March to Get Screened 5K

March to Get Screened 5K

March to Get Screened 5K

( 2 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Jacksonville Beach,
    United States
  • March
  • 3 miles/5K
  • Road Race
  • Event Website


Jacksonville, Florida, United States
35 19
"March to Get Screened"
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Jenn 's thoughts:

Disclaimer: I was given a free entry (for me and a friend) to run this race. I wasn't compensated with anything else, and all opinions are my own!

This was the third year for this race - I've heard of it before, but I had never run it. I'm not a huge fan of running on the beach, but with the free entry I figured I'd make my way out. I ended up meeting up with 3 friends (one who got my other entry, and 2 who were running on their own)

The March to Get Screened is designed to promote getting screened for colon cancer. It is held by the Borland-Groover Clinic, a clinic in town that conducts colonoscopies and other similar screenings/procedures. Blue is the official color of the race!

-Packet Pick-Up: This was as easy as it could be. I got mine at the BG-C the day before the race, and it was very easy to pick up packets/numbers for my friends as well.
-Swag: Each participant gets a t-shirt and a drawstring backpack with information. The t-shirt is awesome! It's not a tech shirt, but it's made of softer material than normal cotton. They're also pretty true to size - a small fits me perfectly. I noticed that my packet also came with a Koozie, wristband, and chapstick, but the other three packs only came with the chapstick.
-Race Course: This is a simple out and back on the beach. The wind was brutal this year, but that's to be expected down by the water. As much as I hate running on sand, the scenery is always beautiful.
-Crowd Support: I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of spirit out on the course. When you got to the start area to pick up your timing chip, people were giving out blue Mardi Gras beads. I saw a lot of people in costumes who were really getting into it. That's always awesome to me, because I feel like the support on/off the course is what makes a race different than just a big training run with other people.
-Aid Stations: There was one water stop, located about halfway through the course. I had my own water, so I didn't grab any from them. I did see people giving out bottles of water to each runner. There were porta potties at the start, but I didn't need to use them.
-Post-Race: Unlike other races, where you get a banana and are sent on your way, this race had a big after party at Lynch's (the Irish pub at the beach). Each runner got two free beers, and you could order breakfast at the bar. I didn't see any free snacks (bananas, muffins, etc.) anywhere, but a 5K rarely leaves me hungry enough where I feel like I need a snack. There was also live music, and it was a lot of fun to just hang out with the other runners.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this race. It's a fun 5K for a great cause, and there is so much spirit on the course that it makes even a windy race a fun one!

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