The countdown is on until the 44th Gate River Run
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – We’re less than 24 hours away from the start of 44th annual Gate River Run, the 15K national championship and the area’s biggest race. Authorities inside the Regional Transportation Management Center were preparing Friday for an influx of traffic in and around the River City, even with no festival following the race. This year’s Gate River Run has a limited field of 8,000 runners taking part in the 15K. SPECIAL SECTION: Gate River RunTo supervise the race, the Regional Transportation Management Center coordinates with a range of agencies including the Florida Highway Patrol, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Transportation. RELATED: Elite field ready to hit ground running for 44th Gate River Run | A look at the changes in place this year for the Gate River RunMasks are not required during the race, but runners must wear them at the start and finish line.
Elite field ready to hit road running for 44th Gate River Run
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The field for Saturday’s 44th annual Gate River Run is limited to 8,000 runners because of the pandemic. But the U.S. 15K National Championship is expected to draw one of the best fields of elite runners in recent years. Due to the pandemic, Alred said the elite runners will be tested for COVID-19 and will be kept separate from other runners on race day. RELATED: A look at the changes in place for the Gate River RunThere will also be two start lines this year. All of the runners participating in this year’s Gate River Run will have to wear a mask when they are not running.
Changes coming to Gate River Run in 2021 amid continuing pandemic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – WJXT will, once again, broadcast the Gate River Run in 2021 on Saturday, March 20. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing a number of changes to the race day activities. 2021 Gate River Run starting course (1st place sports)One starting line will be at the corner of Duval Street and A. Phillip Randolph street as it was last year. AdSome other notes about this year’s race:All runners and walkers should be in position by 7:30 a.m.Elite women will start at 7:54 from the Duval Street starting line. Here’s a look at where the starting waves will line up:
Traffic Alert: Major backups on Mathews Bridge after crash
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Heavy delays were reported on Monday morning after a crash on the Mathews Bridge in Jacksonville. It could take you longer to get to work as a result. The left lane ends near the middle of the bridge due to a vehicle accident. Avoid the Matthews Bridge and take the Hart Bridge if possible. We are working to learn more information.
Trump 2020 boat parade celebrates Republican National Convention
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A steady stream of boaters lined the St. Johns River on Saturday in a parade to celebrate the Republican National Convention. The boats featured Trump 2020 flags and other banners as they churned up and down the river from the Hart Bridge to the Fuller Warren Bridge and back. The party designated viewing areas along both the Northbank and Southbank, urging spectators to also display American flags and other signage. Both boaters and spectators were encouraged to register their participation on Eventbrite.
Crash closes northbound lanes of Hart Bridge
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office warned drivers that both northbound lanes of the Hart Bridge leading to Downtown Jacksonville were blocked due to a traffic crash Saturday night. Details about the collision are limited at this time, but as lanes reopen News4Jax will update this story.
River Run start moved to avoid Hart Bridge ramp construction
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There are be a few changes for the Gate River Run this year, and certainly the most noticeable is a new location for the starting line. Early work on the demolition of the Hart Bridge ramp forced organizers to move the starting line two blocks north -- from Bay Street to Duval Street. Alred said the new starting line will be closer to the finish line than ever before. Also, as a result of relocating the starting line, the 5K race -- which usually starts at the same time as the 15K -- will now start 30 minutes later. Alred said while there is adequate parking, if you have never run the Gate before, be prepared for the size of the crowd.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Mathews Bridge reopens after suspicious item found
The Mathews Bridge reopened Tuesday afternoon just before 3 p.m. after it had been closed down in both directions while police investigated a suspicious item. The package was found to be "nothing of concern," Jacksonville police said. Traffic into and out of Downtown was briefly rerouted over the Hart Bridge. "Thank you for your patience as we make safety a priority for everyone," the Sheriff's Office posted in a Tweet. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Mathews Bridge crash westbound causing traffic jam
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash with injuries on Mathews Bridge causing major backups westbound. You can use the Hart Bridge as a detour. Live,interactive map of Jacksonville traffic. | Stay with News4Jax for updates. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
Best public art winner: Guido van Helten's "Unity"
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Chances are youve seen it while youre riding over the Hart Bridge into Downtown Jacksonville -- Guido van Heltens Unity -- the 2019 JaxBest choice for best public art. Van Helten said motivation for the mural, which looks over the North Florida Shipyard, came through a search for subjects and a representation of the real soul of the city in the downtown of Jacksonville.During the Australians trip to Jacksonville, he met Connell, an activist and member of the Deaf Community and Sara, a Palestinian American. Both were speaking during a movement downtown for diversity, respect and tolerance, and both became the inspiration for the mural. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.