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2018 Character Cup

The SJCSD Character Cup is a student-centered event that highlights physical education and character development through athletic competition.  Over 200 student athletes representing 21 elementary schools participated in the 2018 event

The 2018 Character Cup took place on March 21 at St. Augustine High School from 3:30-7 p.m.  Parents, teachers, administrators, school mascots, and community members attended in support of the hard-working students. The Character Cup Trophy was awarded to the Hickory Creek Elementary team to display at their school during the 2018-19 school year.

Congratulations to all students who participated!

CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk Race Results

Nearly 500 runners and walkers of all ages participated in the 2018 Annual CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk on Saturday, February 3rd. Race proceeds support CHARACTER COUNTS! initiatives throughout the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD).

Race Results

Photo Gallery

Start & Finish Line Video

provided by RaceSmith

2018 CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk

The CHARACTER COUNTS! Steering Committee is calling all walkers, runners and fitness enthusiasts to participate in the CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 9 a.m. The run/walk will begin and end at Palencia Elementary School located at 355 Palencia Village Drive, St. Augustine.

Walkers and runners will enjoy a course running through the neighborhoods of Kensington and Las Calinas and can choose to participate in the 6K (3.73 miles) or 3K (1.86 miles) distance. Registration fees are as follows:

6K-$25 before January 1; $30 January 1 – February 2; $35 on race day
3K-$20 before January 1; $25 January 1 – February 2; $30 on race day

Registration forms and more information are available online at

Race proceeds will support CHARACTER COUNTS! initiatives throughout the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD). The run/walk is open to all ages, and the top three winners will be awarded in each of the age categories as well as the overall male and female finishers. A cash donation will be awarded to the top three to five schools with the most registrants. Last year these schools were Ocean Palms Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Valley Ridge Academy and Timberlin Creek Elementary. All race registrants will receive a tech t-shirt and lots of other goodies from area businesses and organizations. At the finish line, each race participant will receive a commemorative dog tag which is the fourth design in its series.

This event is produced by the CHARACTER COUNTS! Steering Committee and is presented by Beaver Toyota with support from businesses and community groups. Action News Jax CBS47/FOX30 is the official media sponsor of this run/walk.

The SJCSD, along with area businesses, youth organizations and civic groups, selected the national character education program of CHARACTER COUNTS! as a countywide initiative to instill positive character traits in young people throughout the county. Additionally, the SJCSD became the first school district in Florida to implement Pursuing Victory With Honor in all of its athletic programs. Character education is an important part of every School Improvement Plan and a major component of the Student Code of Conduct and the school district’s Strategic Plan.

Register Now for the CHARACTER COUNTS! Six Pillars 6K/3K Race

Please join us Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9 a.m. at Palencia Elementary School for the 6th annual CHARACTER COUNTS! Six Pillar 6K/3K Run. This is an event for the entire family and community to participate in! Come on out and show your support of the CHARACTER COUNTS! initiative in St. Johns County School District!

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