Gate River Run 2021 Training Class

  • January 12, 2021
  • 6:15 PM
  • March 20, 2021
  • 1st Place Sports, 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Members who registered for a prior Training Class 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 Jan. 20, 2021
  • Available to current active members signing up online starting Jan. 21, 2021
  • Available to any non-member registering online through Jan. 20, 2021. 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. 21, 2021.
    There is no credit/debit card fee for online registration.
    Includes one year individual membership in JTC Running.

Registration is closed


The 2021 Gate River Run Class is a nine week
program preparing individuals to participate in the Gate River Run on March 20, 2020. The class starts on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 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.

Most participants will progress towards completing the entire 15k running, but others may prefer a walk/run combination to complete the race. This class is not a beginning 5k class, so 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 14 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. 19 at 6:30 PM for a group run. Due to COVID-19, there will not be live group discussions before the run, however there will be an optional warmup that begins at 6:20pm.  The groups will take off at 6:30pm for the run. The Tuesday location is on the River Walk near the Winston Family YMCA in Riverside.


We will meet Saturdays starting January 16th at 7:00 AM for long group run in varying locations throughout the Jacksonville area: Downtown, Ortega, Nocatee, San Marco and the Beaches area.

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

» Stretching/Foam Rolling 

» Injury Prevention

» Running Shoe Selection

» Nutrition

» Running Clothing and Specialty Products

» Cross Training/Strength Training

» Night before and Race Day Preparation


The class is conducted by Jennifer DeSantis who is an RRCA Certified running coach and a Personal Trainer 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.  Her mission is to help you become a stronger, confident athlete so you can reach your running goals.  In addition to Jennifer,  there will be pace leaders providing additional guidance and encouragement.


Registration is online. There is no fee for credit/debit card payment online. Participants in prior Gate River Run and Fall Half Marathon Classes have been emailed $5 discount codes for entry in this class.

                              JTC Member    Non Member            

Through Jan. 20, 2021:         $50                $65

Starting  Jan. 21, 2021:         $60                $75

Active members who have done a previous class will be emailed a code to register at the $45 previous class rate.

Class shirts are a $7 option for all entrants. Design is below. 


For more information continue checking online at, or e-mail Jennifer at (with a subject line “Gate River Run 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) Text or 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)
  • 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.
  • Coached members-only track workouts Wednesday 5:30 am and 5:30 pm at The Bolles School