Saturday, November 12, 2022

5K at 8:00 AM | 1 Mile Fun Run & Patriotic Paws Parade at 8:45 AM

Race Director: Mrs. Isabel Guerrero

The Salute to Veterans Run (S2VR) Run/Walk has become a Jacksonville time honored tradition and is the longest running Veterans Day 5K in Jacksonville with this being the 11th year. What makes this event special is the recent arrival of the Jacksonville Naval Museum; the historic World War II built destroyer, the USS ORLECK!

The 5K will take place at the pier of the USS Orleck and will take runners through scenic downtown Jacksonville. The race will kick off by paying tribute to each service by displaying the service flag and playing the service song allowing military service-members and Veteran’s to sing along.

We are exited to bring back the Patriotic Paws Parade which is a 1 mile run/walk with your best dressed fur baby. Prizes will be awarded to the top best dressed and goodies will be given to all four legged participants.

There will be post-race awards for individual categories as well as team prizes awarded to Veterans and Active Military personnel making this truly a “Salute to Veterans” event!

New for 2022!

All registered participants will get free entry to the Jacksonville Naval Museum and their US Navy Cold War Experience: the historic World War II built destroyer, USS ORLECK! Participants will have up to one year to use their bib for entry into the museum.

To Benefit

The race primarily benefits two great causes that are near and dear to the City of Jacksonville community and their active military and veteran’s groups: Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) and K9s for Warriors. For the past 11 years, the JHNSA has worked toward the goal of bringing a retired Naval Warship to Jacksonville to become the first US Navy Warship Museum in Florida! K9s for Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our Warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and other similar injuries. Their goal is to empower Warriors to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.

Patriotic Paws Parade

There will be prizes to the top three most patriotic pups!

Paw Parade Point of Contact: Ally Wernsing

Contact Email Address: [email protected]


Additionally, plaques to the top 3 “Most Patriotic Pups” with doggy goodie bags.

Shirts & Medals

Post Race Celebration

Post Race there will be award ceremony, food and drinks, and family friendly kids zone with games, bounce houses, and more! All participants will get free entry to the Jacksonville Naval Museum using their bib.

Volunteers and Sponsor Opportunities

For general race information and questions, race sponsorship, and support opportunities, email the Race Director Justin Weakland at [email protected]

For volunteer questions, please email the Volunteer Coordinator, at  [email protected]

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