FALL 2020 Half Marathon Training Class

  • September 08, 2020
  • 6:15 PM
  • November 26, 2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • Outside 1st Place Sports Baymeadows Store, 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, 32217


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Members who registered for a previous training class are eligible for a discounted entry. They will be emailed the discount code.
  • Available to current active members who register online by Sept. 15, 2020
  • Available to current active members signing up online starting Sept. 16, 2020
  • Available to any non-member registering online through Sept. 15, 2020. 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 Sept. 16, 2020.
    There is no credit/debit card fee for online registration.
    Includes one year individual membership in JTC Running.

Registration is closed


The Fall 2020 Half Marathon Class is a 12-week
program preparing individuals to participate in a
half marathon this fall. The class starts on Tuesday,
September 8, 2020 outside 1st Place Sports, Baymeadows Store at 6:15 PM (come prepared for a short run that evening after a brief introduction). Masks until run start and social distancing are required.

For a short video about the class, click HERE!

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 Ameris Bank Jacksonville Half Marathon on December 20, 2020.


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 15 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 Saturdays for long runs throughout the training schedule. Be prepared to train 4-5 times per week for a significant benefit. Tuesdays we will meet at 6:20 PM for an optional warm up and depart for a training run at 6:30 PM. The Tuesday meeting location is on the River Walk near the Winston Family YMCA in Riverside, except for the first class on Wednesday, September 8th.  Group discussions will be sent to participants via email, as well as, posted in the class Facebook page.  

We will meet Saturdays at 7 AM starting September 12 and for a long group run in varying locations throughout the Jacksonville area: Downtown, Ortega, Nocatee, San Marco, Riverside, UNF, and the Beaches area.  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:

» Running Safety

» Training Plan Development

» Running Shoe Selection

» Nutrition

» Strength Training

» Injury Prevention

» Night before and Race Day Preparation


The class is conducted by Jennifer DeSantis.  She is a certified Level 1 RRCA Running Coach and a Health and Wellness coach who has worked with people of all levels training for various events. She has raced numerous races from 5Ks (3.1) to Marathons (26.2) across the country. In addition to Jennifer,  there will be pace group leaders providing additional guidance and encouragement.


There is no fee for credit/debit card payment online.


                         JTC Member          Non Member            

Through Sept. 15:  $45          $60 (includes one year membership)

Starting Sept. 16:    $55          $70 (includes one year membership)

Members of previous classes will be emailed a discount code for the special $40 previous class rate. Class shirts are a $7 option for all entrants.


For more information continue checking online at  www.jtcrunning.com, or e-mail Jennifer at desantisfitness@gmail.com (with a subject line “Half Marathon 2020”). If you need to talk to Jennifer, you may phone her at (703)969-6788. (please call in the evening between 5 and 9 PM. Leave a message if necessary) E-mail or Text 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.
  • Coached members-only track workouts Wednesday 5:30 am and 5:30 pm at The Bolles School.
  • Social events - Several 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
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