Donna Marathon Weekend to go virtual in 2021

All foundation events through spring 2021 to be presented in virtual format

File photo: 13th annual Donna Marathon

One of the Jacksonville area’s signature running events, the Donna Marathon Weekend, has announced it will be held virtually in February 2021.

The decision was made amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“This decision — like many, these days — was not made lightly,” said Amanda Napolitano, executive director of the Donna Foundation.

As the Donna Foundation looked at there options for how to safely put on the race when they realized that if they did the race in person they would have to ask some participants, who include many recent cancer survivors to stay home for their safety. That is when they knew it was time to go virtual.

The foundation’s campaign of “Everywhere, Together” will involve virtual race experiences, so participants can complete the races wherever they are.

Registration will open July 1. Runners can learn more and register at

The Donna Foundation said two other events -- The Players Donna 5K in October and a new Mother’s Day Your Way event in May -- will also be presented in a virtual format.

About 5,000 runners took part in the Donna Marathon Weekend’s 5K, half-marathon and marathon races that happened in February 2020 at Jacksonville’s beaches.