2nd Annual VyStar Emerald Trail 5K October 23

Presented by JTC Running and 1st Place Sports the VyStar Emerald Trail 5K will take runners, walkers and cyclists through beautiful Springfield and along the future S-Line Connector and Hogans Creek segments of the Emerald Trail. All proceeds from this event benefit Groundwork Jacksonville, the City’s nonprofit partner in building the Emerald Trail and restoring McCoys Creek and Hogans Creek.

The 5K Bike Ride for Fun begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk/Run takes off at 8 a.m. from Andrew Robinson Elementary School at 101 W. 12th St, Jacksonville, FL 32206. Each entrant receives a race bag complements of VyStar and a t-shirt. All finishers earn a commemorative Emerald Trail 5K medal. Awards will be presented to the top male and female overall, and the top male and female finishers in each age category.

Early bird registration is $30 per person by September 18 then increases to $35 through October 17, $40 through October 22 and $50 on race day. VyStar members receive a $5 discount on registration with code VyStar5. Youth under 13 and seniors over 65 get a special discounted rate. Register at 1stplacesports.com/races/emeraldtrail/

The Emerald Trail is a 30-mile urban trail and linear park system that will connect 14 historic neighborhoods to downtown, the St. Johns River, McCoys Creek and Hogans Creek. It will link 16 schools, two colleges and 21 parks among other destinations like cafes, shops, festivals and events.

The Emerald Trail will be the place where people of all ages, races, cultures and walks of life come together to run, walk, ride and connect with nature and with one another. Learn more at groundworkjacksonville.org or follow on @GroundworkJax.

Want to support the event? Download a sponsorship packet here.