Jacksonville ranked 50th of 399 cities in the Sporting News 16th Annual Best Sports Cities report.*
- Jacksonville hosted the Super Bowl in 2005. NFL.com ranked every Super Bowl played and Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville came in at No. 19 on the list.
- The annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament is the largest kingfish tournament in the country. It’s held in July every year.
- The Greater Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic is the largest event of its kind. It’s held annually in May.
- The Mug Race is the longest river race for sailboats in the world at 42 miles. It starts in Palatka and ends in Downtown Jacksonville.
- Held annually in February, 26.2 with Donna: The Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer is the only marathon in the country to donate 100 percent of its proceeds to breast cancer research.
- The Gate River Run in Downtown Jacksonville is the largest 15K in the United States.
- Runner’s World Magazine’s 2012 Marathon Guide listed the Jacksonville Bank Marathon as one of the top 10 races that offer conditions to run a personal best.
- Kona Skatepark is the world's oldest operational private skatepark. Before becoming famous, Tony Hawk competed at the venue.
- The Taxslayer Bowl, held annually in Jacksonville, is the 6th oldest college bowl and the first ever televised nationally.
*The 2009 list featured locations in the U.S. and Canada. The rankings were based on a number of criteria, including each city’s number of teams and their regular-season win-loss records, playoff berths, bowl appearances and tournament bids, championships, applicable power ratings, attendance, fan fervor and more.
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