NEW in 2019, DONNA Marathon Weekend will start and finish in the heart of Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach, Florida. Known by locals as the Beaches Town Center, this oceanfront destination twelve miles east of downtown Jacksonville offers a wealth of choices to shop, dine, relax and now race!
2019 Schedule of Events
Your DONNA race staff is working to plan a reimagined, Marathon Weekend you won’t forget. Check back often for updates. #PardonOurDust #RunDONNA #TogetherWeWill
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8th
Social Shakeout Run
8:00 a.m. – 3 Mile Run/Walk with Donna Deegan, DONNA Special Guests and VIPinks
FREE and Open to All
DONNA Packet Pickup & Community Expo
500 Atlantic Blvd.
Neptune Beach, FL [map]
“The Old K-Mart”
Open Noon – 6 p.m.
On-site registration and packet pick-up are available during expo hours
Free and Open to the Public, Free Parking
Your reimagined DONNA Marathon Weekend brings the DONNA Health & Fitness Expo to the beach! We are transforming the “Old K-Mart” and rolling out the pink carpet to our entire community.
DONNA VIP Reception presented by Ashley HomeStore, Banfi Vineyards & Sawgrass Marriott
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
1000 PGA Tour Blvd [map]
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The DONNA Foundation honors sponsors and special guests each year at this VIP Reception and cocktail party. Want to know how you can score an invitation? Be a top fundraiser »
Mayo Clinic Advances in Breast Cancer Management 2019
February 8 – 9, 2019
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Mayo Clinic Course Directors: Minetta Liu, M.D., Alvaro Moreno-Aspitia, M.D., and Kathryn Ruddy, M.D.
Course Brochure (PDF)
More information and to register »
This course will provide an overview of the most recent advances in the management of patients with early and advanced stage breast cancer. Topics include imaging, radiation therapy, surgery, genomic testing, systemic therapy, survivorship, and palliative care. The course is intended to provide practical, evidence-based information on clinically relevant issues for physicians and allied health personnel involved in patient care. The didactic format will provide significant opportunities for interaction with the expert faculty and other attendees via interactive keypad systems, case presentations, panel discussions, and open question and answer sessions.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9th
DONNA 5K presented by Jaguars Foundation and AXA
DONNA Family Fun Run presented by Jaguars Foundation
Beaches Town Center [Map]
- 6:00 a.m. Registration and Packet Pickup Opens inside the “K-Mart” Expo
- 7:30 a.m. Warm up with Retro Fitness, Official DONNA Personal Trainers
- 8:00 a.m. 5K Start
- 9:00 a.m. Fun Run Start
5K participants earn our signature Running Ribbon medal and experience a reimagined 5K at the beach! The 5K will be a timed event. Our fun run is perfect for families and will be an out and back course of up to one mile.
DONNA Packet Pickup & Community Expo
Open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | 500 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach [map]
On-site Registration and Race Packet Pickup
Free and open to the public, Free Parking
DONNA 110 Ultra Marathon
Beaches Town Center [Map]
7:30 a.m. 110 Start
Athletes will cover 110 miles to Finish Breast Cancer through the night in beautiful Atlantic Beach, Florida. DONNA Curb Crews are invited all night to cheer these participants to the finish line.
Fundraiser Dinner with Donna and Mayo Clinic
4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville
4:45 p.m. Optional Lab Tour
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Dinner
We look forward to a special evening honoring top fundraisers and sharing an update on research advances and sharing stories of families you support through The DONNA Foundation.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th
#runDONNA and #TogetherWeWILL
26.2 with DONNA National Marathon and Half Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer
4:00 a.m. Shuttle Parking Opens at UNF Lot 18
5:00 a.m. Runner’s Village Opens
7:27 a.m. Wheelchair Start
7:30 a.m. Official Start | DONNA Start Line in Beaches Town Center
Fundraiser Experience Morning Hospitality
Presented by Southern Grounds
5:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. | Southern Grounds in Beaches Town Center
Invitation Only, Credential Required
Participants of the DONNA Fundraiser Experience celebrate in first class. Want to know how you can score an invitation? Be a top fundraiser »
Ruth’s Chris VIP Viewing Celebration
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
DONNA Finish Line in Beaches Town Center
By Invitation Only
The DONNA Foundation hosts sponsors and special guests for a front row seat to the finish. Want to know how you can score an invitation? Be a top fundraiser »
DONNA Post Race Party
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Runners’ Village in Beaches Town Center
Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
10:00 a.m. | Runners’ Village in Beaches Town Center
Marathon Awards Ceremony
12:00 p.m. | Runners’ Village in Beaches Town Center
26.3 Party hosted by Jeff Galloway
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Runners’ Village in Beaches Town Center
Open to All!
