2nd Annual VyStar Emerald Trail 5K Raises $20,000 for GWJax

Pictured from left to right: Bonnie Brooks, JTC Running Treasurer; Shanell Davis-Bryant, Groundwork Jacksonville Project Manager; Larry Roberts, JTC Running President; Brian Wolfburg, CEO, VyStar Credit Union; Dana Karzan, Chief Marketing Officer, VyStar Credit Union; and, Doug Alred, 1st Place Sports Running.

Representatives from VyStar Credit Union, JTC Running and 1st Place Sports Running presented a $20,000 check to Groundwork Jacksonville, proceeds from the Annual VyStar Emerald Trail 5K presented by JTC Running. This is the second year for the run, which generated more than $16,000 for Groundwork in 2020.

The October 23 event began and concluded at Andrew Robinson Elementary School. Runners, walkers and cyclists enjoyed a scenic route through beautiful Springfield and along the future S-Line Connector and Hogans Creek segments of the Emerald Trail.

Run sponsors included the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships, Massage Envy – Bartram Park, Ortega and Southside, HDR, Forcura, and Cindy Corey, Realtor, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/ Lifestyles Realty. JTC Running underwrote all race expenses to ensure that 100% of entries and sponsorships benefit Groundwork Jacksonville.

“This has become the signature event for Groundwork, and we are grateful to VyStar Credit Union, JTC Running and our generous sponsors for their support, “ said Kay Ehas, CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville. “Not only does the run raise funds to support our mission, but it also introduces people to the Emerald Trail and to areas of our city they may not be familiar with.”

“VyStar is an enthusiastic supporter of the Emerald Trail, which we see as a defining piece of Jacksonville’s urban core,” said VyStar President/CEO Brian Wolfburg. “Once completed, it will serve as a true outdoor destination and celebrate the historic neighborhoods it helps to connect. We appreciate everyone who has supported Groundwork Jacksonville by participating in the annual VyStar Emerald Trail 5K, and we look forward to seeing even more runners, walkers and cyclists next year.”

According to Larry Roberts, president of JTC Running, “JTC Running is proud to support Groundwork from funding the initial Emerald Trail Master Plan to the annual VyStar Emerald Trail 5K. As Northeast Florida’s preeminent promoter of healthy lifestyles through running, fitness, and fellowship, we believe the Emerald Trail will encourage more people to get outdoors, become active and enjoy our beautiful city.”

Plans are already under way for the next VyStar Emerald Trail 5K on Saturday, October 22, 2022. For sponsorship information contact GroundworkJacksonville@gmail.com.