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2018 JU River House Run/Walk 5K - in honor of Stephanie Bloom Saturday, October 13, 2018

5K at 8:45 a.m.
Free 1K Fun Run for Kids at 9:30 a.m.

Jacksonville University lost a talented young member of our community, Stephanie Bloom, on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Stephanie passed away just two days after giving birth to her third child. She leaves behind her husband John (MBA '15) and their children: Audrey (age five), John Preston (18 months), and their newborn son Benjamin.

The 2018 JU River House Run/Walk 5K will be held in honor of Stephanie, an ode to her love of running and a celebration of her love for Jacksonville University and its students.

To further honor her legacy and passion for Nursing Education, her family has created The Stephanie Bloom Memorial Scholarship Fund.

All gifts will directly support scholarships for DolphiNurses in the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences.

Stephanie Bloom and family

Partnership Opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities for partnerships with the River House Run/Walk 5K. Learn more through the PDF below, or contact University Advancement for more information.

  • A group of runners after completing River House Run

    A group of runners after completing River House Run

  • A runner getting her medal after completing the River House Run

    A runner getting her medal after completing the River House Run

  • Walkers finishing the River House Run

    Walkers finishing the River House Run

  • Runners celebrating at the River House

    Runners celebrating at the River House

  • A group of runners celebrating at the River House

    A group of runners celebrating at the River House

  • Three children snacking on bananas at the River House

    Three children snacking on bananas at the River House

  • Three runners posing at the River House after the run

    Three runners posing at the River House after the run

Race Info

Help kick off JU Homecoming & Family Weekend! This will be a fun and high-energy 5k run/walk through the beautiful JU campus. Runners will soak in views of the St. Johns, pass under the historic oak trees in the heart of campus and even complete a fast lap on the JU track, with JU athletes cheering you on! The downhill finish will lead you to the "River House Post-Race Party" which includes refreshments, beer, music, and awards. We have cash prizes for the top finishers, medals for all finishers, and JU pint glasses for age-group winners.

Funds from this race will support these programs and great causes at JU:

  • JU Kinesiology Running Research: equipment to study running biomechanics, travel funds for students to present at scientific conferences
  • Scholarships for the Student Veterans of America
  • The JU Annual Fund

Free 1K Fun Run for Kids at 9:30 a.m.

The free 1K fun run starts near the start/finish of the 5K. The 1K course is a lap on the pedestrian path that travels around the “Dolphin Green” by the River. Children will receive a bib and a race clock will be on display by the start/finish (but children are not officially timed). There are no awards given out; this is a participation event. Parents must sign a waiver form for the child. Registration for the fun run begins after the 5K start (from 8:50-9:25AM).

Registration

Registration is open now through 1st Place Sports.

Register Here

Entry Fees

Standard Registration

Early Online Registration
Through Saturday, September 1
$25
Online Registration
Sunday, September 2 – Thursday, October 11
$30

At JU Packet Pickup
Friday, October 12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

$35
Day of Race
Saturday, October 13, at JU
6:30–8:00 a.m.
$40

Discount Registration for JU Students and Youth

These prices are available to current JU students and youth ages 18 and younger. JU students must show current JU ID at packet pickup.

Online Registration
Through Thursday, October 11
$10
At JU Packet Pickup
Friday, October 12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
$15
Day of Race
Saturday, October 13, at JU
6:30–8:00 a.m
$20

Discount Registration for JU Employees

These prices are available to current JU employees. JU employees must show current JU ID at packet pickup.

Online Registration
Through Thursday, October 11
$15
At JU Packet Pickup
Friday, October 12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
$20
Day of Race
Saturday, October 13, at JU
6:30–8:00 a.m
$25

Prizes

Cash Prizes

  • Top 3 overall male and female ($100, $75, $50)
  • Top masters (40+) male and female ($50)
  • Top grand masters (50+) male and female ($50)

Age Group Prizes

  • JU River House Run pint glasses!
  • JU Water bottles for youth age group winners!
  • Top 3 finishers in each age group:
    10 and under, 11-13, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over

Finisher Medal

All participants will receive a custom River House Run/Walk 5K Finisher's Medal!

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be at JU in the Lobby of the Howard Administration Building on Friday, October 12, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Parking is available in the lot directly in front of the Howard Administration Building.

If you cannot make it on Friday, packet pickup will also be available the morning of the race, Saturday, October 13, from 6:30 – 8:00 a.m. at River House.

View a map of the packet pickup location and parking.

Participants receive a River House Run/Walk 5K T-shirt at packet pickup!

Parking

Enter JU at the main entrance (University Blvd and Merrill Road). Signs and students will direct drivers to the large parking lot "down the hill" by the Dolphin Green. Parking is free. The race begins just down the road (by the River House).

View a map of parking for the day of the race.

Restrooms

The JU Baseball complex restrooms will be available for runners before and after the race.

Race Route

  • Beautiful course through JU campus
  • Route includes a lap on the JU track
  • JU athletes and students cheer runners on throughout course
  • Runners pass each other at multiple points on the course
  • Water available on course at two locations

Download a map of the race route (PDF).

Race Directors

Jeff T. Wight, PhD

Jeff T. Wight, PhD

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Jacksonville University
Director, JU Running Biomechanics Laboratory at 1st Place Sports
Member, 1st Place Sports Racing Team

Carena Winters

Carena Winters

Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Jacksonville University
Director, JU Healthy Campus Initiative

Chris T. Robertson, PhD

Chris T. Robertson, PhD

Associate Professor & Program Director, Kinesiology, Jacksonville University

Dave Dobson

David Dobson, MBA

JU Faculty & Shooting Program Dir. Kinesiology
Faculty Sponsor, Student Veterans of America

Ron Grigg

Ron Grigg

Director, Track & Field/Cross Country, Jacksonville University