SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021 AT 7:00 AM

The USO Armed Forces Half Marathon & Freedom 5K



The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.




The 18th Annual USO Armed Forces Half Marathon and Freedom 5K will be held on Saturday, October 16th, 2021. Both races will being promptly at 7 AM. Due to the closure of Metropolitan Park, the start/finish line for this event has moved to RiverFront Plaza., just a few blocks to the west in Downtown Jacksonville, Florida. This will also be the final year for the half-marathon portion of this event as the USO transitions into the “Tri-Bridge Challenge” next year, so please come out and join us for one last race on the historic course you have come to know and love before we move forward with a whole new route for a reimagined event in 2022. 

 

Invite your friends, families and co-workers to run this year’s race. The half-marathon and Freedom 5K run/walk will raise funds to benefit service members and their families through our programming. In the spirit of fun competition between the seven service branches of our U.S. Armed Forces, we're asking you to support a TEAM. Whether it be Team Navy, Army, Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force, National Guard, or the new Team Space Force –join us for this race in support of our military service members right here in Jacksonville – the most military friendly city in the nation! Whether you're an active duty service member, veteran, family member, friend or supporter, you can walk, run, and raise funds for the glory of your chosen TEAM! The branch with the most participants will win bragging rights for the next year.

 

The mission of the USO Armed Forces Half Marathon & Freedom 5K is to strengthen the bond between the civilian and military communities, promote sound physical health and fitness, and to raise funds for the Greater Jacksonville Area USO in support of all five branches of the military, including the Florida National Guard, and their family members.

Attractive medals to all half marathon and 5k finishers

Technical running shirt to all half marathoner and 5k finishers

Great momentos to all entrants

Fantastic post-race celebration

Single-use souvenir chip timing

Discounted hotel rates (reserve here)

Prize money: $500, $300, $200 to top three overall

Challenged athlete awards

Wheelchair & prosthetic divisions

Age group awards three deep in Half Marathon



Race Information

Start

The 1/2 Marathon and 5K will start together at 7:00 AM on Hogan and Water Street, just north of RiverFront Plaza. Day of race packet pickup and registration will located at the RiverFront Plaza's main entrance. The 1/2 Marathon and 5K will run together for about one mile and then split at Newnan Street. There will be a men and women’s Challenged Athletes division for both events.

Half Marathon Awards

$500, $300, and $200 will be paid to the top three men and women overall. $100 to the first place masters male and female. Awards will also be presented to the first 3 finishers in each of the following age groups: 19 and under; 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-65, 65-69, 70 and over. The ½ marathon award will presented at 10 AM at the stage in RiverFront Plaza.

Challenged Athlete Awards

1st and 2nd place to the top two men & women in the challenged athletes division.

Results

Results for both races will posted online and finishing times will be available immediately after finishing at www.1stplacesports.com

Post Race Celebration

After you finish you will be treated to live music, free beer, food, and other refreshments. It all happens inside RiverFront Plaza. Bring a blanket and enjoy the morning with a beautiful view out over the St. Johns River or looking into the heart of downtown Jacksonville.

Entry Fees

 
Half Marathon
Freedom 5K
Until August 31
$50
$25
Sept. 1 - Sept. 30
$55
$30
Oct. 1 - Oct. 15
$60
$35
Day of Race
$65
$40
High School ROTC/
Cross Country Teams
$70

*The USO is underwriting all military E-6 and below for their full registration as well as their spouses and teenage children if they want to run. E-7 and above will receive a 50% discount on their registrations. Valid ID’s must be presented at packet pickup. All military race packets must be picked up at either the NAS JAX USO, 6801 Roosevelt Blvd, BLDG #1050, NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212; 904-778-2821 Or the Mayport USO, 2560 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233; 904-246-3481

Race Packet Pickup

Packets may be picked up at one of the following four 1st Place Sports locations:

• 3931 Baymeadows Road
• 2018 San Marco Blvd.
• 9823 Tapestry Park Circle
• 424 South Third Street in Jacksonville Beach
• 2220 County Rd 210 West

Pick-up is Thursday, October 14th from 10 AM - 6 PM and Friday, October 15th from 10 AM - 5 PM. Packets may also be picked up on race day at The Landing Park starting at 5:30 AM.

Finish

Both races will finish at RiverFront Plaza under crossed USMC 155mm Howitzers. There is a 4 hour course limit for the 1/2 Marathon.

5K Awards

Top three men and women overall and to the 1st place masters male and female. Age group awards will also be given. Team awards to the top High School Cross Country and ROTC. 5K awards presented at the stage starting at 9 AM.

Finisher Medals

All half marathon and 5k finishers will receive a custom finisher medal.

Race Timing

The race will be timed using Race Result Chip Timing System. The timing chip is on the back of the race bib. Do not fold, bend, or alter the race bib. Doing so could results in the timing chip not working. Wear the bib on the front of your clothing. Timing mats will be located at the start, 10K for the half, and finish. No personal chips allowed in this race!

Registration Information

The Jacksonville USO Armed Forces 1/2 Marathon and Freedom 5K events are open to all runners and walkers. Click here to register. There is individual sign up for the 1/2 Marathon and 5K. All entry fees are non-transferable. Your entry fee will include a short-sleeve Technical shirt and a race packet filled with great items. 

Team Registration

There will be team competition in the 5K Only for Cross Country and NJROTC Teams. There will be first, second, and third place awards presented. Each team can have up to seven members with the first four to finish counting in the scoring. All team members must sign up as teams and individually.

Accommodations

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 E. Coastline Drive, will serve as the official host hotel of the race. They are offering a discounted rate for double and single guest rooms.

Reservations can be made online by clicking here, or by calling (888) 421-1442. Mention the USO Armed Forces Half Marathon.

Course Information

Porta Potties: Several locations on the course and at RiverFront Plaza
Water Stops: Every 2 miles with water and Gatorade.
Gel Stations: Mile 6 & 8.
Photos: FinisherPix will be the official photographer.

Click here to view the Half Marathon Course

Click here to view the Freedom 5K Course

Register

Entry Fees


 
Half Marathon
Freedom 5K
Until August 31
$50
$25
Sept. 1 - Sept. 30
$55
$30
Oct. 1 - Oct. 15
$60
$35
Day of Race
$65
$40
High School ROTC/
Cross Country Teams
$70

*The USO is underwriting all military E-6 and below for their full registration as well as their spouses and teenage children if they want to run. E-7 and above will receive a 50% discount on their registrations. Valid ID’s must be presented at packet pickup. All military race packets must be picked up at either the NAS JAX USO, 6801 Roosevelt Blvd, BLDG #1050, NAS Jacksonville, FL 32212; 904-778-2821 Or the Mayport USO, 2560 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233; 904-246-3481

There are no refunds or entry transfers!


Register Online

Click here to register!

Entry fees are higher online to cover credit card and server fees.


Sponsors

Five Branches Sponsor:












Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like more information about the Jacksonville USO Armed Forces Half Marathon and Freedom 5K Run, or would like to set a time to discuss details of sponsorship, contact Mike O'Brien at mobrien@uso.org.

 

Click Here to Download the Sponsorship Package!