The inaugural VyStar Emerald Trail 5K presented by JTC Running and 1st Place Sports will be Sat., Nov. 21, 2020 and give runners, walkers and cyclists an up-close look at multiple points of interest along a portion of what will become the Emerald Trail. All proceeds benefit Groundwork Jacksonville in designing the Emerald Trail, the city’s 30-mile urban trail and linear park system that will link 16 schools, two colleges and 21 parks among other destinations like restaurants, retail and businesses.
“The Emerald Trail will provide significant health, recreation, social and economic benefits to Jacksonville, especially to the under-served neighborhoods in our urban core,” said Brian Wolfburg, President/CEO of VyStar Credit Union, the title sponsor. “VyStar couldn’t be more proud to sponsor the first of what we hope becomes an Emerald Trail race series.”
The event begins on the lawn of the Duval County Courthouse at 501 W. Adams St. and will progress along the future LaVilla Link and S-Line Rail Link segments of the trail ending at Andrew Robinson Elementary School. From there, participants can board shuttles back to the courthouse. Cyclists will be provided an alternate return route.
The bike ride begins at 7:30 a.m. in waves of 50 people leaving every five minutes. Runners and walkers will begin at 8:00 a.m. in waves of 100 people every two minutes. The starting wave must be selected at registration. Participants are encouraged to always wear masks and practice social distancing during the event.
Registration is $35, increasing to $40 after November 1. Pre-registration is required, and the race is limited to 500 participants. Register at 1stplacesports.com. Additional sponsorships are also available.
The event includes T-shirts for all entrants, custom medals for all finishers, awards to the top female and male overall finishers and awards to the top three female Emerald Trail 5K Sponsorship and male finishers in age groups from 10-and-under to 80+.
“Groundwork Jacksonville is grateful for the leadership VyStar has shown as our largest Emerald Trail donor to date, said Kay Ehas, Groundwork Jacksonville CEO. “Brian Wolfburg and VyStar’s commitment to our community — especially to the revitalization of downtown — is inspiring and is a model for the impact businesses can have on improving the quality of life for our citizens,” she added