Donna Marathon will impact traffic at beaches this weekend

Event celebrates 10th anniversary


The only marathon in the United States dedicated to breast cancer research celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend as the Donna Marathon and surrounding events are set to take place in Jacksonville, Neptune Beach and Ponte Vedra.

There are several runs, including, for the first time, a 10K, a 110-mile Ultra Marathon, a three-mile run/walk, a 5K and the featured event, Sunday's marathon. See our event guide for more information about the entire weekend, with events running Friday through Sunday.

Sunday's marathon place on urban roads at the beach, drivers headed to the beach to run, volunteer or view the race should be aware of road closures taking place on Sunday. Significant road closures include:

  • J. Turner Butler Blvd. closed eastbound at Hodges Blvd. starting at 6:30 a.m.
  • A1A northbound at ATP Tour Blvd. closed to Corona Road starting at 7:30 a.m. until approx. 8:30 a.m.
  • A1A southbound at ATP Tour Blvd. closed at 7:30 a.m. until approx. 8 a.m.
  • Ponte Vedra Blvd. from Corona to 37th Ave. South, closed at 7:30 a.m. until approx. 9:30 a.m.

READ: Full Donna Marathon Weekend event guide

For those wanting to watch the the half-marathon and marathon in person, runners can be viewed along most of the 26.2-mile course, the following locations are optimal viewing areas for the 26.2 Curb Crew to cheer on the runners with bands, DJs and a festive atmosphere:

  • PVPV/Rawlings Elementary (A1A/Corona), Ponte Vedra Beach
    • Between miles 1 and 2 for both the full and half marathon; 7:30 a.m.-8 a.m.
  • Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion
    • Between miles 7 and 8 for the full marathon; 8 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
  • 2nd Street & 1st Avenue S, Jacksonville Beach
    • Mile 7 for the half marathon. Mile 20 for the full marathon; 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • Beaches Town Center, Neptune/Atlantic Beach
    • Near miles 9 and 17 for the full marathon; 8:15 a.m.-noon
  • Bull Memorial Park, Atlantic Beach
    • Near miles 10 and 16 for the full marathon; 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
  • Celgene Finish Line at Mayo Clinic
    • 8:40 a.m-2:30 p.m.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) will provide spectator transportation via the Beaches Trolley for the marathon Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fans can download the MyJTA app to purchase a $4 unlimited-ride, single-day pass on your mobile phone. Three trolleys will operate on a 20-minute frequency on Third Street between South Beach Regional Shopping Center on the south end and Atlantic Boulevard on the north end. Trips are $1.50 each way or $4 for a one-day, unlimited ride pass. One-day passes may also be purchased at Walgreens beach locations as well as via the MyJTA app.

While there is no spectator parking at Mayo Clinic, viewers who would like to see the finish, can do so via complimentary bus transportation provided from the race start at 8 a.m. Continuous bus service from Mayo Clinic back to the race start will be provided from W.M. Davis Parkway.



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