The DONNA RACE WEEKEND
5K, Half, Full, Ultra
February 2-5, 2023
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The DONNA Marathon
5K, 15K Relay, Half, Full, Ultra
2 or 3 night package
August 25, 2022 – August 28, 2022
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1 Bedroom Private Cabin starting at
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“ONE OF SEVEN MARATHONS WORTH THE TRIP” – CNN Travel
The DONNA Race Weekend offers a fast, flat course in 5K, Half Marathon, Marathon, and Ultra distances in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Started in 2008 by Donna Deegan (a former Jacksonville news anchor and breast cancer survivor) and sponsored for 15 straight years by the Galloway organization, 26.2 with DONNA The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer is the only marathon in the US dedicated to breast cancer research and care and benefits The DONNA Foundation. A flat and fast certified Boston Qualifying course that’s also an AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking qualifying series race, it’s one not to miss! And with average temperatures in early February at lows of 45 and highs of 65 degrees, you can expect great conditions for a fast race!
With 2 hotel options directly on the beach or yards away, stay at the closest hotels to the start/finish at Seawalk Pavilion and all the race action.
We’ve got you covered! Enjoy Italian fare right in hotel with views of the ocean.
From a speaker panel luncheon featuring running legends and influencers (including Olympian Jeff Galloway) to training workshops, post-race massages, team shakeout runs, and more, we will pamper you with VIP treatment.
Stay among the Galloway leaders, including Jeff and Barbara Galloway and Chris Twiggs while supporting their efforts to raise money for breast cancer research.
Sit back, relax, and let us handle the logistics.
- 4:30-6:30 Welcome Reception
- 8:00 Official DONNA Social Shakeout run
- 11:00-1:00 Speaker Panel Luncheon
- 1200-6:00 Official DONNA Race Expo
- 1:30-4:00 VIP running workshop sessions and vendor visits at hotel
- 4:00-6:00 VIP packet & bib pick-up at hotel
- 7:30 Ultra Marathon start
- 8:00 5K start
- 8:00-4:00 Official DONNA Race Expo
- 8:00 Shakeout Run
- 11:00-2:00 Beach games
- 6:00-8:00 Pre-race pasta dinner (Four Points by Sheraton Beachfront)
- 7:30 Marathon & Half Marathon start (Seawalk Pavilion)
- 9:00-3:00 Post-race party, massages at DM Finish Line Tent
- Depart hotels
Four Points by Sheraton Beachfront or Element by Westin
Stay close to all the action at Seawalk Pavilion. DM offers 2 options to best fit your needs. Stay in all-oceanfront suites at Four Points by Sheraton Beachfront or just a few yards across the way in modern, studio rooms at the Element, a brand-new extended stay hotel.
Optional add ons
Choose to pay in full or place a non-refundable $250 deposit to reserve your trip.
Four Points Sheraton Beachfront Oceanfront Suites
$915 Double-Occupancy (plus taxes/fees)
$1,455 Single-Occupancy (plus taxes/fees)
Double-occupancy has 2 payors in a room with 2 queen beds. Select your own roommate or have DM select one of the same gender for you. If you do not have a roommate at the time of arrival, you will be billed the single upgrade pricing.
Single-occupancy has 1 king bed.
See below for add on details
Element by Westin Studios
$840 Double-Occupancy (plus taxes/fees)
$1,230 Single-Occupancy (plus taxes/fees)
Double-occupancy has 2 payors in a room with 2 queen beds and a full-size sleeper sofa. Select your own roommate or have DM select one of the same gender for you. If you do not have a roommate at the time of arrival, you will be billed the single upgrade pricing.
Single-occupancy has 1 king bed.
See below for add on details
Add one additional guest to your double-occupancy package (guest will share your bed) or up to two additional guests to your single-occupancy package (guest will share your bed and sleeper sofa). Guests will enjoy all VIP perks as payors for $195/person for the weekend (excluding taxes/fees).
Place a $250 non-refundable deposit to reserve your stay, then pay your remaining balance later.
Pay for add ons when paying your remaining balance.