Celebrating all Marathon Finishers crossing the finish line after the 6 hour mark, join Jeff and Barb Galloway for the DONNA 26.3 Party.
Transportation and Parking
Transportation details subject to change. Please check back often for updates.
Expo and Packet Pickup
The DONNA Expo will be held at 500 Atlantic Blvd in Neptune Beach, Florida. Locals will recognize this location as the “Old K-Mart”, and is across the street from Beaches Town Center at the heart of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach, Florida. All are welcome and may park on a first come, first served basis during Expo hours. Beginning Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 6 PM all vehicles without a parking pass will be towed.
The DONNA 5K and Family Fun Run will be held in the Beaches Town Center. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis from the Expo parking area. Beginning Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 6 PM all vehicles without a parking pass will be towed.
Participant Drop-off and Rideshare
All weekend, a designated area for drop-off and rideshare services (Uber, Lyft, etc.) will be available in the Expo parking area at 500 Atlantic Blvd.
Ride Share Drop Off: Heading East on Atlantic Blvd. ONLY, RIGHT into 580 Atlantic Blvd, First Entrance, Continue through parking lot, turn LEFT, Load/Unload in front of DONNA Community Expo, continue through parking lot, exit at Lemon St and A1A/3rd St. RIGHT TURN ONLY, continue southbound on A1A/3rd.
All weekend, bicycle ‘valet’ parking will be available at the Expo. Roll-up to the garden center entrance and we’ll take care of the rest.
marathon sunday Shuttles
There will be FREE parking for all participants at the University of North Florida, Lot 18 beginning 4:00 a.m. race morning. Continuous shuttle service to the start/finish will run from 4:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please arrive early and allow time for traffic delays.
From JT Butler Blvd | FL-202 take the FL-9A/Interstate 295 exit toward International Airport/Daytona Beach. Take exit 52 for Town Center Pkwy toward University of North Florida Drive. Keep right and follow signs for University of North Florida. From the I-295 UNF campus entrance, turn left on Eco Road, just past the UPD Police Building.
From the Kernan Boulevard UNF campus entrance, turn right off Alumni Drive at the fountain onto UNF Drive. Follow UNF Drive and take a right onto Varsity Lane located before the Arena building (34) and garage (38). Follow it to Lot 18.
From Beach Blvd: At the FSCJ intersection (FSCJ is on the north side of the road), turn onto Central Parkway and follow the road until you see UNF Parking on the left.
Shuttle service will also be provided from our host hotel Sawgrass Marriott Resort for registered hotel guests only.
Please note that access to communities along the route may be inhibited for up to seven hours beginning at 6:00 a.m. on race day. Please plan for delays. No vehicles will be permitted to park on impacted city streets beginning Saturday, February 9 after 6 p.m. through Sunday, February 10, until the streets are opened for access.
Galloway Pace Groups
powered by Momentum Transportation USA
DONNA is proud to offer Official Galloway Pacers powered by Momentum Transportation USA for the Marathon and Half Marathon events. Program Directors and Pace Group Leaders from around the country are coming here to pace our runners to Boston Qualifying times, personal bests, or just an official finish. How do you join a pace group? Just look for our Galloway Pacers before the race, stick with them throughout the run, and remember to move to the right of the road during walk breaks. All pacers will be easily identifiable before and during the race and will be using Jeff Galloway’s run/walk/run method for the entire 26.2 or 13.1 miles. For more information on this method, please visit jeffgalloway.com.
