The Great Fire Run 5km & 1 Mile Fun Run

Sat May 2, 2020 Jacksonville, FL US 32202 Directions

The Great Fire Run 5km

$24 8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT Price increases after December 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

The Great Fire Run 1 Mile (Chip Timed)

$15 9:30AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT Price increases after April 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

Proceeds from this race are benefiting the Jacksonville Historical Society.  

Our Mission
“Educate and inspire the greater Jacksonville community to value its history,
by fostering understanding of how the region’s past shapes our present.”


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

Pre- Early Registration - $24.00 - Through 12/31/2020

Early Registration - $29.00 - 01/01/2020 through 02/28/2020

Regular Registration - $34.00 - 03/01/2020 through 04/15/2020 

Late Registration - $39.00 - 04/16/202 through 05/01/2020 3:30pm

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

Race 2 - 1 Mile

Early Registration - $15.00 - Through 03/31/2020

Regular Registration - $24.00 - 04/01/2020 through 05/01/2020 4:00pm

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 Jacksonville Historical Society building located at: 314 Palmetto St., 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


8:00am - Race 1 - 5km Start

9:30am - Race 2 - 1 Mile Start

Packet Pickup


To be determined. 


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.

Participants 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

Race times and dates are subject to change without notice at any time for any reason. In the event the race time or date is changed or if the race is cancelled, for any reason, there will not be any refunds under any circumstances. In the event of bad weather every effort will be made to conduct the race, however it may be moved to an alernate 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.

1406 Gator Bowl Blvd
Jacksonville, FL US 32202

Join us on Saturday, May 2nd in downtown Jacksonville for the Jacksonville Historical Society's 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. 

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

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at