The Cupcake Run is a charity race in Jacksonville that benefits "Girls on the Run," which is a group that works with young girls to inspire them through running. Funds from this race go towards the program, as well as a 5K that they hold for the girls in the group. This year's race had more than a thousand runners. Here are the details!
Registration: Online registration + day of race. The price started at $25 and goes up to $45 the day of the race, which is high for a 5K.
Expo: There's no expo, but packet pickup is really easy. You have 3 days before the race to get your bib from the Athleta store in the St. John's Town Center, and there is also day-of pickup.
Logistics: The race started exactly on time (7:30). Because this is a big family event, anyone looking to PR or really "race" it should consider lining up towards the front of the pack.
Course: This was a simple 2X loop around the Town Center. It's really boring as far as views go, but it's pancake flat. There is also something oddly comforting about running through a typically crowded shopping center when there is no one around.
Aid Stations: There's one water station set up halfway through the course. I saw a bunch of volunteers on the course with cheer signs, so that was a nice touch.
Swag: It wouldn't be a cupcake race without cupcakes, right? Each finisher gets handed a cupcake medal (so cute!) and a container with one of the mini cupcakes from Sweet by Holly. You also get coupons for 2 free cupcakes from SBH. Your race packet contains a cotton t-shirt, GOTR sunscreen, and some coupons to places around town.
Overall Race: If you are looking for a race to do with the family, this is it! I saw many mothers and daughters on the course with matching outfits (so cute), and overall it was a very family-friendly atmosphere. Contest winners were named for best cupcake costume and most spirited group, so the theme is something you can really get behind. I recommend registering in advance, as $35 - $45 for a 5K is pretty high, even one that is designed for charity.