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Gate River Run

The Gate River Run (formerly the Jacksonville River Run) has served as the U.S. 15-Kilometer Championship since 1994 and in 2007 became the largest 15K race in the country in terms of entrants.

Clearly, this is one of the nation’s premier road racing events, with $85,000 in prizes going to America’s top distance runners. The stars of the show this year in Jacksonville, Fla., Sat., March 15, were Shalane Flanagan and Ben True.

Flanagan, bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, won the women’s 15K championship in an American record 47:03, surpassing Deena Kastor’s previous mark of 47:15 set in this race in 2003.

The 32-year-old from Portland, Ore., really went out aggressively in Jacksonville, running the first 5K in 15:29 (world record pace for the 15K distance). She ran the second 5K in 15:40 and the final 5K in 15:54.

The caliber of Flanagan’s performance is evident from the fact she finished more than two minutes ahead of Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, a Kenyan native who came to the US to go to college, wound up marrying an American, finished 12th for the U.S. in the 10,000 meters at the 2012 London Olympics and was the two-time defending champion in this race! Cherobon-Bawcom, who lives in Rome, Ga., as well as Flagstaff, Ariz., where her husband attends Northern Arizona University, finished second on Saturday in 49:25.

The third-place finisher, in 49:50, was Amy Van Alstine, 23, of Flagstaff, who just happens to be the 2013 U.S. women’s cross-country champion.

Ben True, 26, who is a graduate of Dartmouth and lives and trains in Hanover, N.H., repeated as the men’s winner in Jacksonville. He ran 43:04 to prevail over Chris Derrick, 23, last year’s U.S. men’s cross-country champion, who finished in 43:15.

Third place in the men’s race went to Tim Ritchie, 26, of Brighton, Mass., who ran 43:24.

Ben True’s performance places him eighth on the all-time U.S. list for the 15K. The American record for the distance is 42:22, held by Todd Williams – a time he ran at the 1995 Great River Race, which he won five times.

Incidentally, Ben was both a star and a hard-luck guy at last year’s U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships as he finished fourth in both the 5000 and 10,000 meters. A top three finish in either event would have qualified him for the 2013 World Track and Field Championships in Moscow.

The GATE River Run is the largest 15K race in the United States and will once again serve as the USA 15K Championship with America's top Olympic athletes competing for $85,000 in prize money. Last year over 23,000 runners and walkers participated in one of our featured events including the 15K, The Florida Times-Union 5K for Charity, the adidas Junior River Run, and the Brooks Rehabilitation Challenge Mile.

2014 Race Winners · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Clock Time Name Age State/Country
Overall Male Winner 43:04 Benjamin True 26 Hanover, New Hampshire
2nd Male Finisher 43:15 Christopher Derrick 23 Portland, OR
3rd Male Finisher 43:24 Tim Ritchie 26 Brighton, MA
4th Male Finisher 43:58 Christo Landry 27 Ann Arbor, MI
5th Male Finisher 44:02 Matt Llano 25 Flagstaff, AZ
6th Male Finisher 44:27 Chris Barnicle 26 Albuquerque, NM
7th Male Finisher 44:37 Jon Grey 26 Minneapolis, MN
8th Male Finisher 44:43 Sean Quigley 29 Lafayette, CO
9th Male Finisher 44:51 Jeremy Freed 26 Longmont, CO
10th Male Finisher 44:51 Stephen Pifer 29 Jacksonville, FL
Overall Female Winner 47:02 Shalane Flanagan 32 Portland, OR
2nd Female Finisher 49:24 Janet Bawcom 35 Flagstaff, AZ
3rd Female Finisher 49:49 Amy Van Alstine 23 Flagstaff, AZ
4th Female Finisher 49:49 Alexi Pappas 23 Boston, MA
5th Female Finisher 50:05 Lindsey Scherf 27 Chapel Hill, NC
6th Female Finisher 50:31 Katie Dicamillo 27 Providence, RI
7th Female Finisher 50:40 Mattie Suver 26 Colorado Springs, CO
8th Female Finisher 50:42 Meghan Peyton 28 Richfield, MN
9th Female Finisher 50:43 Alisha Williams 32 Colorado Springs, CO
10th Female Finisher 50:44 Kellyn Johnson 27 Flagstaff, AZ

