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Thanksgiving Distance Classic
Half Marathon & 6K

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2016

  • Half at 7:00 AM  |  6K and Turkey Trot 1 Mile at 6:50 AM   |  Pickwick Plaza

Join Us for this Thanksgiving Day Tradition!

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Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!

  Half Marathon 6K 1 Mile Fun Run
Through October 31st $45 $30 $10
November 1st - November 23rd $50 $35 $12
Day of Race $60 $40 $15

Help Those in Need!

» Please bring in a canned good as part of your entry fee or donate $1.00 when you register.

Discounted Entry:

» Senior and Youth Discount for 6K and Half Marathon: 65 and over and 13 and under receive a $10 discount when registering online. Enter the code below at your online checkout. Discount expires on November 1, 2016.


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» Click Here to Register Online

Online registration closes early. After online registration closes, you can still register in any 1st Place Sports store or on Race day.

On paper or in person:

You can register at any of our 1st Place Sports stores on our instore computers.

Registration Search

Search registrations to confirm your registration status:

In-store Registration Search: Click here

Online Registration Search: Click here

Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at your selected 1st Place Sports location on Tuesday, November 22nd and Wednesday, November 23rd from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. All packets will be moved to the Race Site for day of race pick up starting an hour before the event.

Baymeadows Store: 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jax, FL 32217
San Marco Store: 2018 San Marco Blvd., Jax, FL 32207
Town Center Store: 4870 Big Island Dr., Jax, FL 32246
Jax Beach Store: 424 S. 3rd Street, Jax Beach, FL 32250
Orange Park Store: 2186 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073
St. Augustine Store: 1000 S. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32084

Half Marathon Awards

Cash Prizes:

The following cash awards will be given out: 1st Place Male/Female Overall $500, 2nd Place Male/Female Overall $300, 3rd Place Male/Female Overall $200, 1st Place Male/Female Masters $100.

Age Group Awards:

Awards will also be given to the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.

Finisher Medal

All Half Marathon and 6K participants will receive finisher medals!

6K Awards

All 6K finishers will receive a finisher medal at the finish line. There will not be awards for this distance.

Race Timing

The race will be timed using the Bib Chip timing system. You must cross the timing mats at the start and finish to be included in the results. No personal chips allowed in this race!

Help those in need!

A portion of each entry will be given to the Mandarin Food Bank. You can help too! Donate by bringing in a canned good when you pick up your race packet or make a $1.00 donation when you sign up. Thanks for your help!

Turkey Trot, 1 Mile Fun Run

Children participating in the Turkey Trot receive a shirt at packet pickup and a medal at the finish!


Digital clocks will be located at the each mile and the finish. All miles and turns will be clearly marked. Traffic will be controlled by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. However, you should be aware that traffic will be on the course. Be careful for your own safety. There is a 3.5 hour course limit.

Half Marathon Course:

6K Course:

Post Race Party

Free post race refreshments, fruit and bagels will be available right after the race in Pickwick Plaza parking lot. The awards ceremony will be held at 9:30 AM.

Hotel Accomodations

Embassy Suites

The Embassy Suites will serve as race headquarters. They are offering a special discounted rate to runners. The Embassy Suites is located just east of Interstate 95 on Baymeadows Road at 9300 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, Florida, 32256. Click here for reservations.

Grand Prix Race

This race is an event on the 2016-2017 Jacksonville Grand Prix schedule. Runners who finish in the top ten of their age group will receive points to be counted in the overall series. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the end of the series. For more information about the Grand Prix, click here.

Race Photos

Speedy Banana will be taking photos at this event.

Training Program

The Fall 2016 Half Marathon Class is a 12-week program preparing individuals to participate in the Thanksgiving Distance Half Marathon. The class starts on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 1st Place Sports, Town Center Store at 6:30 PM.

To register or for more information, visit


If you'd like to volunteer for this event, click here!