The pandemic will not sideline Jacksonville’s Gate River Run

Jacksonville, FL — Jacksonville’s Gate River Run is less than a month away.

The 5K and 15K races are scheduled for March 20. There are a limited number of entries available. The 15K is sold out, but the 5K for charity still has some spots available.

In a news release, race director Doug Alred said, “While we have been in a pandemic and Covid crisis, American elite athletes have been unable to compete to earn their livelihoods as races around the world have been canceled or postponed. With the approval of City and local health officials, we are currently moving forward with plans for the USATF 15K National Championship, however, we are implementing safety protocols to make the event as safe as possible.”

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The following social distancing guidelines will be in place:

o Socially distanced wave starts from two separate starting lines

o Masks required at all times except while running and walking during the race

o The race will not have an awards ceremony or post-race celebration

o Volunteers distributing race medals and water will wear masks and gloves

o No race day registration

o The expo will be expanding to three days to reduce the number of visitors per day

o Limit of 1,000 visitors to the expo in each two-hour session

o Masks and temperature checks prior to entering the expo

o Participants are required to select a packet pickup session when registering

o A virtual option is also available

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The Gate River Run is the largest 15K in the nation, with more than $54,000 in prize money up for grabs. It’s been a Jacksonville tradition since 1978.

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