JACKSONVILLE, FL – A unique running and cycling event, the Mt. Acosta Classic challenges endurance athletes to traverse the St. Johns River mainstay Acosta Bridge as many times as possible within the set 3 hour time limit. Haskell, the race’s founding supporter, provides the venue and race planning and management. This year, One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, was the host sponsor in the lead-up to their annual festival in downtown Jacksonville.
In 2015, over 182 participants in the Mt. Acosta Classic raised more than $12,000 to support the Jared Bynum Scholarship Foundation. The race and foundation were initiated to honor a beloved Haskell team member, Jared Bynum, by assisting Julia Landon Middle School students in their pursuit of a college dream. The foundation focuses on those students who have overcome early childhood challenges and aspire to achieve a college education. The time invested by volunteer mentors like Jared ensures that these “at risk” students beat the odds and have an opportunity to achieve greatness in their lives.
A firm believer in supporting local establishments, Jared Bynum was also a large proponent of anything and everything local. The One Spark Mt. Acosta Classic encourages local eating establishments and shops to come together as one and showcase all that Jacksonville has to offer.
About Mt. Acosta
The One Spark Mt. Acosta Classic celebrates the thriving fitness community in Jacksonville, Florida. Supporters choose the running or cycling leg that best suits their fitness interest, or join many other spectators to cheer on the racers at tents located in front of the Haskell building.