Tijuana Flats Summer Beach Run | 1st Place Sports Running

Tijuana Flats Summer Beach Run 5 Mile

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Race Details

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    » Event Tank Tops
    » Large Finishers Medal
    » Free Tacos from Tijuana Flats
    » Live Band
    » Free Beer

50 Years+ and Still Running!

The first Summer Beach Run was held in 1965 when the Beatles were taking the US by storm. Long hair with long sideburns was the rage, and we had not yet put a man on the moon. The first event consisted of 25 to 30 runners who were taken by truck to the starting line at Hannah Park. There were only men running the race that year. Most were high school cross country runners getting ready for the season. The race is those days was a straight shot down the beach to the Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station. The Seawalk Pavilion would not be built for another 40 years. Last year over 1,500 runners and walkers celebrated the 51st running of the event. Join us on August 20th for the oldest running event in Florida. The Tijuana Flats Summer Beach Run event consists of a 5 mile and 1 mile run on the firmly packed sand at Jacksonville Beach. After the conclusion of the run, a huge post-race celebration will be held featuring a live band, free beer, and tacos from Tijuana Flats.

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Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!

  5 Mile 1 Mile
Through August 13th $25 $12
August 14th - August 19th $30 $12
Day of Race $35 $12

Discounted Entry:

» JTC Running members receive $2.00 off through August 19th!

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

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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:

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Event Tank Top

Each participant will receive a Summer Beach Run tank top!

Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at your selected 1st Place Sports locations on Thursday, August 18th and Friday, August 19th from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. All packets will be moved to the Jacksonville Seawalk Pavilion for raceday pick up starting at 4:30 PM.

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

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!

One Mile Fun Run

One Mile Fun run starts at 6:05 PM at 5 mile starting line. The race is out 1/2 mile and then back to the finish at the start area. Medals will be given to all children in this event.


Cash awards of $150, $100 & $50 will be paid to the top three men and women overall. Beach towels will be given to the top 5 men and women overall, the top 3 masters male and female finishers, and to the top 3 finishers in each of the following men's and women's divisions: 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 & over.

Finisher Medal

All participants will receive a finisher medal!

Directions To Race Site

The SeaWalk Pavilion is located where Beach Blvd. meets the ocean in Jacksonville Beach. Take Butler Boulevard (Highway 202, Exit 344) from I-95 to A1A and then north three miles to Beach Boulevard.

» Click here for directions on Google Map


Arrive early to avoid parking problems. There is a large parking lot between the Seawalk Pavilion and Carrabba's Italian Grill. Once this lot is full, you will have to look for parking spots farther from the starting area. The later you arrive, the farther away you will have to park.

Towing in the Wachovia Bank Parking lot is being enforced even though the bank is closed.

JTA has the Beaches Trolley that runs up and down 3rd Street between the South Beach Parkway Shopping Center and the Atlantic Village Shopping Center. Ride cost: $1 each way. On Saturday during the summer, it runs until 2 a.m. and hits numerous stops about 20 minutes apart. So you'll have lots of party time after the SBR Party is over!!

As always, the streets are a free for all; park responsibly and don't get towed!!

Race Photos

Speedy Banana will be taking photos for this race.


The 5 mile and one mile course is out-and-back on the beach. Both races will start heading south. Digital clocks will be located at each mile. The turn-around point will be clearly marked with signs and cones. Water stations will be located at each mile. The race will be held near low tide to ensure adequate beach for all runners.


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

Post Race Celebration with Tijuana Flats

We would like to once again, welcome Tijuana Flats as the title sponsor of the Summer Beach Run. Tijuana Flats will be providing free food to all participants and beer to all legal age participants at the Seawalk Pavilion right after the race. The Rick Arcusa Band will be the featured band! Stick around after the race and enjoy the evening. The awards ceremony will start at 7:45 PM. Prize money will be awarded to the overall winners, plus beach towels will be given to age group winners.

Grand Prix Event

The Summer Beach Run is a Jacksonville Grand Prix event. 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.

