Ameris Bank – Last BIG Race of 2017!

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Formerly known as the Jacksonville Bank Marathon, Ameris Bank is proud to carry on the tradition of the oldest marathon in Jacksonville! This is the 35th running of this 5K, Half Marathon and Marathon, and this course does not disappoint. With pancake flat terrain, and lots of shade, this course meanders down Beauclerc Road, travels around the infamous Forrest Circle loop and winds through Scott Mill and Mandarin Roads circling back to end inside the Bolles stadium on the track.


  • Boston Marathon Qualifier
  • Marathon course has a six hour limit
  • Half Marathon course has a 3.5 hour limit
  • Certified courses
  • Course record is 2:14:33
  • Large Medals to all Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K Finishers
  • Prize Money
  • 1/2 zip long sleeve shirts provided to all half and full marathon entrants
  • Race results bib/Tag timing
  • Course features lots of shade and pancake flat
  • Finish inside Bolles Stadium on track
  • Digital clocks at all miles
  • Average temperature is 56 degrees
  • Start and finish location:
    The Bolles School
    7400 San Jose Blvd.
    Jacksonville, FL 32217

One of the last big races of the year, you’re guaranteed to see lots of friendly faces and TONS of fast runners vying for that coveted Boston Marathon qualifying time!

But don’t worry, you don’t have to be fast to have a blast at this race. With options for a 5K, Half or Full Marathon with generous time limits (3.5 hours for the half and 6 hours for the full) everyone is welcome to come out and run their own race, enjoy the scenery and end the year with a BANG!

I’ll be there with lots of my #CoreCrew squad and ALL my Moms on the Run ladies! Come out and run with us! I might even bring mimosas to celebrate after the race. 🙂

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Ameris Bank 2017

1st Place Sports and Tropical Smoothie Cafe have put together an awesome race for us to end the year so don’t miss it…start time is 7am on Saturday, December 16th!

Need to know more? Check out any of the sites below for race and course info, registration links, pricing and more. Stop by any Tropical Smoothie Cafe location or 1st Place Sports and let them know you appreciate all their hard work and dedication to this sport we love!

Ameris Bank Jacksonville Marathon:
Race Website

1st Place Sports:

Tropical Smoothie Cafe:

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Thanksgiving Day Classic Half Marathon & 5K – Free Race Entry Contest!

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It’s that time of year again….time for one of my favorite races!

The Thanksgiving Day Classic Half Marathon and 5K is THE PERFECT way to start this day. Get out and burn some calories before we eat ALL THE THINGS! 🙂

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I love to let you all know about fun local races, but I don’t usually have the chance to give away an entry to one…and one of my favorites too!

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up, or have been on the fence about spending the money for the race, you’re in luck be cause today is different.

Today I have a race entry to give away…YAY!!

Here’s the deal, this race is put on by 1st Place Sports and Tropical Smoothie Cafe, so in order to win this race entry, you’re going to have to show some love! There are six 1st Place Sports locations and eighteen Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations around Jacksonville and in St Augustine. Links to info for both locations are below.

1st Place Sports locations

Tropical Smoothie Cafe store locater

In order to get into the drawing for this race entry, you need to go to one of these locations, either 1st Place Sports OR Tropical Smoothie Cafe, take a selfie, and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the tags: #1stPlaceSports, #TropicalSmoothieCafe, #ThanksgivingDayClassic & #FreeRaceEntryPlease. You also need to tag me so I see it!

The contest will end Saturday, November 18th at 5pm so you must have your tagged post up by then. I will take all the entries and put them in a random name generator to pull the contest winner!

Easy peasy fun contest! No purchase necessary!

The Thanksgiving Day Classic 5K starts at 6:50am, the Half Marathon starts at 7am, and the 1 mile Turkey Trot starts at 7:05am on Thursday, November 23rd. Find all the race details and registration links on the 1st Place Sports race website or the Thanksgiving Day Class event Facebook page. 