2014 Age-Group Winning Times · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Chip Time Name State/Country Age Age-Graded
1st Men 40-49 50:30 Lee Troop Boulder, CO 40 85.51
2nd Men 40-49 51:03 Alan Black Hillsboro, GA 40 84.59
3rd Men 40-49 52:45 Steven Wilcox Cumming, GA 43 83.79
1st Men 50-59 53:16 John Metzgar Fleming Island, FL 51 88.55
2nd Men 50-59 58:18 Jeff Kirk Grand Prairie, TX 53 82.30
3rd Men 50-59 58:36 Robert Millican Simons Island, GA 52 81.17
1st Men 60-69 1:01:10 Herbert Weber Miami Lakes, FL 63 85.75
2nd Men 60-69 1:02:01 Page Ramezani Jacksonville, FL 63 84.57
3rd Men 60-69 1:03:01 Danny West Danny West 62 82.46
1st Men 70+ 1:11:14 Lee McMaster Ponte Vedra, FL 71 79.78
2nd Men 70+ 1:16:36 Arnold Floyd Hartsville, SC 71 74.19
3rd Men 70+ 1:16:42 Jerry Bergman E Amherst, NY 72 75.05
1st Women 40-49 1:00:07 Lorna Bradford Orange Park, FL 43 81.06
2nd Women 40-49 1:02:47 Monica Bolanos Jacksonville, FL 43 77.62
3rd Women 40-49 1:04:02 Regina Sooey Jacksonville, FL 43 76.11
1st Women 50-59 1:05:12 Furata Sultanova Jacksonville, FL 52 82.31
2nd Women 50-59 1:08:22 Cathy Friedel Satellite Beach, FL 50 76.55
3rd Women 50-59 1:10:13 Elisabeth Diamond Bell, FL 54 78.40
1st Women 60-69 1:15:33 Jenny Kyle Savannah, GA 64 83.74
2nd Women 60-69 1:15:42 Rhonda Fosser Lakeland, FL 62 81.15
3rd Women 60-69 1:15:45 Leslie Hague Jacksonville, FL 60 78.81
1st Women 70+ 1:24:24 Elfrieda Wyner Saint Augustine, FL 71 83.71
2nd Women 70+ 1:44:58 Barbara Vitsky Jacksonville, FL 71 67.31
3rd Women 70+ 1:47:36 Peggy Brooks Williston, FL 70 64.59

Prize Money Breakdown

Prize Money Awards (Men & Women Combined) Amount
Open Prize Money$85,000
Top American Prize Money$53,000
Masters Prize Money$3,500
Local Prize Money$300
Total Prize Money$143,550
Additional Special Prizes 
Course Record Prize Money$3,000
World Record Prize Money$10,000
American Record Prize Money$5,000
Special Prize Money$1,750

Course Description

All miles will be marked and digital clocks will display the elapsed time at each mile mark.  Water Stations and toilets will be located throughout the course, and entertainment will be provided each mile during the race.

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At A Glance
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LocationJacksonville, Florida
Race Distance15K
Race Date 2015March 14, 2015
  Race Date 2014  March 15, 2014
  Race Date 2013  March 9, 2013
  Race Date 2012  March 10, 2012
  Race Date 2011  March 12, 2011
Course Record Men42:22 (1995)
Course Record Women47:02 (2014)
Years Running38
Entrant Cap20,000
2014 Total Finishers15,488
  Men  7,163
  Women  8,325
Total Prize Money$143,550
Course Record Prize Money $3,000
World Record Prize Money $10,000
American Record Prize Money $5,000
ExpoYes
Entry Fee35.00
 
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Recommended by: Hal Higdon
"It's the largest 15-K in the US, also the American Championships. One of America's great running events. Voted one of the top US Road Races for last 20 years by Runner's World Magazine. $80,000 prize money awarded to USA's Olympic Athletes. Live Bands every mile, medals to all 15K finishers, 3-day Expo, and a fantastic post race party make this a race not to miss!"

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