Ascension St. Vincent’s 2021 Ortega River Run

The 43rd Ortega River Run was held on Saturday, February 27, and proved once again to be a true community event!  It was a wonderful morning of fitness, fun, and social distancing to benefit Episcopal’s St. Mark’s Campus’s financial aid program.

Congratulations to the 2021 Ascension St. Vincent’s Ortega River Run winner Jake Wightman, who crossed the finish line at 24:19, with a 4:51 pace. Jake is from England and aims to alleviate his disappointment at missing Rio 2016 by making his Olympics debut in Tokyo in July 2021, and marking it with a medal. “Not making Rio is a big motivator for me to make the Tokyo team,” he said. The 2021 Ascension St. Vincent’s Ortega River Run was his last stop on a tour of the U.S. before heading back home.

We thank Ascension St. Vincent’s for serving as the Title Sponsor and all the sponsors who helped to make this long-standing event such a wonderful success. During these unprecedented times, we want to recognize and thank the 2021 Ortega River Run Committee: Chair Jessica Ryals; Co-Chair Amanda Trimble; Kelli Chunn, Rebekah Hagan, Susan Kwartler, Lacey Mauritz, and Melissa Vogt for their dedication, hard work, and creativity. 

This year, the school welcomed 1,283 registered runners on race day, and sold approximately 200 spaghetti dinners the evening before the race. The support from the Episcopal community is greatly appreciated! A very special thank you to the ESJ Pep Band, Eagles cheerleaders, Talon, Fine Arts lawn entertainment on the race course, student volunteers, and the athletic teams for their participation as well.

The Ortega River Run is the fourth oldest race in Jacksonville. Hosted by 1st Place Sports as a Grand Prix sanctioned event, this continues to be a great morning for the entire family! Through the years, participating in the Ortega River Run has become a family tradition for many in the community.

Mark your calendars for the 44th Ortega River Run – Saturday, February 26, 2022!

Pictures from the event:

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Results can be found here: