Ascension St. Vincent's Ortega River Run


1-MILE FUN RUN – 7:30 AM
5-MILE RUN / WALK – 8:00 AM*

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Both races start and finish at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, St. Mark's Campus
4114 Oxford Avenue – just off Ortega Boulevard

For the past 43 years, the St. Mark’s Campus has been home to the Ortega River Run. Hosted by First Place Sports as a Grand Prix sanctioned event, this is a great event for the whole family! Proceeds benefit the financial aid and scholarship program at the school.

*Virtual Option (5-mile): If you can't make it to the event, we have a virtual option. Once you have registered, run or walk 5 miles at any point between February 21 - 27 and simply email your time to [email protected]. If you have a GPS watch or a cell phone, take a picture of the distance and time and email it to [email protected]. Once 1st Place Sports receives your results via email, your shirt and medal will be mailed to you. If you run the race virtually and are in the Jacksonville area, your shirt and medal can be picked up at 1st Place Sports, 3931 Baymeadows Road.

Registration Rates


$40 (2/1/21 - 2/26/21)
on Race Day



$25 (1/1/21 - race day)


2021 Race Committee

Jessica Ryals, Chair
Amanda Trimble, Co-Chair
Kelli Chunn
Rebekah Hagan
Susan Kwartler
Lacey Mauritz
Melissa Vogt

Race Information

Race Route and Features

Course map Ortega with water station
  • Run the historic 43-year course over bridges and along tree-lined streets!
  • Medals given to all registered 1-mile finishers and a collector medal to the first 2,000 5-mile finishers.
  • Shirts for all one-mile and five-mile runners. You must pick up at designated locations prior to race day to guarantee shirt availability.
  • Family-friendly street fair at start/finish with giveaways and special guests.
  • Strollers welcome (must start at back of race).

Start: Both races start from the same location in front of the school on Ortega Boulevard. The 5-mile race will have 1,300+ runners and walkers participating and will begin in socially distanced wave starts. No children on the front line in the 5-mile race. Dogs are not permitted; strollers must be at the end of the race.

Finish: Both races finish in front of the school. The 5-mile race will be using My Laps Bib/Tag Champion Chip timing. Chips will be affixed to your race bib. You must cross timing mats at the start and finish for a net time.

COVID Statement: Due to COVID, race details will depend on the recommendation from the CDC, state, and city health officials. At this time, masks will be required before and after the race and social distancing guidelines will be in place. We will also offer a virtual option for those choosing not to attend in person.

Directions to the Race Site

Episcopal School of Jacksonville, St. Mark’s Campus is located at 4114 Oxford Avenue, at the intersection of Ortega Boulevard.
  • From the South: Take Highway 17 (Roosevelt Blvd.) north from I-295 five miles to Ortega Blvd., which is located one block north of Timuquana Rd., on the right. The school is about three miles on your left.
  • From the North: Take Highway 17 (Roosevelt Blvd.) south from I-10 six miles. Turn left on Columbus Circle, turn right onto Baltic Street. Continue around Cortez Park – taking the third right onto Oxford Avenue.


Photos and Videos

Past Race Results