Previous Winners

Year Men's Names Time Women's Names Time
1965 Del Lewis 26:49.0 none
1966 Del Lewis 28:42.3 none
1967 Ken Misner 28:04.7 none
1968 Ken Misner 26:17.5 Glena Mackey 44:18:00
1969 Ken Misner 23:26.9 Mary Harden 49:00:00
1970 Ken Misner 25:54.5 Kathy Ford 43:43:00
  Jack Bachelor 25:54.5
1971 Jack Bachelor 25:30:00 Jacquelin Priestley 37:53:00
1972 Bill Blewett 27:41.9 Margaret Tolbert 36:39:00
1973 Ken Misner 24:17:00 Emily Cade ?
1974 Dennis Skelton 24:54:00 Janis Gage 34:53:00
1975 Barry Brown 26:18:00 Pam peterson 41:00:00
1976 Tim Simpkins 26:33:00 Janis Gage 31:58:00
1977 Ken Misner 24:07:00 Janis Gage 30:24:00
1978 Wally Rodriguez 25:33:00 Laura Ledbetter 31:44:00
1979 Mike Wachholz 26:35:00 Darien Andrea 32:39:00
1980 Mabry McCray 25:39:00 Darien Andrea 30:54:00
1981 John Rogerson 23:59 Laura Ledbetter 29:50:00
1982 Benji Durden 24:09:00 Laura Ledbetter 28:49:00
1983 Mabry McCray 24:34:00 Jane Millspaugh 30:32:00
1984 Dennis Stark 24:58:00 Donna Combs 30:46:00
1985 Mike Wachholz 23:52 Lanier Drew 28:33:00
1986 Dean Matthews 25:27:00 Lanier Drew 30:39:00
1987 Peter Gamble 25:41:00 Betsy Veronee 30:34:00
1988 Ron Borsheim 27:19:00 Kelly LaDuke 30:11:00
1989 Declan Doyle 26:01:00 Lisa Emery 29:47:00
1990 Mark Kathman 26:42:00 Lisa Emery 31:37:00
1991 Earl Stoner 24:46:00 Monica O'Reilly 28:31:00
1992 Earl Stoner 25:20:00 Wendy Frazier 29:13:00
1993 Mark VanAlstyne 26:38:00 Beth Michael 30:53:00
1994 Jon Dennis 25:54:00 Patty VanAlstyne 30:22:00
1995 Rick Patterson 26:01:00 Sylvia Fisher 31:43:00
1996 Rick Patterson 26:25:00 Kimberly Bruce 29:52:00
1997 Randy Hollinger 25:45:00 Cathy Vasto 28:53:00
1998 Mark VanAlstyne 26:12:00 Kim Pawelek 29:33:00
1999 Said Diri 28:33:00 Donna Garcia 30:13:00
2000 Brian Fleischmann 27:48:00 Kim Pawelek 29:25:00
2001 Lee Yaracs 26:34:00 Kim Pawelek 29:13:00
2002 Owen Shott 29:04:00 Kim Pawelek 30:26:00
2003 Zeph Joseph 25:52:00 Kim Pawelek 29:28:00
2004 Jerry Reckart 26:39:00 Garin Glenn 30:27:00
2005 Josh Johnson 28:06:00 Michelle Krueger 32:47:00
2006 Owen Shott 27:55:00 Kim Pawelek 31:31:00
2007 Justin Jacobs 27:50:00 Kim Pawelek 30:17:00
2008 Justin Jacobs 28:04:00 Sopagna Eap 30:31:00
2009 Justin Jacobs 27:12:00 Kim Pawelek 30:06:00
2010 Chris Mutai 27:17:00 Lindsay Sundell 28:59:00
2011 Rich Tremain 29:21:00 Liubov Denisova 30:30:00
2012 Fabian Manzano 29:45:00 Kim Pawelek Brantly 32:34:00
2013 Stephen Pifer 27:17:00 Kim Pawelek Brantly 30:30:00
2014 Jeremy Criscione 26:57:00 Svenja Meyer 31:23:00
2015 Chris Mutai 26:33:00 Audrey Maheu 30:26:00


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