Gate River Run 2015 Training Class

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


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Members who registered for the Fall Half Marathon Class 2014 are eligible for a discounted entry. Class members have been emailed the code needed to enter.
  • Available to current active members who register online through Sept. 14, 2015
  • Available to current active members signing up online starting Jan. 15, 2015
  • Available to any non-member registering online through Jan. 15, 2015. There is no credit/debit card fee for online registration.
    Includes one year individual membership in JTC Running.
  • Available to any non-member registering online starting Jan. 15, 2015.
    There is no credit/debit card fee for online registration.
    Includes one year individual membership in JTC Running.

There is no fee for paying online with a credit/debit card. PayPal is the preferred payment method but if you do not want to use PayPal select "proceed as guest" on the PayPal screen.
Registration is closed


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
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