Gate River Run tomorrow: Views of the course
In less than a day, tens of thousands of runners will pound the pavement in one of Jacksonville’s most famous and popular events: The Gate River Run. Whether they’re winding through downtown, cruising past the landmarks of San Marco, or enduring the pure agony of the climb up the Hart Bridge, these athletes will be making their own memories that will last a lifetime. And, of course, they’ll also see some special sights. Take a look at some of the brilliant scenery that has helped the race win a special place in the life of the city.
A view down Bay Street, where Gate River Run participants begin their 15-kilometer journey.
The Mile 1 point, with a northward turn from Bay Street onto Newnan.
Plenty of sights to see in Downtown Jacksonville, as runners start getting into their rhythm.
The blue Main Street Bridge. Though far less taxing than the Hart Bridge, it still tests the stamina of runners nearly two miles into the race.
The Mile 2 mark, as runners wind through the Southbank and prepare to turn onto Prudential Drive.
Palm trees line the median along San Marco Boulevard.
Bistro Aix and Peterbrooke Chocolatier will have to wait – there are still seven miles left to run!
Mile 3. A view of European Street Cafe in San Marco, just before the classic dash along the river.
This bench by the river may look inviting, but remember – still six miles to go.
A spectacular view of the lovely homes of River Road, with palm trees adding a classic Florida flavor to an iconic stretch of the race.
An old bridge along River Road, with views of the St. Johns and mature trees.
The stately trees form part of the spectacular scenery along River Road.
No doubt about it – the Gate River Run will stop traffic.
Mile 4. The end of River Road and the turn onto River Oaks Road, with a typically splendid view as runners leave the banks of the St. Johns for the next two miles.
The road turns north for the run up Hendricks Avenue in San Marco.
Mile 5, just past halfway. As they prepare to turn onto Atlantic Boulevard, and contemplate whether they need a psychiatrist for having even started this run, tiring runners catch a glimpse of downtown. Still a long way to go.
Mile 6. It’s a break from the ugliness of construction on Atlantic Boulevard, turning into the narrow roads of St. Nicholas.
The St. Johns River and two bridges are in the background for the winding route through St. Nicholas.
Mile 7. Runners wave goodbye to St. Nicholas as they prepare for the challenges to come.
The deceptively hilly straightaway along Atlantic Boulevard. The road isn’t flat now, but it gets a whole lot worse in just another mile…
Now the real test begins. After seven-plus miles of hard running, it’s time for the slow spiral climb up the ramp to the Hart Bridge.
Mile 8. The next mile will be the most painful of the day for many. Just around the corner, the green girders of the Hart Bridge are looming like a dragon’s jaws.
They don’t call it the Green Monster for nothing. By the time runners reach the top of the Hart Bridge, they’ll be desperate to reach the finish line.
The end is in sight. EverBank Field stands on the left as runners begin their descent from the torturous climb of the Hart Bridge.
Mile 9. Finally clearing the Hart Bridge descent, looking at the gigantic stadium in front… only a few hundred yards left to go.
Just one more corner to go, approaching the south side of EverBank Field. Maybe more than four wins for the Jaguars next year?
That’s the goal! The new Gate River Run finish line, moved to the south side of EverBank Field after stadium construction.