Festival of Lights 5K | 1st Place Sports Running

Festival of Lights

Saturday, December 5, 2015

  • 5K at 6:00 PM   |   1 Mile at 5:30 PM   |   5K Strollers & Walkers at 6:10 PM   |   San Marco Square

We hope you will join us for Jacksonville's largest holiday celebration! The Festival of Lights 5K will be held the same evening as San Marco's Holiday Magic. The 5K and 1 Mile will both start and finish on San Marco Blvd. in the Square. This event will feature:


Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!

  5K 1 Mile Fun Run
Through November 28th $25 $12
November 29th - December 4th $30 $12
Day of Race $35 $12
Runners 65+ & Children 13 & Under thru Nov. 28th $15 No Discount Applicable

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» Click Here to Register Online

Online registration closes the day prior to the beginning of packet pickup. After online registration closes, you can still register in any 1st Place Sports store or on Race day.

On paper or in person:

You can register at any of our 1st Place Sports stores on our instore computers, or you can mail in a completed entry form to our Race Office: 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, Fl 32217.

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Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!

Registration Search

Search registrations to confirm your registration status:

In-store Registration Search: Click here

Online Registration Search: Click here

Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at your selected 1st Place Sports location on Thursday, December 3rd and Friday, December 4th from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. All packets will be moved to the race site for raceday pick up starting at 4:30 PM.

Baymeadows Store: 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jax, FL 32217
San Marco Store: 2018 San Marco Blvd., Jax, FL 32207
Town Center Store: 4870 Big Island Dr., Jax, FL 32246
Jax Beach Store: 424 S. 3rd Street, Jax Beach, FL 32250
Orange Park Store: 2186 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073

Race Timing

The race will be timed using the Bib Chip timing system. You must cross the timing mats at the start and finish to be included in the results. No personal chips allowed in this race!


Awards will be presented to the top three men and women overall, the first masters male and female, and three deep in the following male and female age groups: 10 and under, 11-13, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75- 79, and 80+. The awards ceremony will be held in San Marco Square at 7:15 PM. Awards not picked up at the ceremony can be picked up at 1st Place Sports the week after the race.


The 5K and One Mile Fun Run will start on San Marco Blvd., in San Marco Square, south of Interstate 95. The 1 Mile Fun Run will also start on San Marco Blvd and finish at the 5K finish area.

5K Course

1 Mile Course

For the Kids

Medals to all children 13 and under in the one mile fun run. There will also be a Kid's area with lots of activities.

Luminary Lit Route

The race will be held at night, but the entire 5K course will be lined with luminaries. There will be a water station at the half way point. All miles and turns will be marked. Digital clocks will be located at each mile.


Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is encouraging all participants to pledge to raise funds for the pediatric programs at UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital. You can support the hospitals by purchasing a special "I run for the kids" package including a glow in the dark bracelet and car sticker for $10.00.