Pace Groups (Subject to Change)
The following marathon pace groups will be available:
- 4:00 GOAL FINISH TIME (2 min run/30 sec walk)
- 4:15 GOAL FINISH TIME (1:45 min run/30 sec walk)
- 4:30 GOAL FINISH TIME (1:30 min run/30 sec walk)
- 4:45 GOAL FINISH TIME (1 min run/30 sec walk)
- 5:00 GOAL FINISH TIME (1 min run/30 sec walk)
- 5:15 GOAL FINISH TIME (1 min run/30 sec walk)
- 5:30 GOAL FINISH TIME (30 sec run/30 sec walk)
- 5:45 GOAL FINISH TIME (30 sec run/30 sec walk)
- 6:00 GOAL FINISH TIME (30 sec run/30 sec walk)
- 6:30 GOAL FINISH TIME (15 sec run/30 sec walk)
- 7:00 GOAL FINISH TIME (15 sec run/30 sec walk)
The following half-marathon pace groups will be available:
- 1:45 GOAL FINISH TIME (4 min run/30 sec walk)
- 1:50 GOAL FINISH TIME (4 min run/30 sec walk)
- 2:00 GOAL FINISH TIME (2 min run/30 sec walk)
- 2:15 GOAL FINISH TIME (1:30 min run/30 sec walk)
- 2:30 GOAL FINISH TIME (1 min run/30 sec walk)
- 2:45 GOAL FINISH TIME (30 sec run/30 sec walk)
- 3:00 GOAL FINISH TIME (30 sec run/30 sec walk)
- 3:15 GOAL FINISH TIME (15 sec run/30 sec walk)
- 3:30 GOAL FINISH TIME (15 sec run/30 sec walk)
- 4:00 GOAL FINISH TIME (10 sec run/30 sec walk)
“Meet the Pacers Courtesy of Momentum Transportation USA” meet and greets will be held at the DONNA Expo on Friday, February 8 and Saturday February 9 throughout the day. Also look for pacers at the Jeff Galloway Training Programs booth to answer any of your pacing questions.
If you are interested in becoming a pace leader for the marathon, please contact us.
Timing and Awards
All races are chip timed, courtesy of the accounting firm Pivot CPAs and managed by 1st Place Sports. Live results are available in the DONNA Marathon Weekend App.
The top breast cancer survivor in the full and half marathon events will be honored with an engraved Prism award from Tiffany & Co. The top overall male and female in both the full and the half marathon events will also receive an award from Tiffany & Co.
Overall awards will also be presented to the top three overall masters, male and female finishers of the full and half marathon and 5K events.
Top age group Finisher Awards
Top Finisher Age Group Awards will be presented to the top three finishers of the full and half marathon and 5K events in each of the following male and female age groups: 19 & under, 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 and over.
Awards will also be presented to the top three wheelchair and rucking divisions.
Racing the DONNA Booby Trap Challenge? Overall awards will be presented to the top three men and women in the challenge determined by overall time for all three events based on chip times.
To best serve the mission of The DONNA Foundation to raise funds for ground breaking breast cancer research and women living with breast cancer, there will be no prize purse for the 12th Annual DONNA Marathon event.
EVENT ALERT SYSTEM
EAS Status for Marathon Sunday is GREEN
A color-coded Event Alert System (EAS) will be used to communicate the status of course conditions to participants leading up to and on race day. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based primarily on the weather, as well as other conditions.
The DONNA Medical Director Dr. Sara Filmalter and Meteorologist Tim Deegan along with the rest of the Race Communications team, will determine and execute the specific alert level on race day.
- E-mail, Facebook, Twitter and website communication during race week will inform participants of the current Event Alert System status and provide preparation tips based on advance weather forecasts.
- Updates will be made at the DONNA Expo via public address announcements and color-coded flags will be displayed in the packet pickup area indicating current levels.
- On race day, the current Event Alert System status will be communicated via public address announcements and color-coded signs/flags at the start and finish areas, and along the course at each of the aid station locations.
- All participants should familiarize themselves with the Event Alert System prior to the race, remain alert for directions from race officials and announcers and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather conditions on race day.