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Champion BrandsDONNA Marathon Weekend returns February 2 – 4, 2024. This year’s theme, Destination: Hope, reinforces DONNA Marathon Weekend as a destination race that appeals to both local and international runners, while envisioning a future defined by something brighter than any one place or race –– a future where love always wins out over fear. It celebrates the progress and resilience required to reach the finish line we all believe is possible: a world without breast cancer.

Welcome to the 17th Annual DONNA Marathon Weekend Athlete Guide presented by Champion Brands. Details are subject to change. Please check back often for updates. #DestinationHope

Quick Links: Schedule of Events | Transportation And Parking | The Course  | Galloway Pace Groups | Timing And Awards | Runner Safety | Gear Check | Runner Tracking | Race Day Photography

 


2024 Schedule of Events

Friday, February 2, 2024 | Saturday, February 3, 2024 | Sunday, February 4, 2024


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2


Social Shakeout Run hosted by The D-Squad with Fitz Koehler

NEW TIME! 7:00 a.m. |  3-mile run/walk
Courtyard Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront, a DONNA Host Hotel
1617 1st Street N., Jacksonville Beach, FL [Map]

FREE and Open to All! The DONNA D-Squad and your Noisy Cancer Comeback announcer Fitz Koehler presented by Gilead Oncology host a kick-off to DONNA Marathon Weekend with a 3-mile run/walk with race founders Donna Deegan, Dr. Edith Perez and Olympian Jeff Galloway.

DONNA Health & Wellness Expo presented by Jacksonville Jaguars and Bold Events
Packet Pick-up

The Jacksonville Jaguars10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Indoor Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at EverBank Stadium
1 EverBank Stadium Dr., Jacksonville, FL [map]
Free Parking
Free and Open to all! In partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the DONNA Expo will be held in the indoor Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at EverBank Stadium. The Expo will serve as runner packet pickup; packet pick-up is available during expo hours only. Sunday race day packet pick-up is not available. Online registration will remain open through Saturday, February 3 at 1 PM ET. IMPORTANT: With the exception of water, no food or beverage is allowed in the Expo. Food must be consumed outside the Expo. For all events taking place inside of EverBank Field, standard security measures, including a bag check, will be in place. Please visit everbankstadium.com/purse-bag-policy for full details. Umbrellas, strollers and diaper bags will be allowed.
DONNA Health & Wellness Expo info >

Sunny Wines

Photo Ops in the “Sunny Selfie Station”

All weekend, stop by The DONNA Foundation’s welcome booth in the Expo for your photo op in the “Sunny Selfie Station” sponsored by Sunny Wines.

 

Yoga for Hope with YogaSix

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Jacksonville Jaguars and Bold Events Kids Zone inside the DONNA Expo
YogaSix will lead a 30 minute Yoga for Hope in the Kids Zone led by Valerie Lucas, E-RYT 500. Valerie is is a 2x breast cancer survivor and mentor to yoga teachers around the globe. As a Sr. Master Trainer for YogaSix, her classes are accessible and empowering.

DONNA VIP Welcome Reception presented by VerizonVerizon

Hosted by O-Ku Sushi
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
O-Ku Sushi
502 1st St. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL [Map]

Invitation Only: The DONNA Foundation honors fundraisers, donors, sponsors and special guests each year at this celebratory reception and cocktail party.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3


DONNA Health & Wellness Expo Presented By Jacksonville Jaguars and Bold Events
Packet Pick-up

The Jacksonville Jaguars6:30 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m.
Indoor Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at EverBank Stadium
1 EverBank Stadium Dr., Jacksonville, FL [map]
Free Parking
Free and Open to all! In partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the DONNA Expo will be held in the indoor Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at EverBank Stadium. The Expo will serve as runner packet pickup; packet pick-up is available during expo hours only. Sunday race day packet pick-up is not available. Online registration will remain open through Saturday, February 3 at 1 PM ET. IMPORTANT: With the exception of water, no food or beverage is allowed in the Expo. Food must be consumed outside the Expo. For all events taking place inside of EverBank Field, standard security measures, including a bag check, will be in place. Please visit everbankstadium.com/purse-bag-policy for full details. Umbrellas, strollers and diaper bags will be allowed.
DONNA Health & Wellness Expo info >

DONNA 110 Ultra Marathon

7:30 a.m.  | 110 Ultra Marathon start
EverBank Stadium | 1 EverBank Stadium Dr., Jacksonville, FL [Map]
Registered participants: Athletes will start downtown with a grand send-off from our 5K crowds and 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.
Register for the DONNA 110 Ultra Marathon >

FIS DONNA 5K
Visit Jacksonville DONNA BOOBY TRAP CHALLENGE DAY 1

6:30 a.m. | Registration and packet pick-up opens inside the Expo
8:00 a.m. | 5K start
EverBank Stadium | 1 EverBank Stadium Dr., Jacksonville, FL [map]
FREE Parking
Registered participants: Earn a signature running ribbon medal racing through the heart of Downtown Jacksonville’s sports district, finishing under one of the world’s largest scoreboard inside EverBank Stadium.
Register for the DONNA 5K >
Register for the DONNA Booby Trap Challenge >

