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

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 Packet Pickup & Community Expo presented by Puma Biotechnology

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. Pick up your (reusable) FCN Runner’s bag with your Genentech bib that includes your timing chip courtesy of Pivot CPAs.

DONNA VIP Reception presented by Tiffany & Co., 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.
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 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.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9th

DONNA 5K presented by AXA and Jaguars Foundation

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 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 Packet Pickup & Community Expo presented by Puma Biotechnology

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

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.)

Fundraiser Dinner with Donna and Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic
4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville
Invitation Only
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.

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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. Amgen Breakaway from Cancer 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 
DONNA Fundraiser Experience participants raising a minimum of $2,000 for The DONNA Foundation warm up in first class, presented by Southern Grounds.

Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Runners’ Village

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

Before and after the race, all registered participants enjoy our famous Runners’ Village for complimentary Southern Grounds coffee and Mini Bar Donuts. Don’t forget your sunscreen from the Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery Sunscreen Tent and enjoy music from WQIK and our Emcee and on-air personality Brad Thornton. Runners’ Village will also offer gear check courtesy of UPS, event information at the Landstar Logistics Tent, first aid, photo ops and more!

Enjoy a Mic Ultra, our Official Beer, hot dogs courtesy of Sawyer Gas & Grill and recover with a massage in the CORA Sports Medicine Tent.

A Beaches Go Green-approved event, Runners and spectators participating in the 12th annual event will enjoy eco-friendly cartons of Just Water as well as event day recycling to promote awareness of waste in our beach environment. Your discarded clothes at the start will also be collected for shelters or textile recycling.

Gear / Bag Check Sponsored by UPS 

Before the race, all participants may check in their warm up/post-race gear at the Runners’ Village Gear Check sponsored by UPS. Securely fasten your gear check tag from your Genentech 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 kept for 30 days and then discarded. To retrieve items left after the marathon, please emailinfo@breastcancermarathon.com or call 904-355-PINK (7465).

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. | Amgen Runners’ Village in Beaches Town Center

Half Marathon Awards Ceremony

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

Marathon Awards Ceremony

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

26.3 Party hosted by Jeff Galloway

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  | Amgen 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.

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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 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.

Saturday Races

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/Pick-up and Rideshare

All weekend, a designated area for drop-off/pick-up 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.

Bicycle Parking

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 and spectators 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.

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

Recommended Route

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.

Alternate Routes

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.

 

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 9 after 6 p.m. through Sunday, February 10, 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 10 from 7 a.m. until 8 a.m.

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Pace Groups

Galloway Pace Groups

Momentumpowered 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.

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Timing and Awards

Timing Chips 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 12th 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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