_ The 2022 Jacksonville Bicentennial Great Fire Run:
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.