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How To Train For The Gate River Run

How to train for the gate river run

Sports Recovery Annex will be hosting a series of classes dedicated to training for the Gate River Run.

The Gate River Run, formerly known as the Jacksonville River Run, is an annual 15-kilometer road running event in Jacksonville, Fla., that attracts both competitive and recreational runners — in huge numbers! One of the great running events in America, it has been the US National 15K Championship since 1994, and in 2007 became the largest 15K race in the country. It was voted as one of the top US road races for the last 20 years by Runner’s World Magazine.

As one of the top recovery facilities in Florida, Sports Recovery Annex, is providing a select group of competitors access to top doctors & decorated marathoners for a 5-class series on How To Train For The Gate River Run.

Class #1: January 16th, 6:30PM-7:30PM
Julie Stackhouse

Julie Stackhouse – Get Stacked Fitness  

How to Train for the Gate River Run

Julie Stackhouse is an experienced USA Track & Field Levels I, II and III certified coach with Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University, where she was a scholarship track and cross country athlete.  She coached at Division I programs across the country collegiately for over a decade before making personal training and wellness coaching a full-time pursuit.

A Brooks sponsored athlete, Julie Stackhouse had a banner year in 2016, winning 25 individual races and setting personal bests in every distance from the mile to the marathon.  Major race wins in 2016 included the 26.2 with Donna Marathon, Key West Half Marathon, Rock’n’Roll Nashville Half Marathon, Jacksonville Ameris Bank Marathon and top 20 finish in the Gate River Run National 15k Championships.  2017 is off to a fast start as Julie won the Key West Half again overall, this time the first athlete to break the tape across both genders.  She won the Donna Half Marathon in a new course record time to complete her 3-year winning streak for that event.

Class #2: January 23rd, 6:30PM-7:30PM

Chris McCaffrey  – Store Manager 1st Place Sports, Running Coach for PRS, Triathlete, Polar HR Ambassador

How To Pick the Correct Running Shoes and Other Equipment.Chris McCaffrey

Chris McCaffrey, aka Coach Macca, grew up in Jacksonville, FL. Athletics took up most of his free time, soccer being his favorite sport. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from St. Leo University, he began to focus his resources to the sport of running. His debut to competitive racing started with a Turkey Trot 5k November 2010. Chris placed fourth overall with a time of 17:50. Two weeks later was his debut 10k, finishing the race with a time of 37:18 and third overall. He was immediately picked up by the Jacksonville Running Company, a local racing team and running specialty store, to join the team on a 200 mile relay from Miami to Key West. The team placed 1st Overall, setting a new course record that still stands today. The team averaged a 6:08 minute mile pace.

Coach Macca holds several certifications. Personal Training with the International Sport Science Association. SPINNING Instructor with Mad Dogg Athletics. Selfmyofascial Release Technique Instructor with TriggerPoint Performance. Good Form Running Coach with Newton Running. Level I Coach with USA Track & Field.

Coach Macca has been coaching adult individuals through private coaching for the past three years. He has coached walkers complete Half Marathons to Triathletes competing at Age Group Nationals. Currently he trains two groups of adults every Wednesday for Track Sessions and many have gone to achieve new Personal Bests in distances from 1 mile to Marathon. In addition, to his monthly individualized coached athletes.

Coach Macca has been know to run with his 13 min/mi clients as well as his sub 6 min/mi clients during weekly workouts providing on the fly coaching to improve running form and efficiency.

Class #3: February 6th, 6:30PM-7:30PM

Dr. Anthony Iselborn, DC, DACBSP, ATC, LAT, CSCS, FIAMA, PES : Iselborn Chiropractic & Sports Recovery Annex

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Anthony Iselborn

Dr. Iselborn completed undergraduate studies at the University of the State of New York and the University of Florida. He received his Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College in 1984. He is Board Certified as a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP).

Dr. Iselborn is credentialed by the National Athletic Trainers Association as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES).

He is fellowship trained to perform acupuncture by the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture (FIAMA). He is also certified in Dry Needling Trigger Point Technique. In 1999 and 2011, Dr. Iselborn was selected by the United States Olympic Committee to provide chiropractic care at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. He is a member of the United States Olympic Sports Medicine Society and The American Chiropractic Association Sports Injury Council.

Dr. Iselborn is the Team Chiropractor for the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Professional Football Team. He is a member of the Professional Football Chiropractic Society.

He has extensive training and has been certified to perform Active Release Technique (ART), Graston Soft Tissue Technique Procedures, Kinesiotaping, and is FAKTR Certified (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation).

Dr. Iselborn served as a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Team at the 2011 Pan American Games.

Dr. Iselborn was selected and served with the United Stated Olympic Team as a member of the Medical Staff for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London, England 2012.


  • Licensure, Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine, CH4759
  • Athletic Training Board Licensed, AL715
  • Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine-Acupuncture Certification, CH4759
  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), National Athletic Trainers Association, 029702485
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association, 9910310
  • USA Beach Volleyball Sports Medicine Staff
  • American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians-Ethics Committee Chairman

Athletic Accomplishments

  • Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championship Finisher – Kona
  • Boston Marathon Finisher
  • River Run 15K National Championship 58:59 PR
  • Cross Florida Bike Ride Finisher – 160 miles
  • RAMROD Finisher – Ride Around Mount Ranier One Day – 180 miles
  • Maine Marathon 3:10 PR

Class #4: February 20th, 6:30PM-7:30PM

Eleanor Baker, MS Nutritionist at Sports Recovery Annex

Eleanor Baker

How to Properly Fuel Your Body for Training

Eleanor Baker, MS graduated from the University of North Florida with her Masters in nutrition and dietetics while completing a dietetic internship. During her collegiate career, she competed in cross country and track where she advanced in the Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase multiple times to the NCAA Division 1 East Regional meet with a personal best time of 10:19. She also captured a win at the Tom Jones Memorial Meet with a time of 4:24 in the women’s 1500.

Eleanor has worked with athletes of all levels. She has completed an internship with the Jacksonville Jaguars, worked with the Bolles Girls Cross Country Team (four times as state champions), University of North Florida Cross Country and Track Team, and she is currently working with the PGA Tour and the Body Balance Institute conducting nutrition education and consultations.

In her free time, Eleanor does a variety of sports from mountain biking, surfing, and running to rollerblading, and scuba diving. In between activities, she also likes to find time to slow down a little and do acro-yoga, read something new, or grow a garden.

Class #5: March 6th, 6:30PM-7:30PM

Joan Thurston, Counselor, EdD, LMHC Joan Thurston

How to Mentally Prepare to Run the Gate River Run

Joan Thurston is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor with more than 20 years experience in mental health. She provides counseling to student athletes at the high school and college level who are dealing with issues of performance, stress, anxiety, academic pressures, time management, injury and other concerns that affect athletes’ performance and well-being.


All 5 classes are FREE, however, you must call ahead to reserve your spot. The classes are limited to 15 select competitors. Not only will you personal training advice, but you will also receive a free foam roller from Sports Recovery Annex after completion of the 5 classes.

All experiences welcome. Call 904-402-4399 to reserve your spot!