On the evening of July 18, 2009 the Vestcor 5K Bridges Run took off from Hemming Plaza at 7:30pm. The race had over 687 total finishers, ranging in age from 1, being pushed in running strollers, to 84 years old.
The first place male finisher, Justin Jacobs of Jacksonville, finished the challenging course in 16:06. The first female finisher, Michelle Krueger of Jacksonville, came in at 18:03. The race course traversed through downtown Jacksonville with an initial down and back on Duval Street to Jefferson Street, then a straightaway down Laura Street, a hike over the Main Street Bridge, followed by a short trip over on the Southbank to the Acosta Bridge and back to Hemming Plaza. The event was hosted by 1st Place Sports.
First place finisher Justin Jacobs crosses the finish line.
First female finisher Michelle Krueger closes in on the finish line.
Runners pass the first mile mark on Laura Street.
Finishers of all ages prepare to cross the finish line.
Crowds at the finish line watch as racers come in.
Post-race festivities included live musical entertainment, free massages, BBQ and Miller Lite for all of-age runners.
For more information on the race, please visit 1stplacesports.com.
If you are interested in learning more about running clubs in Jacksonville and the surrounding area:
Jacksonville Track Club www.jtcrunning.com
Orange Park Florida Striders www.floridastriders.com
Amelia Island Runners www.ameliaislandrunners.com
The 1st Place Running Club www.1stplacesports.com
El Guapo Running Club (Jacksonville's Westside) www.goelguapo.com
The Ancient City Road Runners (St. Augustine) www.ancientcityrr.org