Run to the Sun 5K 2024


Run to the Sun 5K

Online registration closes at noon Thursday, April 18th, but you can still register at any 1st Place Sports store until 6pm Friday, or at the race Saturday morning, starting at 6:45am



It's time for the 2024 Run to the Sun, a Florida Strider annual event.  This will also be the second event in our five segment 2024 Strider Championship Series.  It's not too late to join and be part of the Striders and the series, see our website for details on how to become a member.

The Run to the Sun course is an excellent opportunity to run along scenic River Road.  It's a fast out and back course, that even in warm temperatures stays somewhat cooler because of the river's impact.  If you are looking for a quicker 5K time this is the course to run.

Run to the Sun also serves as part of the Grand Pix race series put on by 1st Place Sports.  You can find more information at



  • Online registration is open now, but closes at noon Thursday, April 18th. You can register at any one of the 1st Place Sports stores now thru noon Friday, the 19th, or at the race Saturday morning, starting at 6:45am. 
  • Sorry, no refunds


  • Awards to the overall winners, Masters, Grand Masters, and 3 deep in each age group.
  • Results will be available on the 1st Place Sports website. 
  • The Awards ceremony starts at 9am.


  • There is a water stop on the course at the halfway turn around.
  • Water, Gatorade, and snacks in the Refreshment area after the race.


  • The race starts on River Road at 8am. Line up according to your ability. Walkers and strollers in the back please.  Out of respect for the routine of athlete warm-ups we will start promptly at 8:00 am.


  • This is an out and back course, turning around at Kingsley and Reed Ave.

Finish Line

  • Finisher medals for the first 675 finishers.


For Strider Family Memberships, every family member who is going to register for our races MUST HAVE THEIR OWN PROFILE. This is the way to register spouses and children correctly and get our Club race discount rate.

Here is how to do it. One adult in the family is the Family Head. When this person logs in to our website and looks at their profile, they will have an ADD MEMBER button on the upper right of the profile. They will give each family member their own username and password and complete the form. After doing this, proceed to race registration for each family member.If the Family Head has never logged in to our website, they can click Forgot Password and follow the instructions

NOTE- This action is not required to register in our Free Fun Runs. Those registrations take place on race day.

Packet Pickup

Please check your pick up location box when you register. Pre-Race Packet Pickup is encouraged to ensure you get a shirt. We always try to have a surplus but a shirt is not guaranteed on race day.  This year shirts will be short sleeve tech shirts, 100% polyester.  

Date: Friday, April 19th

Times: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the store locations


  • 1st Place Sports  3931 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL
  • 1st Place Sports  2016 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 
  • 1st Place Sports  9823 Tapestry Park, Jacksonville, FL 
  • 1st Place Sports  424 S. 3rd Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL
  • 1st Place Sports  2220 County Road 210 West, St. Johns, FL
  • Pick up at the race

​​A special thanks to bestbet for supporting us for so many years; allowing us to invade their space, and contributing to the schools participating in our Fun Run. We can't thank all of our Partners enough! We couldn't do this without their support too.

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