Explore Clay County this Memorial Day

02/16/2011  |  Jaclyn D. Slaybaugh Director, Clay County Tourism & Film Development

Jeff Galloway, world famous fitness expert and top-selling author to conduct training clinics.

The City of Green Cove Springs in Clay County is the place to be in Northeast Florida over Memorial Day Weekend! Located southwest of the City of Jacksonville, Clay County can easily be reached by car in less than two and a half hours from other sunny, southern destinations such as Savannah, GA, Orlando or Daytona Beach.

This year will mark the 23rd anniversary of Memorial Day Riverfest’s annual tribute to members of the military with a Military Memorial Service and Veterans’ Tribute on May 30.

The 2011 Memorial Day Riverfest will kick-off on Saturday, May 28 with a Patriot’s Art Festival and all day entertainment in the City of Green Cove Springs’ Spring Park. A two-day Freedom 8k Health and Fitness Expo will also open that day at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center in Orange Park. As festivities and entertainment continue throughout the day on Sunday, May 29, the evening will feature a lawn concert by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra followed by a dazzling fireworks display over the St. Johns River.

World famous fitness expert and top-selling author, Jeff Galloway, will be in town for all three days of the event to participate in the Expo and Freedom Marathon 8k along the St. Johns River in Green Cove Springs. Galloway will be conducting training clinics in preparation for the 8k at both NAS Jax and NAS Mayport. Thousands of runners from all over the southeast are expected to participate in this 8k Run which is part of a national Freedom Marathon run series to raise awareness of the needs of veterans and their families. Come on down and enjoy some southern hospitality... we don’t want the Navy taking home all of the prizes and race medals now do we?

For further information on the Green Cove Springs Freedom Marathon 8k Run or to register please visit www.freedommarathon.org. For information on hotels, restaurants and other attractions in Clay County please visit www.exploreclay.com or call the Tourism Office at 904-278-3734.
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