Vystar Gator Bowl | 1st Place Sports Running
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The New Year's Day 5k

Previously the Gator Bowl 5K

Thursday, january 1, 2015


Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!

Through December 20th $30
December 21st - December 31st $35
Day of Race $40

Discounted Entry:

» There is a $2.00 discount if you own your own chip, but chip number must be entered during registration process.


» Donate $10.00 to "Run for a Child" - more details below!

Register Now


» Click Here to Register Online

Online registration closes the day prior to the beginning of packet pickup. 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, or you can mail in a completed entry form to our Race Office: 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, Fl 32217. Make checks payable to 1st Place Sports Running Club.

» Click Here to Download a Registration Form

Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!

Run For A Child

"Run for a Child" by making a $10 donation to Wolfson Children's Hospital. Every donor will receive a red arm band for a child who is a patient at Wolfson Children's Hospital. When you cross the finish line of the Gator Bowl 5k, you will know that every step you ran is helping to raise funds to care for sick and injured children.

Here is why Wolfson Children's Hospital needs your help:

Miracles happen every day at Wolfson Children's Hospital…a baby breathes on her own, a child with cancer receives a life-giving bone marrow transplant, a little heart is mended, broken bones become whole again….lives are healed.

The other miracle is that no child is turned away. Their doors are open wide, so every child will have access to comprehensive healthcare regardless of their ability to pay. Last year Wolfson Children's Hospital provided over eleven million dollars of charitable and uncompensated care.

When you fill out the entry form for the Gator Bowl 5K, please consider donating an extra $10 to help sick and injured children at Wolfson Children's Hospital.

Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at your selceted 1st Place Sports location on Tuesday, December 30th from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. All packets that are not picked up on at packet pickup will be taken to the race site for race day pickup.

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

Post Race Refreshments

Gatorade, cookies, fruit and beer will be available right after the race at the finish area.

Race Timing

The race will be timed using the MyLaps Timing Chip System (chip must be worn on your shoe during the race). Your entry fee covers the cost of the chip rental. If you have your own chip, you need to enter your chip number on the entry form, and deduct $2.00 from the entry fee. You must cross the timing mats to be included in the results. Do not wear your personal chip if you sign up on raceday!


Awards will be give to the top three men and women overall, first place master's male and female and the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age groups: 10 and under, 11-13, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29,30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+. All awards are given out based on Gun Time, not Chip Time, per USATF Standards.



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Located right next to the starting line is a parking lot and to the immediate east of The Jacksonville Landing next to the Main Street Bridge, there is a lot that offers over 250 parking spaces and is open 24 hours a day. Parking rates vary during special events. There is also a number of public garages and surface lots Downtown along with metered parking spaces that are free every weekday evening on weekends.