Sports & Recreation

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

Looking for a challenge?? Well, sign up for the 6th annual Hammerhead Ocean marathon!The swim marathon has two sepreate legs that are1.25 miles, and 2.5 miles respectively in OPEN WATER. It will be held on August 13, 2011 and begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Bring your swimming gear, and most importantly your endurance!!! For more information log on to www.hammerheadtriathlonclub.com. See you there! 

Garrard Reacts to Addition of Gabbert

Garrard Reacts to Addition of Gabbert

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's only a matter of time before first round pick Blaine Gabbert replaces David Garrard as the Jaguars' starting quarterback. 

The 9-year veteran vows to fight to keep his job as long as possible, but he also promises to help the rookie along.

To hear some comments from Garrard about Gabbert, be sure to watch the video clip attached to this story.

First Coast News spoke with Garrard at a Take Steps for Chron's & Colitis event at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday. 

On May 21, David will be hosting a charity fishing tournament in St. Augustine to raise money for local families who are impacted by Chron's and breast cancer.  For more information about this event, click on this link:  http://fishingforthecure.org/.

Jaguars.com to host 2011 Draft Challenge

Jaguars.com to host 2011 Draft Challenge

Fans will have the opportunity to test their knowledge of the top players in the 2011 Draft by participating in the jaguars.com 2011 Draft Challenge. 

Set Sail with Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, April 17

Calling all boaters!  The City of Jacksonville and Captains’ Club present the 27th annual Blessing of the Fleet, Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m.  This annual event will feature the blessing of vessels on the Northbank Riverfront of the St. Johns River.

The Blessing of the Fleet is a ceremony similar to those held in the Iberian and Mediterranean regions. The purpose of this annual event is to bless the armada in asking for good weather and safe boating conditions for the upcoming navigational season.

Walk to Cure Diabetes is this Saturday

Walk to Cure Diabetes is this Saturday

More than 5,000 walkers will participate in the Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) North Florida Chapter on Saturday, April 9th at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. The local chapter’s goal is to generate $575,000 for research of type 1 diabetes and its complications. This year’s Walk presented by Vistakon, CSX, Lender Processing Services (LPS) and the GATE Foundation, has festivities planned to begin at 8 a.m. with the D-Line of the Jacksonville Jaguars leading walkers out of the Fairgrounds onto Bay Street for the three mile walk official beginning at 9 a.m.

Jacksonville RollerGirls “Roller Riot” Saturday, April 16

Jacksonville RollerGirls “Roller Riot” Saturday, April 16

The Jacksonville RollerGirls (JRG) presents Jacksoville’s first professional WFTDA roller derby bout.  JRG home team River City Rat Pack will battle Hard Knox Rollergirls “B” Team, following with JRG’s all-star New Jax City Rollers skating against Hard Knox Rollergirls “A” team. With the UNF Arena able to hold thousands of fans, this will undoubtedly be JRG’s biggest and most exciting bout to date. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first bout will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the second at 7:30. Tickets are $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Skate Bomb in Jacksonville Beach, www.BrownPaperTickets.com, or from one of your local roller derby girls.

Half-time entertainment: Hoop dancing and aerial silks performer Kayla Dyches of www.riothooping.com

Jacksonville Sports, Outdoors & Adventure, Spring 2011

Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach opened Shipwreck Island Waterpark for the 2011 season March 25, remaining open weekends through May 14, when the park re-opens daily for the season.  The park features four major water slides, Lil’ St. Johns River for leisurely tubing, Kiddie’s Cove for tots, Pirate’s Play Village, Wave Pool and other attractions.