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Light a fire under your feet! Register today for the Great Fire Run!

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Run the boundary of Jacksonville’s Great Fire. The 5K race and 1-Mile Fun Run begin and end at Old St. Andrew’s Church, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Race day sign-up welcome; cash or check. Pre-register online at

The massive conflagration which ultimately destroyed downtown Jacksonville occurred May 3, 1901 when a spark from a kitchen fire ignited piles of drying Spanish moss at a nearby mattress factory. The race follows the outline of the Great Fire boundary, which began at Davis and Beaver Streets, spread to most of downtown Jacksonville, and was halted by Hogan’s Creek, thus sparing Old St. Luke’s Hospital, which now houses the Jacksonville Historical Society.

Now, 120 years later, it’s time to light a fire under your feet and sign up for the Great Fire Run, to be held Saturday, May 1, 2021. The 5K will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 1 Mile Run at 8:30 a.m. To ensure life safety during this time of pandemic, the wearing of masks will be required when not running the race, social distancing encouraged, and no post-race congregating.

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