The Jacksonville Bicentennial Great Fire Run

Sat May 7, 2022 Jacksonville, FL 32202 US Directions

1 Mile (Chip Timed)

8:30AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

Proceeds from this race are benefiting the Jacksonville Historical Society.  

Founded in 1929, the Society serves to educate and inspire the greater Jacksonville community to value its history by fostering understanding of how the region's past shapes our present.  Proceeds will help the JHS support:

Historic Preservation  *  Archives  *  Education  *  Operations


Join us on Saturday, May 7th, 2022 in downtown Jacksonville for the Jacksonville Bicentennial Great Fire Run 5km.  This race will follow the outline of the Great Fire boundary of May 3rd, 1901. The Great Jacksonville Fire of 1901 was the largest metropolitan fire in the American South. The fire began on May 3, 1901, with a spark from a kitchen fire at lunchtime that ignited piles of drying Spanish moss at a nearby mattress factory.

Located at Davis and Beaver streets, the factory fire soon spread to most of the downtown area. Smoke could be seen as far north as Savannah, Georgia.

By 8:30 p.m., when the fire was brought under control, 2,368 buildings were destroyed, 10,000 people were homeless and seven residents were dead. In all, 146 city blocks were destroyed. The Confederate Monument in Hemming Park was one of the few city landmarks to survive the fire.

This event supports Jacksonville Historical Society. 

To allow for social distancing at the start we will be scoring over all winners based on 'gun time' and age group winners based off 'chip time'.  We ask for elite runners going for the win to toe off first at the start line.  There is no need to stand crowded together at the start line.  All runners will receive an official 'chip time' based off the time they individually cross the start line to their finish.  The 'chip time' is used for all age group ranking.

In addition to the race there are fabulous post race activities for the whole family.

Race Registration Fees

The following race registration fees do not include online processing fees, which are based on the total cost at checkout.    For a list of the additional fees charged please visit

Race 1 - 5km

Early Registration - $29.00 - 01/01/2022 through 03/14/2022

Regular Registration - $34.00 - 03/15/2022 through 04/14/2022 

Late Registration - $39.00 - 04/15/2022 through 05/06/2022 6:00pm

Day of Race Registration - $45.00 - Cash or Check Only 

Race 2 - 1 Mile

Early Registration - $15.00 - 01/01/2022 through 03/14/2022

Regular Registration - $24.00 - 03/15/2022 through 05/06/2022 6:00pm

Day of Race Registration - $25.00 - Cash or Check Only 

Runner Amenities


All runners registered two weeks prior to the race are guaranteed to receive a cotton/tri-blend shirt of their requested size.   All runners registering within two weeks of the race will receive a shirt as supplies permit.


All participants will receive a goodie bag with giveaways and vendor/sponsor handouts.


All finishers will receive a race medal

Race Awards


Overall Awards will be presented as follows:

Men - 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place
Women - 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place

MASTERS (Over 40)

Men - 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place
Women - 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place


Age group awards will be presented to the top three men and the top three women in the following age groups:
0-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 Plus

Runners will only receive one award:  overall, masters, or an age group award.  Placements for awards are based on gun time, not chip time unless otherwise noted.

Race Course

The run starts and finishes at the Old St. Andrews Church, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202.   There will be water stations on the course and at the finish line.

For a map of the course, please click on the link below:

Event Schedule


90 minutes to 15 minutes prior to the start of the race - Packet, Bib, & Chip Pickup

90 minutes to 30 minutes prior to the start of the race - Day of Race Registration (Cash or Check Only)

20 minutes to 30 minutes after the last finisher - Awards Ceremony


7:30am - Race 1 - 5km Start

8:30am - Race 2 - 1 Mile Start

Packet Pickup


Pre-race packet pickup will be held Friday.  ***Pickup is now available NOON till 6pm in front of the Old St. Andrew's Church; 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202


Participants not able to make packet pickup prior to the race may pickup their packets at the race during the times listed on the Event Schedule.

Chip Timing

The race will be chip timed using a bib chip system.   Bibs will be distributed at the packet pickup.   All runners must cross the mat at the finish line with their chip properly attached to their bodies to score in the race.  

Race Information

As a charity event to support the Jacksonville Historical Society, refunds are not available for this race. If you are unable to participate for any reason, please consider your race fee to be a donation.  In the event of bad weather every effort will be made to conduct the race, however it may be moved to an alternate date, time, or cancelled within hours of the starting time. Please be sure to check the PRS Race Timing website and Facebook page for updates prior to departing to the race for any last minute changes or instructions.


Old St. Andrew's Church - Next to the Ballpark
317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd
Jacksonville, FL US 32202
Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at

Event Parking will be hosted at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds

510 Fairground Pl 


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