While you’re at 1st Place Sports or Tropical Smoothie Cafe, check out the awesome running gear or yummy food and smoothies! Want to know more about 1st Place Sports or all the deliciousness available at Tropical Smoothie Cafe? You can find tons of good info on their websites and social media pages below! 🙂

1st Place Sports:

Tropical Smoothie Cafe:

You have 3 days, Thursday through Saturday at 5pm so find time to get to 1st Place Sports or Tropical Smoothie Cafe, take your selfie and post your pics with all the hashtags. Contest starts NOW!

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Mandarin 10K and 5K by Bailey’s Health & Fitness

The Mandarin 10K & 5K was my first EVER 10K in 2011 when I had no idea running would be such a huge part of my life! I struggled through this one but what a memory!

Mandarin is a beautiful area to run in, especially down Mandarin road. It’s tree shaded and the view is lovely! The race starts and finishes at the Bailey’s Gym on San Jose at Loretto Road (11740 San Jose Blvd.) and will follow a large loop around Mandarin. The course is flat and fast! Runs through a nice residential neighborhoods, and of course this race is USA Track and Field certified!

Finishers of both the 5K and 10K will receive custom medals and there is free food and drinks at the finish line!

That’s not all….great music will be playing and there will be drawings for prizes!

This is one of the few 10Ks we have in our area so if you’re ready…now is the time! Of course, the 5K is really fun too so whatever distance is your favorite, this is a perfect race to sign up for!

Bring out the family to watch the speed and agility of our fastest Jax runners, these people fly through the course so if you blink you will miss them!

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But don’t worry…there is plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the sunshine while they wait for their favorites to cross….YOU!

Don’t miss out on this fantastic fall race put on by 1st Place Sports and Tropical Smoothie Cafe! Stop by your local Tropical Smoothie Cafe on the way to the race and grab some fuel so you can go the distance. Then show up early and get in a good warm up because this race is FAST!

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If you’re ready to sign up or need more info there’s lots of places to look! Check out the links below, follow them on all your favorite social media site, and get signed up. Its almost time to go for a run! 🙂

1st Place Sports

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

What are you waiting for? This medal is pretty….let’s go for a run and earn some bling!

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Evergreen Pumpkin Run: Take Home a Medal and a Pumpkin!

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Have a Halloween costume you’ll only wear once? Why not make use of it again and come out for a fun, pumpkin lined Halloween race? The annual Evergreen Pumpkin Run is coming up on Sunday, October 29th at 8am!

This annual Halloween race features 10 mile and 5K courses through a beautiful cemetery with pumpkins lining the course that you can take home after the race!

There’s a costume contest with three top winners taking home a $50 1st Place Sports gift card prize. Costume categories include scariest costume, funniest costume and best overall costume. Three chances to take home a prize plus a beautiful Halloween medal for ALL finishers of the 10 mile AND 5K race!


Before or after race, stop by Tropical Smoothie Cafe and try the Green Apple Matcha and the PB Apple Power Up smoothies one last time to make your whole body feel good. Or try the power trio! These are mouthwatering smoothies that are good for your
muscles too. Order through the Tropical Rewards App today! #Hurry #GetItBeforeItsGone #SeriouslyHurry because these seasonal items won’t stick around!

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Oh yeah, cranberry is officially in season and starting October 30th, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is bringing out the cranberries! Taste deliciously sweet smoothies or a
handmade flatbread to get yourself into the holiday spirit.

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All of this yumminess is available at any Tropical Smoothie Cafe location. Click here to find a location near you then #MakeYourMove at the Evergreen Pumpkin Run 10 miler or 5K and wind your way through a spooky cemetery course to the finish line to collect your medal!

Let all your friends know you’re running by joining the Facebook event page and get more info about 1st Place Sports, Tropical Smoothie Cafe and the Evergreen Pumpkin Run below! Don’t wait to sign up…register today!

