Upcoming events

    • January 08, 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • March 14, 2015
    • 1st Place Sports Town Center Store


    The 2015 Gate River Run Class is a nine week
    program preparing individuals to participate in the Gate River Run on March 14, 2015. The class starts on Thursday,
    January 8, 2015 at 1st Place Sports, Town Center
    Store (4870 Big Island Drive) at 6:30 PM (come prepared for a short run that evening).

    Most participants will progress towards completing the entire 15k 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 starting Jan. 13 at 6:30 PM for a group run. We will conduct a group discussion and depart for a training run at 6:45 – 7:00 PM. The Tuesday location is on the River Walk near the Yates YMCA in Riverside.


    We will meet every other weekend on either Saturday or Sunday at 7:00 AM for a long group run in varying locations throughout the Jacksonville area: Downtown, Ortega, Orange Park, San Marco and Fleming Island:

    Jan 10 (Saturday)
    Jan 25 (Sunday)
    Feb 07 (Saturday)
    Feb 21 (Saturday)
    Mar 07 (Saturday)

    Being present at any particular training event or day is not a requirement to benefit from the class but be prepared to train 4-5 times per week for a significant benefit.


    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. Participants in the 2014 Fall Half Marathon Class have been emailed $5 discount codes for entry in this class.


                                  JTC Member    Non Member            

    Through Jan. 14th:         $50                $65

    Starting  Jan. 15th:         $60                $75


                                  JTC Member    Non Member            

    Through Jan. 14th:         $55                $70

    Starting  Jan. 15th:         $65                $80

    For a paper registration form click HERE.


    For more information continue checking online at  www.jtcrunning.com, or e-mail John at johnmetzgar4@gmail.com (with a subject line “Gate River Run 2015”). 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 Beach Runs, 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 - through the year we have non-running casual get togethers.
    • Training runs at different locations throughout Jacksonville- 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
    • March 12, 2015
    • 10:30 AM
    • March 13, 2015
    • 8:00 PM
    • Jacksonville Fairgrounds

    *volunteers needed for 1:00-4:00 pm shifts on Thursday and Friday  *

    The Gate River Run is JTC Running's premier event! Come support JTC Running by staffing our booth at the Gate River Run Runners Expo!
    You will meet runners from Jacksonville and all over the country and have the opportunity to present our Club to them.
    • March 14, 2015
    • 6:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Jacksonville Fairgrounds
    The Gate River Run is JTC Running's premier event! Come support JTC Running by staffing our Hospitality Tent at the Gate River Run!
    If you can't run the race you can still participate!
    Help with Bag Check or Membership!
    • March 28, 2015
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Sulzbacher Center, 611 E Adams St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
    • 15
    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, Saturday, March 28th.


    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).
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