Gate River Run

February 21, 2013


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The Gate River Run (GRR), formerly known as the Jacksonville River Run, is an annual 15 kilometer road race in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, that attracts both competitive and recreational runners. The race is sponsored by Gate Petroleum and was first held in 1978. It has been the US National Championship 15K since 1994 and in 2007 became the largest 15K race in the United States. It was voted as one of the top US Road Races for last 20 years by Runner’s World Magazine. Local news media describe it as one of Jacksonville’s premiere annual events.

The GATE River Run will once again serve as the USA 15K Championship with America’s top Olympic athletes competing for $85,000 in prize money. Last year over 23,000 runners and walkers participated in one of our featured events including the 15K, The Florida Times-Union 5K for Charity, the adidas Junior River Run, and the Brooks Rehabilitation Challenge Mile.

Website: Gate River Run | Mar 9, 2013


  • 15K Run
  • 5K Run
  • Junior River Run – 1 Mile
  • Challenge Mile – 1 Mile
  • Diaper Dashes

Start Times

  • 15K Run – 8.30 am, 8.24 am (Top 25 seeded women start the 15K)
  • 5K Run – 8.30 am
  • Junior River Run – 11.00 am
  • Challenge Mile – 10.15 am
  • Diaper Dashes – 11.00 am


To participate in Gate River Run you can register in the official website. Registration closes online on February 28th or when the race reaches it’s 20,000 limit. Registration will be available at the Runners Expo on March 7th and 8th if the race does not fill prior to that time.

Discounted Entry: $5 off if you are 13 or under or 65+

Fee Structure:

15K 5K
Through December 31st $30.00 $20.00
Through January 31st $35.00 $25.00
February 1st – February 28th $40.00 $30.00
At the Runner’s Expo if spots still available $45.00 $35.00

Course / Route Map



The starting line is on Gator Bowl Boulevard between the Stadium and Metropolitan Park. There is a Walker Starting Line for the 15K located on Adams Street next to the Memorial Wall. The run finishes on Duval Street in front of the Jacksonville Faigrounds.

The course runs through the heart of downtown Jacksonville where the race crosses the St. Johns River over the Main Street Bridge, runs through historic San Marco, down Atlantic Blvd to the beautiful and scenic St. Nicolas area, and then crosses the river for the second time over the green monster, the Hart Bridge, and features a one mile downhill to the finish line.

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. Live bands perform at locations along the race course.

Time Limits and Cutoffs

The GATE River Run will be using MyLaps Bib/Tag ChampionChip system to time runners in the 15K.

Water Stops

Water Stations and toilets will be located throughout the course.

Prize Money/ Awards

The event has more prize money than any major non-marathon event in the United States. Cash to the top ten men and women as follows: 1st $12,000, 2nd $5,000, 3rd $3,000, 4th $2,000, 5th $1,000, 6th $900, 7th $800, 8th $700, 9th $600,10th $500.

Top three men and women 40 and over: 1st- $1,000, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $250
$200 to the first male and female Florida Finisher. Must be a resident of Florida for the past six months.
$100 to top male and female. Must be resident of Duval, Clay, Nassau or St. Johns County for the past six months.

The top 25 seeded women will start 6 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. The first person (male or female) to cross the finish line will receive a $5,000 bonus. This bonus is based on the difference between the men’s and women’s American record for the 15K distance.

  • World Record Bonus (41:13) (46:57): $10,000
  • American Record Bonus (42:22) (47:15): $5,000
  • Course Record Bonus (42:22) (47:15): $3,000

Top 5 in each age-group will be given awards.

Course Records

Men: Todd Williams (USA) 42:22 (1995)
Women: Deena Drossin (USA) 47:15 (2003)

T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates

All finishers in the 15K receive a custom designed medal that commemorates the current year. The medals are given to finishers as they exit the fenced finish corral.

Custom-designed adidas running caps will be given to the top ten percent of male and female finishers.

Race Day Weather

Expected Highest Temperature: 65° F
Expected Lowest Temperature: 44° F

Results & Past Winners

Results of past runs for all runners are available at our Gate River Run Results page.

Race Date

Mar 14, 2015


Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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