1st Place Sports:

Tropical Smoothie Cafe:

Below are some pics of me and my Crew from last year’s Pumpkin Run. We had a blast and can’t wait to run again this year. Hope to see you at the race!

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Run Jax Labor Day 5K!

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Most people know Labor Day as an extra day off of work. Fewer know the holiday comes from a time when the government was laying off workers.

It all started with a bad recession in the early 1890s that reduced demand for railway cars, prompting Chicago railway magnate George Pullman to lay off workers and reduce wages. Many of his workers went on strike. The sympathetic American Railway Union refused to handle Pullman cars, hampering commerce in many parts of the country.

Pullman workers started their strike in May 1894. The following month, Congress passed legislation making the first Monday of September a day to recognize workers!

You work hard all year long and you deserve a break. But instead of drinking too much, eating too much, and being lazy and adding on pounds, start your day with a fun 5K brought to us by 1st Place Sports and Tropical Smoothie Cafe!

By starting your day with some exercise, you will increase your endorphins, burn some calories and feel good about taking it easy and having a good meal later in the day!

This race starts from 1st Place Sports on Baymeadows Road and winds through pretty neighborhoods with cheering fans and ends back at 1st Place Sports. But crossing the finish line is just the beginning of the Run Jax 5K festivities. When you’re done running or walking 3.1 miles you’ll grab your finisher medal and a bottle of water then stick around for the HUGE post race celebration!

Race Highlights:

  • Drawings For Prizes
  • Huge Post-Race Celebration
  • Technical Shirts to all Participants
  • Prize Money & Age Group Awards
  • Custom Designed Finisher Medals

After the party, you might head home to get ready for family Labor Day get togethers, but if you don’t have somewhere to rush off to, stop by Tropical Smoothie Cafe for a delicious, healthy sandwich and a energy restoring smoothie!

Click here for Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations near the event and tons of menu options!

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Race details:

If you haven’t already signed up for this race, do it now and come run a fun 5K with me on Labor Day!

RunJax 5K One sheet

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Up for the Tour de Pain Challenge?


Y’all know I love to run and what’s better than 3 races in 24 hours?!? A weekend full of running, beer, food and medals sounds fun! Come run with me! If you’re thinking about signing up, don’t wait! The entry price increase on Tuesday, August 1st!

1st Place Sports is hosting Tour de Pain in Jacksonville, Fl. Friday, August 11th and Saturday, August 12th! Tour de Pain is three separate races….all combined together to give you one BIG ongoing party! Start with a 4 mile race on the beach Friday evening, keep the party going with a Saturday morning 5K, then finish in style with a 1 mile sizzler Saturday afternoon in downtown at the Jacksonville Landing!

Some of us run for competition, some run for the bling, and some of us just run for fun, food and beer! Great news! This race has it ALL!

  • Finisher Medals
  • HUGE Post Race Celebration with FREE beer
  • Moisture Wicking shirts for all participants
  • Awards!

*Awards will not be given for each individual event. They will be given based on total time in all three events.

Your time in each of the three events will be added together to determine your place for the Tour de Pain. If running all 3 races doesn’t sound like tons of fun, You can still be a part of the party! Just pick one race and sign up for that one individually.

Of course, you don’t have to win to get a medal. Finisher Medals will be given to everyone who finishes all three events!

Don’t really care about bling or beer? Come for food! Tropical Smoothie Cafe has some yummy new items for us to try and let me tell you, I had the new Watermelon Mojito Smoothie and it is delicious! Made with fresh watermelon, strawberry lime and mint is the perfect compliment to the Chicken Jerk Wrap. Made with grilled chicken, rice, black beans, roasted pineapple salsa, cheddar & spicy jerk sauce on a flour tortilla the spicy Chicken Jerk Wrap with a refreshing Watermelon Mojito Smoothie is the perfect lunch on a hot day!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for Tour de Pain now and get ready for the big end of the summer party!


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