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Join us in paying tribute to Veterans by running or walking with pride
Fundraising Goal: $12,000


Phone: (904) 658-0105 or (904) 463-6981 

POC: Jess Polvikoski



Link to register:

Join Us for the Veterans Day 5K 

“Tougher than you think!”


Date: November 9th, 2024

Time: 8:00 am

Location: Oakleaf Community Park, 3979 Plantation Oaks Blvd, Clay County


The Veterans Day 5K for Clay is "Tougher than you think!"  Run along the peaceful Plantation Oaks course and experience Oakleaf Community Park and the Hwy 23 overpass! All registrants receive a race t-shirt, custom race bib, chip timing, finisher medal, quality refreshments, and camaraderie in the Clay County community. Static displays, music, food trucks, Veteran supporting organizations, and more!



NOTE FOR REGISTRANTS: Select the appropriate registration button. When you reach the "DONATION" page, press the continue button at the bottom if no donations are planned (other than the race charge). This will take you to the race payment page.


All proceeds will go to the Veterans Council Clay County, Florida, Inc. 


Veterans Council Clay County Florida, Inc (EIN: 86-1868391)  vision is to take care of Veterans and their families, always keeping faith with them. Our mission is to promote unified actions among Veteran-supporting organizations to improve the welfare of Veterans in Clay County, home to over 30,000 local Veterans. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.


Specifically, proceeds from the 5k will support Veterans and their families by funding the Council's efforts to advocate, communicate, and organize on behalf of Veterans.  Additionally, the funds will be used to establish a Center for Veterans that provides the Veterans Resilience and Wellness Program, the Veteran Unity Program, and the Veterans Tech Hub.


Awards: We will award the Overall Fastest Male and Female in each age group category: 13 and younger, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and older. We will also award the Overall Fastest Male and Female in the wheelchair race. 


Packet Pick-Up Location and Times: Friday, November 8th, 2024, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM at the: to be established location. *Please bring a photo ID to pick up your packet. You can also pick up other people's packets with a copy of their ID.


Parking: Parking will be available on-site at no charge. Carpooling is encouraged. Participants park on the Northwest side.


Race Day Packet Pickup and Registration: If you are picking up your packet, please arrive at least 45 minutes before the race's start time. Day-of registration will be available.


Gift Card Donations for Veterans Council Clay County FL Inc: We are asking participants and spectators to consider donating a gift card on race day.  These cards are invaluable to Veterans struggling to pay bills, food, and gas to get to work. Please take all donations to the registration area. Donations through the registration website are also encouraged and welcome.


Race Day Schedule:
6:30 AM - Registration Opens
7:20 AM - Opening ceremony with Special Guest Speakers 
7:45 AM - Warmup & Stretch
8:00 AM - 5K Run/Walk
9:45 AM Awards/Recognitions Ceremony 

Spectators: We encourage you to invite your friends and family to cheer you on. 


Course Route: The 5k course starts in the east parking lot of the Oakleaf Community Park.  At Plantation Oaks, the course turns right, and then a turnaround is planned at Thousand Oaks Drive.  The following section runs up and over the Hwy 23 overpass, past the High School and Elementary Schools, and then turns around again at Tamarind Way, traveling back over the Hwy 23 overpass (TOUGHER THAN YOU THINK!), completing with the final right turn ending at the starting point. Water stations are planned for along the route.

Email: or Phone: (904) 658-0105 .

 Join us in honoring and supporting our Veterans. Together, we can make a difference!

Fundraising Goal: $12,000
Contact: Ansil Lewis 

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