In 2020, DONNA Marathon Weekend will again 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!

 

2020 Schedule of Events

Your DONNA race staff is working to plan a Marathon Weekend you won’t forget. Check back often for updates. #RunDONNA #TogetherWeWill

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th

Social Shakeout Run

Southern Grounds, The Courtyard at 200 First Street
200 1st Street, Neptune Beach [map]

8:00 a.m. – 3 Mile Run/Walk with Donna Deegan, DONNA Special Guests and VIPinks
FREE and Open to All

DONNA Health & Wellness Expo presented by Venus Fashion

Morocco Shrine Auditorium
3800 St Johns Bluff Rd S
Jacksonville, FL [map]
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

It has been said our expo is the best in the industry, and this year we are going retro. Returning to our original home, we are excited to pink up the Morocco Shrine Auditorium. Centrally located, this venue will also serve as our parking and transportation hub DONNA Marathon Sunday. Pick up your FCN Runner’s bag with your Genentech bib that includes your timing chip courtesy of Pivot CPAs.

DONNA VIP Reception presented by Sawgrass Marriott

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
1000 PGA Tour Blvd [map]
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Invitation Only

The DONNA Foundation honors sponsors and special guests each year at this VIP Reception and cocktail party.

Mayo Clinic Advances in Breast Cancer Management 2020

February 7 – 8, 2020
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Mayo Clinic Course Directors: Alvaro Moreno-Aspitia, M.D., Minetta Liu, M.D. and Kathryn Ruddy, M.D.
Advances Breast Cancer Management 2020 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, brain metastases, genomic testing, systemic therapy and survivorship. 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.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th

DONNA 5K & Family Fun Run presented by AXA and Jaguars Foundation

Beaches Town Center [Map]

  • 6:00 a.m. Registration and Packet Pickup Opens inside Athletes’ Village
  • 8:00 a.m. 5K Start
  • 9:00 a.m. Fun Run Start

5K participants earn our signature Running Ribbon medal and experience a 5K Beach Block Party! Raise your hands high as you cross the Black Knight finish line. 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 in Neptune Beach.

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.

DONNA Health & Wellness Expo presented by Venus Fashion

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | 3800 St Johns Bluff Rd S, Jacksonville [map]
On-site Registration and Race Packet Pickup
Free and open to the public, Free Parking

Return for day 2 of the DONNA Health & Fitness Expo. Shop, sip and sample from nearly 100 exhibitors. So much fun you might forget to pick up your race packet! (But don’t do that.)

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9th

#runDONNA and #TogetherWeWILL

26.2 with DONNA National Marathon and Half Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer

DONNA Half Marathon Relay presented by FIS

4:00 a.m. Shuttle Parking Opens at Morocco Shrine Auditorium
5:00 a.m. Athletes’ Village Opens
7:27 a.m. Wheelchair Start
7:30 a.m. Official Start | DONNA Start Line in Beaches Town Center
9:00 a.m. Relay Start

Athletes’ Village

5:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Beaches Town Center

Before and after the race, all registered participants enjoy our famous Athletes’ Village for complimentary Southern Grounds coffee and Mini Bar Donuts. Enjoy music from WQIK and our Emcee and on-air personality Brad Thornton. Athletes’ Village will also offer gear check courtesy of UPS, event information at the Landstar Logistics Tent, first aid, photo ops and more!

Heroes Hospitality

Invitation Only, Credential Required

Breast cancer survivors and top fundraisers are invited to warm up and cool down in first class and celebrate a beautiful day of survivorship.

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.

DONNA Post Race Party

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Athletes’ Village in Beaches Town Center

Half Marathon Awards Ceremony

10:00 a.m. | Athletes’ Village in Beaches Town Center

Marathon and Half Marathon Relay Awards Ceremony

12:00 p.m. | Athletes’ Village in Beaches Town Center

26.3 Party hosted by Jeff Galloway

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  | Athletes’ 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.

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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 The Morocco Shrine Auditorium located at 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road, South in Jacksonville, Florida. Long-time supporters of The DONNA Foundation will recognize this location as the home of the Inaugural DONNA Expo in 2008. All are welcome and may park on a first come, first served basis during Expo hours. Beginning Saturday, February 8, 2019 at 6 PM all vehicles without a parking pass will be towed.

marathon sunday Shuttles

There will be FREE parking for all participants and spectators at The Morocco Shrine Auditorium 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.

NOTE: There is no public parking in the K-mart lot Sunday morning.

Shuttle service will also be provided from our host hotel Sawgrass Marriott Resort for registered hotel guests only.

Relay Shuttles

Relay shuttles will begin at 7:00 a.m. from The Morocco Shrine Auditorium.

  • Leg 1: 7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m., drop off at the Relay Start Line.
  • Legs 2 and 3: 8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m., drop off at the Relay Exchange Zone.

Relay return shuttles will pick up from the Relay Exchange Zone and stop at the Start/Finish Line Shuttle Hub before returning to the Morocco Shrine. Shuttle service will be continuous until 4 p.m.

Road Closures

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 8 after 6 p.m. through Sunday, February 9, until the streets are opened for access.

Third Street northbound will be closed at Florida Blvd. and Atlantic Blvd. westbound will be closed at Third Street to Royal Palms Dr. Sunday, February 9 from 7 a.m. until 8 a.m.

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Pace Groups

Galloway Pace Groups

DONNA is proud to offer Official Galloway Pacers 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” meet and greets will be held at the DONNA Expo on Friday, February 7 and Saturday February 8 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.

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Race Results

courtesy of Pivot CPAs

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.

Overall Awards

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 13th Annual DONNA Marathon event.

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Runner Safety

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.

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