Upcoming events

    • September 09, 2014
    • 6:30 PM
    • November 26, 2014
    • 1st Place Sports Town Center Store


    The Fall 2014 Half Marathon Class is a 12-week
    program preparing individuals to participate in a
    half marathon this fall. The class starts on Tuesday,
    September 9, 2014 at 1st Place Sports, Town Center
    Store (4870 Big Island Drive) at 6:30 PM (come prepared for a short run that evening).

    The class can serve as a stepping stone for those planning to complete a marathon in December or January. The target half marathon is the Subaru Distance Classic Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, 2014. If not able to participate on Thanksgiving Day, a good alternate half marathon would be the Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon on December 28, 2014.

    Most participants will progress towards completing the entire half marathon running, but others may prefer a walk/run combination to complete the race. It is recommended that you be running or walk/running three times per week for two to three weeks preceding the class start date. Please take it slow and easy if you are not currently training.

    The program will accommodate all levels of runners, so everyone is  encouraged to participate in the training class. Pace groups will be formed to complete training runs at 17 minutes per mile and faster. You will be encouraged and assisted to tailor your training program to fit your specific fitness level, time constraints and running goals.

    The class will meet every Tuesday for group runs and selected Saturdays for long runs throughout the training schedule. Be prepared to train 4-5 times per week for a significant benefit. Tuesday we will meet at 6:30 PM, conduct a group discussion and depart for a training run at 6:45 – 7:00 PM. The Tuesday meeting location is on the River Walk near the Yates YMCA in Riverside, except for the first class.

    We will meet Saturdays at 7 AM starting Sept. 13 and every other weekend for a long group run in varying locations throughout the Jacksonville area: Downtown, Ortega, Orange Park, San Marco and Fleming Island. Saturday group runs are scheduled for Sept. 13 and 27, Oct. 18, and Nov. 1 and 15. Being present at any particular training event or day is not a requirement to benefit from the class.


    Group discussions conducted most Tuesdays prior
    to Group Runs will cover:
    » Training Plan Development
    » Running Shoe Selection
    » Nutrition
    » Running Clothing and Specialty Products
    » Heart Rate Monitor Training

    » Varied Training
    » Cross Training
    » Night before and Race Day Preparation


    The class is conducted by John and Denise Metzgar who
    have led numerous classes preparing participants
    for distances from the 5K (3.1miles) to the Half
    Marathon (13.1 miles). They have been running competitively for more than 25 years. In addition to John and Denise there will be pace group leaders providing additional guidance and encouragement.


    Save money by registering and paying online. There is no fee for credit/debit card payment online.


                                  JTC Member    Non Member            

    Through Sept. 15th:         $50                $65

    Starting Sept. 16th:          $60                $75


                                  JTC Member    Non Member            

    Through Sept. 15th:         $55                $70

    Starting Sept. 16th:          $65                $80

    For a paper registration form click HERE.


    For more information continue checking online at  www.jtcrunning.com, 1stplacesports.com, or e-mail John at johnmetzgar4@gmail.com (with a subject line “Half Marathon 2014”). If you need to talk to John you may phone him at (904) 716-1020. (please call in the evening between 5 and 9 PM. Leave a message if necessary) E-mail is the preferred and primary contact method for the class.

    Value of JTC Running Membership

    Founded in October 1975, JTC Running is Northeast Florida’s preeminent promoter of healthy lifestyles through running, fitness, and fellowship. It is both a social club with
    several varying events per year and a philanthropic organization that seeks to benefit runners of all types.


    • A subscription to “The Starting Line” - our bimonthly newsletter about the club, events, and running information.
      Discounted entry fees at most JTC Running events (Gate River Run, Summer & Winter Beaches, Guana, Last Gasp)
    • Access to the JTC Running hospitality tent at the Gate River Run where members enjoy refreshments, bag check, and exclusive port-a-lets.
      Social events - A couple times a year we have non-running casual get togethers.
      Local training runs - many of which have running mentors.
      Discounts on merchandise at many sports stores and other stores in Jacksonville area - see website for complete list: www.jtcrunning.com
    • December 14, 2014
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Sulzbacher Center, 611 E Adams St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Did you know that every night in Jacksonville about 3,000 men, women and children are homeless? That is a staggering number. If you are reading this, you are probably not one of them. - our membership is generally pretty well off! I’ve seen the fancy running clothes and shoes you wear!


    So, why not take some time to give back to our community? At JTC, we are committed to making Jacksonville a better place to live. And serving those who need a hand is a great way to do it. The Sulzbacher Center is an incredible resource for the homeless and not only offers meals 7 days a week, 365 days a year, they provide health care, children programs, job placement, and life skill programs. They are truly helping folks restore their lives.


    We are seeking about 12 volunteers to cook and serve dinner at the Sulzbacher Center, Sunday, Dec. 14th.


    Absolutely no experience needed! Just bring your positive energy and willing hands, as well as any gently used running shoes you would like to donate to Sulzbacher residents.


    Cooking shift is from 3:00pm-5:30pm; serving shift is from 5:30pm-7:00pm (you can select one or both shifts).
    • December 21, 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Jacksonville University


    ENTRIES: Early online registration $18 (JTC Members $13). Paper registration $20 (JTC Members $15). There are no credit/debit card fees for online registration. Save $2.00 plus a $.49 stamp and enter online. Race day $25 for all. Entries accepted at the starting line (baseball stadium) on race day
    between 12:30 and 1:45 PM. For a paper registration form click HERE.

    COURSE: The course consists of two laps over grass, dirt, hills and golf course. Spikes may be worn.

    Trophies to first open and masters male and female.
    Awards to the top 10 men & women overall plus the top 3 in each of the following age groups: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over.

    TEAM COMPETITION: 5 to run (max), 4 to score. Usual cross country scoring. All team members must be registered individually.
    Awards to overall teams in 2 categories; men’s open, women’s open. Team registration day of race.

    Shirts are guaranteed on race day if registration has been received by 12/5/2014.

    POST RACE PARTY: A party will be held in conjunction with the awards presentation from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. at The Scoreboard
    Sports Bar & Grill at 6051 Merrill Road.

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