DONNA Family Fun Run – The “DONNA Dash”

6:30 a.m. | Registration and packet pick-up opens inside the Expo
9:30 a.m. | DONNA Dash start
EverBank Stadium | 1 EverBank Stadium Dr., Jacksonville, FL [map]
FREE Parking
Registered participants: Our fun run is perfect for families and will be a course of up to one mile inside EverBank Stadium. All participants earn a DONNA Dash zipper pull medal for backpack bragging rights.
Register for the DONNA Dash >

Yoga for Hope with YogaSix

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Jacksonville Jaguars and Bold Events Kids Zone inside the DONNA Expo
YogaSix will lead a 30 minute Yoga for Hope in the Kids Zone led by Valerie Lucas, E-RYT 500. Valerie is is a 2x breast cancer survivor and mentor to yoga teachers around the globe. As a Sr. Master Trainer for YogaSix, her classes are accessible and empowering.

Mayo Clinic Presents a DONNA Education Event: Hope and Wellness

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
EverBank Stadium | 1 EverBank Stadium Dr., Jacksonville, FL [map]
FREE Parking
Mayo Clinic’s Division of Hematology/Oncology and Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center in Jacksonville, Florida invite you to join us for a “Breast Cancer and Cancer Survivor” educational patient and caregiver symposium. This in-person and online event is FREE to join, but registration is required. Breakfast and lunch will be served to all in-person attendees. Free to attend. Registration is required >

In-person participation is limited on a first come, first served basis. Registration will close on January 16, 2024 or until capacity is reached.

Event Highlights

  • Empower patients to make positive lifestyle changes with a healthy diet, positive psychology, and exercise.
  • Provide information on innovative treatment options, screening modalities, and cutting-edge clinical trials for breast cancer at Mayo Clinic.
  • Educate attendees on tests and biomarkers to personalize treatment in breast cancer.
  • Provide patients and caregivers with available services and programs from The DONNA Foundation.
  • Cooking demonstration to provide patients and caregivers with ideas for cooking healthy meals at home.
  • Provide an opportunity for patients and caregivers to interact with the team from Mayo Clinic, The DONNA Foundation, and the Galloway training program.

NEW! DONNA Pasta Party

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott Oceanfront, a DONNA Host Hotel
1617 1st Street N., Jacksonville Beach, FL [Map]

Tickets $20: The Official DONNA host hotel hosts our DONNA Marathon Weekend Pasta Party with a pasta dinner buffet and drink specials with race founders Donna Deegan, Dr. Edith Perez and Olympian Jeff Galloway. Pasta Party tickets may be purchased in advance for $20, or at the door for $30.
Get your DONNA Pasta Party Tickets »

Visitor Late Packet Pickup

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Courtyard Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront, a DONNA Host Hotel
1617 1st Street N., Jacksonville Beach, FL [Map]

This option is available to out-of-town runners only, or for locals who are traveling to the Olympic trials! There will be late packet pickup opportunity on Saturday evening from the DONNA host hotel. Registration with your race entry is required in advance, on or before December 31, 2023, for $10. Out-of-town runners are defined as runners from outside Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Nassau Counties.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4


26.2 with DONNA National Marathon To Finish Breast Cancer
DONNA National Half Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer
Visit JacksonvilleVisit Jacksonville DONNA Booby Trap Challenge Day 2

6:00 a.m. | Athletes’ Village Opens
7:27 a.m. | Adaptive Division presented by Brooks Rehabilitation Start
7:30 A.M. | OFFICIAL START
Seawalk Pavilion | 75 1st St N., Jacksonville Beach, FL [Map]
Register for the DONNA Marathon >
Register for the DONNA Half Marathon >
Register for the DONNA Booby Trap Challenge >

Athletes’ Village presented by Jacksonville Jaguars and Bold Events

The Jacksonville Jaguars 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Seawalk Pavilion and Latham Plaza

Before and after the race, all registered participants enjoy our famous Athletes’ Village to celebrate survivorship. Enjoy music from 97.9 KISS FM and toast your finish in the DONNA Cheers Garden with Sunny  Wines, Miller Lite or White Claw, everyone’s favorite hard seltzer.  Don’t miss the Official DONNA Fearless Series physical therapy sponsor CORA Physical Therapy for post-race therapy. Athletes’ Village will also offer gear check and first aid. IMPORTANT: Runners! Adult beverages will be available to registered athletes in Athletes’ Village on marathon Sunday. You’ll have a beverage pull tag on your bib. If you want to be served, you will have to present an ID. This will be strictly enforced, so don’t forget to stick your ID in your sports bra. <wink>

DONNA Marathon Finish Line VIP Party

Hosted by Surfer [The Bar]
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Surfer [The Bar] | 200 1st Street N., Jacksonville Beach, FL [Map]
By Invitation Only: The DONNA Foundation honors top fundraisers, donors, sponsors and special guests at this exciting finish line viewing party.

