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Fanning the flames for the Great Fire Run

Jacksonville Historical Society to sponsor 5K, 1 Mile Race fundraiser Jacksonville,

Published Friday, January 31, 2020



The Jacksonville Historical Society announces the Great Fire Run of 2020, a 5K and 1 Mile race that commemorates Jacksonville’s Great Fire, which occurred May 3, 1901 when a spark from a kitchen fire ignited piles of drying Spanish moss at a nearby mattress factory. The race will follow 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

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Smoke from the Great Fire could be seen as far north as Savannah, Georgia and it took City firefighters until 8:30 that night to get it under control, but not before the 146-block conflagration destroyed 2,368 buildings, left 10,000 people homeless and killed seven residents.


Now it’s time to light a fire under your feet and sign up for the Great Fire Run, to be held Saturday, May 2, 2020. The event begins and ends at Old St. Andrew’s Church, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., across from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. The 5K will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 1 Mile Run at 9:30 a.m. There will also be a display of vintage fire trucks and other family-friendly activities at the event.


Sign up at and search for Great Fire Run. Runners who register at least two weeks prior to the event are guaranteed a T-shirt; otherwise shirts available as supplies


For more information about this topic, call (904) 665-0064 or email


Alan Bliss
Executive Director
Jacksonville Historical Society
(904) 665-0064