may have been lost during shipment, please contact info@mysportingtimes.com and the customer service team will send a replacement at no charge, after confirming the correct details.

The iTaB fits neatly into the back of your medal and is a great way to celebrate your achievement. If you would like to customize our finisher medal with the iTab insert, you can select it when you register online for $15.00.

A clothes check-in area will be located at the starting line. Make sure that you have your bag clearly marked with your race number. All bags will be available for pickup on the west end of the track behind the finish line and food area.

The Course

The Ameris Bank Jacksonville Half Marathon course is USA Track and Field certified (FL10117EBM), flat, fast and very scenic with 85% shade. There are no hills, bridges or overpasses. The course starts at The Bolles School on San Jose Boulevard, heads north and then back south to Mandarin, does a loop and heads back along the St. Johns River to The Bolles School. Water and electrolyte stations are located about every two miles. Clocks and mile markers at every mile.

The Start

The Half Marathon and 5K will start together on San Jose Boulevard in front of The Bolles School at 7:00 A.M. The Bolles School gymnasium will open at 5:30 AM for day-of-race registration and serve as a runners assembly area. A clothes check-in area will be located at the starting line.

The Half Marathon Finish

The Half Marathon will finish on the Hodes Field Track in the Skinner-Barco Stadium at the Bolles School.

The 5K

The 5K runs the first 5K of the Marathon and finishes on San Jose Boulevard in front of The Bolles School.

View Interactive 1/2 Marathon Course

Ameris Bank Jacksonville Half Marathon is a proud partner of Girls on the Run.

If you would like to support Girls on The Run with your entry for this race, contact your local Girls on the Run club to learn about a special promo code!

To find a local Girls on the Run club, call 904.619.6763 or visit: http://www.gotrnefl.org/

The Half Marathon and 5K (for children 13 years and younger) is a Jacksonville Grand Prix event and the first Half Marathon of the series. 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.

Due to the current circumstance, there will not be a post-race celebration this year. Sealed food and drinks will be available for pick up after you complete the race. 

Due to the current Covid crisis, race entries will be limited and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

The following Social Distancing Guidelines will be in place during the event.

  1. No day of race registration.

  2. Day of race packet pickup will be limited. Please adhere to the six-foot spacing guideline and wear a mask when picking up your packet. We encourage you to pick up your packet prior to race day.

  3. Please wear a mask when you cannot adhere to the 6-foot spacing guideline. Masks are required at the start and finish.

  4. Race will be started in waves of 200 people. You must choose your starting wave during registration. Potential award winners should try to run in the early starting waves.

  5. Once you have finished the race, please respect the 6-foot social distancing spacing and wear a face covering.

  6. The race will not have an awards ceremony or post-race celebration. Awards may be picked up at the awards tent on race day or at 1st Place Sports, Baymeadows the day after the race.

  7. Bring your own water if you want to be extra safe. We will have water in sealed bottles at the start, on the course and at the finish. If you take a water bottle on the course, be sure to hold onto it until you finish the race or drop it off in trash cans at the designated drop location.

  8. Hand sanitizers and masks will be available at the sanitation tent near the start/finish.

  9. If you feel ill or have a fever, do not come to packet pickup or to the race.

  10. To maximize social distancing, we recommend that you not arrive at the race more than 30 minutes prior to your start time.

Information coming soon.