Inaugural VyStar Emerald Trail 5K

November 21, 2020
Biking starts at 7:30 AM | 5K run/walk starts at 8:00 AM
Duval County Courthouse
501 W. Adams St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Event Gives Participants the Chance to Walk, Run and Bike the Planned Urban Trail

The inaugural VyStar Emerald Trail 5K presented by JTC Running and 1st Place Sports will be Sat., Nov. 21, 2020 and give runners, walkers and cyclists an up-close look at multiple points of interest along a portion of what will become the Emerald Trail. All proceeds benefit Groundwork Jacksonville in designing the Emerald Trail, the city’s 30-mile urban trail and linear park system that will link 16 schools, two colleges and 21 parks among other destinations like restaurants, retail and businesses.
The event begins on the lawn of the Duval County Courthouse at 501 W. Adams St. and will progress along the future LaVilla Link and S-Line Rail Link segments of the trail ending at Andrew Robinson Elementary School. From there, participants can board shuttles back to the courthouse. Cyclists will be provided an alternate return route.
The bike ride begins at 7:30 a.m. in waves of 50 people leaving every five minutes. Runners and walkers will begin at 8:00 a.m. in waves of 100 people every two minutes. The starting wave must be selected at registration. Participants are encouraged to always wear masks and practice social distancing during the event.
The cost is $35 per person, with a $5 early-bird discount through Oct 15. Registration fees increase to $40 after November 1. Pre-registration is required, and the race is limited to 500 participants. Register at Additional sponsorships are also available.
The event includes T-shirts for all entrants, custom medals for all finishers, awards to the top female and male overall finishers and awards to the top three female and male finishers in age groups from 10-and-under to 80+.

About Groundwork Jacksonville: Groundwork Jacksonville, Inc., is the city’s nonprofit partner in building the Emerald Trail and restoring McCoys Creek and Hogans Creek. When complete, the Emerald Trail will transform Jacksonville’s urban core by linking to 16 schools, two colleges and 21 parks among other destinations like restaurants, retail and businesses. Groundwork Jacksonville was formed in 2014 by the City of Jacksonville in partnership with the US National Park Service, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Groundwork USA. Groundwork is one of 21 Trusts across the country and the only Trust in Florida. For more information visit or follow @GroundworkJax.