DONNA Post Race Party

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Athletes’ Village in Seawalk Pavilion and Latham Plaza

Half Marathon Awards Ceremony

10:00 a.m.
Athletes’ Village stage

Marathon Awards Ceremony

12:00 p.m.
Athletes’ Village stage

26.3 Party hosted by Jeff Galloway

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Athletes’ Village
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.

NEW! DONNA After Party at the Sandbar
with Special Guest Lindsey Hein, host of “I’ll Have Another” Podcast

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The SandBar
SpringHill Suites Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront, a DONNA host hotel
465 1st Street N., Jacksonville Beach, FL [Map]
FREE and Open to All! Bask in your finish line glory with your best running friends at this year’s DONNA After Party at the Sandbar. Located in the new SpringHill Suites Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront Hotel, you’ll find an unexpected restaurant and bar ready to welcome you. Ocean views await.

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Transportation and Parking


!! Transportation details subject to change. Please check back often for updates !!

EverBank Field Parking (Expo and Saturday Races)

FREE Parking is available at TIAA Bank Field in Lot J. Please arrive early and expect delays.

IMPORTANT: For all events taking place inside of TIAA Bank Field, standard security measures, including a bag check, will be in place. Please visit everbankstadium.com/purse-bag-policy for full details. Umbrellas, strollers and diaper bags will be allowed.

Saturday Road Closures: Bay Street and Gatorbowl Blvd will be closed for the FIS Donna 5K and DONNA Dash Events from approximately 8:30 to 10:00 AM. Traffic will be detoured to Adams Street and Forsyth Street. Please consider alternate routes if you are arriving for the Expo during this time.

Marathon Sunday Transportation and Parking

Participant Drop-off/Pick-up and Rideshare

A designated drop-off and rideshare location is on Pablo Avenue with pedestrians crossing at Beach Blvd and 3rd Street North. Please enter from 4th Street North. [Map]

Bicycle Parking

Bicycle parking will be available to lock up the trusted beach cruiser while you run. Please bring your own lock, as The DONNA Foundation is not responsible for any lost or stolen bikes.

Shuttle Transportation

There will be FREE parking for all participants and spectators at UNF Lot 18. Shuttle service to the start/finish line will begin at 5:00 a.m. and will run continuously until 3:00 p.m. Please arrive early and allow time for traffic delays.

Road Closures

Beaches: 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 3 after 6 p.m. through Sunday, February 4, until streets are opened for access.

Downtown: Access along the 5K route may be inhibited for up to four hours beginning at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3, until streets are opened for access. Please plan for delays.

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The Course


The DONNA Marathon Course is a Boston Qualifier, and selected by the Abbott World Marathon Majors as a qualifying race for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking program for 2024. Preview the course »

Double Loop For The DONNA Marathon: The DONNA Marathon and Half Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer Course will begin and end at Seawalk Pavilion in the heart of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Runners will enjoy a flat, fast Boston-qualifying marathon course through three beautiful beach communities of Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach with scenic views and an outpouring of crowd support, and pink flamingos. The Marathon will complete the first half of the course again for a double loop design.

Start And Finish Locations For Saturday Races: The FIS DONNA 5K and DONNA Dash will be held at EverBank Stadium in Downtown Jacksonville, Florida. With the start and finish located in “the bank”, runners will race through the heart of Downtown Jacksonville’s Sports District, finishing under one of the world’s largest scoreboard inside EverBank Stadium.

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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. The Jeff Galloway Training Program is the official training program for DONNA events. Train with us »

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)
  • 6:45 GOAL FINISH TIME (15 sec run/30sec 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)
  • 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)
  • 3:45 GOAL FINISH TIME (10 sec run/ 30 sec walk)
  • 4:00 GOAL FINISH TIME (10 sec run/30 sec walk)
  • 4:30 GOAL FINISHER TIME (walking)

“Meet the Pacers” meet and greets will be held at the DONNA Expo on Friday, February 2 and Saturday February 3 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 presented by AT&T


AT&TAll races are chip timed and managed by 1st Place Sports. Live Results »

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 ultra, 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 breast cancer survivors, adaptive, masters, male and female finishers for all events.

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.

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.

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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 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.
  • 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 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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Gear / Bag Check


On Marathon Sunday, all participants may check in their warm up/post-race gear at the Athletes’ Village Gear Check. Securely fasten your gear check tag from your race bib to the outside of your bag. After the race, you will have until 3:00 p.m. to collect your bag. Any items not picked up will be discarded.

 


GenentechRunner Tracking presented by Genentech


Participants and spectators, download the ‘RaceJoy’ app FREE from the App Store. Live phone tracking, continual progress updates, cheer sending and so much more!


Race Day Photography


Marathon Photos is the official photographer for DONNA Marathon Weekend.  They will have an army of photographers on hand to make sure you can choose from several great photos of your heroic effort.  Smile when you see their photographers in the bright yellow vests and make sure your bib number is clearly centered and visible. Photos and video will be available online within 24 hours of your finish. You will also receive MyPace, an animated race record showing how you ran against others and your personal race stats. Cool. Look for your results in your inbox.