A $250 non-refundable deposit will hold your spot, or pay in full.
December 2, 2022
|60 days prior to trip|
Package must be paid in full. Last day to request a refund (minus the non-refundable deposit).
January 2, 2023
[30 days prior to trip]
Last day to request a partial refund [50% of amount paid, excluding the non-refundable deposit]
All refund requests must be made in writing. Refund requests made after January 2, 2023 will not be refunded.
*We strongly encourage you purchase travel insurance.
**If a race is cancelled due to COVID, we will offer full refunds to all of our trip guests. Risk free!
Please contact us with any questions you have.
Meet your hosts
Founder / CEO
What is the Galloway organization mentioned in the itinerary?
The Galloway organization was founded by Jeff Galloway, who ran for the United States in the 1972 Munich Olympics in the 10,000 meter event. Jeff has worked with over 300,000 runners of all ages and abilities and is the inventor of the Galloway Run-Walk-Run method, which opened up the possibility of running and completing a marathon to almost everyone. Philosophically, Jeff believes that we are all designed to run and walk – and he keeps finding ways to bring more people into the positive world of exercise.
What does double occupancy mean?
If you select double occupancy, you will be sharing your room with another runner. Each person in the room will have his/her own bed. This works great for friends who want to room together or those looking to save some money. If you don’t have a roommate, you can request that DM choose a roommate of the same gender for you. Please note that if you select double-occupancy but do not provide the name of a roommate to be placed with you no later than 30 days before the race, and you do not accept the choice provided by DM, DM will invoice you the single-occupancy rate.
Will there be ways to support the DONNA Foundation during race weekend?
Yes! DM wants to support the DONNA Foundation’s efforts, so there will be plenty of fundraising opportunities all weekend long, including a silent auction and a “live ask” (where we ask attendees to open their wallets to donate any amount they can afford) at the pre-race dinner. Not only does the DONNA Foundation provide financial assistance and support to women living with breast cancer, but they also continue to work to fund ground-breaking research. This is a cause we totally support and hope you will, too!
Which hotel should I choose?
Either hotel – Four Points or Element – are great options being centrally located to all the action of race weekend. It depends on what you desire most: a studio room with a sleeper sofa in the living area and a fully-equipped kitchen, or a more-traditional oceanfront suite at Four Points. The host hotels are very near each other, and both are just a few steps away from the start/finish area.
Can I get a two-night package?
Since we have packed the DONNA Race Weekend with so many events including instructional workshops, speaker luncheons, shakeout runs, beach games, and DONNA Foundation fundraising, we can offer only 3-night packages for our guests.
I don’t like post-race massages when I’m sweaty. Can I arrange for a private massage?
The post-race massage is included with the trip package. Guests may arrange for a longer, private massage for an additional cost.
How much is the deposit, and is it refundable?
Guests are required to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit upon sign-up for the trip.
I am a new runner and don’t have a coach or a plan to get ready for the DONNA weekend. Does DM provide coaching?
Chris Twiggs of the Galloway organization will be providing a training program that you can follow to get prepared for the race, and this basic plan is included in the trip package. If you need more one-on-one attention or an advanced plan, custom plans can be purchased for an additional cost. Ask your DM staff if you desire a custom plan!
Will transportation be provided to the Expo?
We do not provide transportation to and around Jacksonville Beach, including the Expo. However, we will pick up your bib and packet for you. These will be available after the training workshops on Friday at Four Points for your convenience.
Do I have to register my guests even if they’re not running?
Yes! DM guests have access to all the VIP perks as our runners. To ensure they receive all our great services, we ask that you let us know whom you are bringing at the time of registration.
Can I bring my kids?
Yes! Children 15 and under are free, provided they stay in your room. If you purchase double-occupancy, they will share your bed.
Can I bring my dog?
Up to two pets are allowed in each hotel for an additional fee of up to $50 per night per pet. Weight limits apply, so check with your DM staff about the details.
What if I have food allergies?
Please notify us of any dietary restrictions you have so we can do our best to accommodate you.