The Gate River Run is confirmed for 3/15/2014 in Jacksonville. Based on previous races, Road Race Place expects there to be over 15000 finishers in the 2014 Gate River Run race. This race has a RRP Race Prestige Rating of 5, which is defined as the can't miss race of the year and is one of the biggest and best races in the country. The race course has been certified as accurate by USA Track and Field.
Race Notes:The Gate River Run is the USA 15K Championship and has been run annually since 1978. The race gives out over $80,000 in awards for the top runners.
Disclaimer: Road Race Place LLC does not manage or direct the Gate River Run. Please verify the date, time and location of the race as it may change without us being notified. Contact the race director directly for more information.
Note: This map provides an approximate location for the Gate River Run.
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Great Event - 2012 Race By: Steve M. - (Columbia, SC)
I have run this 15k many (13) times since 1998 (incidentally, there were only about 6,723 finishers that year, and the race had a cap of 10,000) and will be running it again in 2014. Why? Because is is a great race. Very well organized. Sure, the expo is not the most exciting in the world, but it is a 15k, not a marathon, and it is sufficient. One reviewer wrote you had to be at the starting line at 07:30 for an 08:30 race? Everything I have ever seen suggests to line up at 08:00. Now, once upon a time there was also a Wheelchair division, and they started before the elites. The elite women start at 8:24. All that history aside, this is a great event. It is very well organized (except for the year the cap hopped from 11,000 to 14,000, but that was just growing pains!). This is a MUST RUN event. By the way, if you don't want to just stand around at the start, you are free to sit in your car. Or, better yet, join one of the local running clubs, such as the Jacksonville Track Club (oops, they are now officially "JTC Running"). You'll have access to their private area (including port-a-johns, food, and beverages) and you support the local running community!
Date Posted: 2014-02-04Review Quality:Very Helpful Race Review
Loved the race - 2012 Race By: Adam W. - (Gainesville, FL)
I expected a bit more from the runner's expo and post-race celebration for being the most important 15k in the country.
The runner's expo was mostly local sports stores, hospitals and clinics and other businesses in a crowded non-descript fairgrounds hall. With that said, the post race celebration had something for the whole family with a couple (crowded) bounce houses and a 'diaper dash' for the little ones, a junior 1 mile race for the adolescents, a 5k for the not-so-experienced runners and the main event 15k. My daughter loves wearing my 15k medal and her medal from the diaper dash.
Parking is not great. They state you need to be at the starting line at 7:30 for an 8:30 race which seems a bit excessively early since we stood around in the blustery cold for quite a while with loud classic pop rock blasted over us. The course is good, crossing the St. Johns river and back, coursing through residential areas with a good number of spectators. Plenty of water stations and other folks out giving away drinks and even fruit. Not to sound too much like an old man, but the speakers on the Hart Bridge were way too loud, playing the Rolling Stones when I passed.
The finish was reasonably well orgainized. Finding out your results is good and bad. They offer text messages and apps to track your progress but these offerings were only available to a few folks. The jumbo screen at the fairgrounds seems to randomly display times, not in any sensible order (not in order of finish time, alphabetical, ID # or anything). I still can't find my wife's results for the 5k.
Date Posted: 2012-03-12Review Quality:Very Helpful Race Review
Gate River Run - 2012 Race By: L. G. - (Jacksonville, FL)
Great race! Excellent organization considering 18,000 runners. Plenty of water stations at each mile plus several neighborhood groups passing out water, oranges, and even a few offering donuts and beer. There were a handful of bands along the way playing motivating music and on the Hart bridge speakers were near the top playing music. The pre and post race exhibits were nice and packet pickup was well organized. If the wind was not blowing on the Hart bridge it would have been perfection.
Date Posted: 2012-03-11Review Quality:Very Helpful Race Review