1st Place Sports Running | Festival of Lights 5K

Festival of Lights

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Time: 5K at 6:00 PM, 1 Mile at 5:30 PM
5K Strollers & Walkers at 6:10 PM

Location: San Marco Square

To Benefit:

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:

  • » Carolers
  • » Bell Ringers
  • » Pictures with Santa Clause
  • » Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
  • » The Little Train That Could Rides
  • » Children's Bounce Games
  • » Jugglers
  • » Toy Soldier Stilt Walkers
  • » Christmas Tree Lighting
  • » Food and Drinks
  • » Christmas Music
  • » Jingle Bells for Your Shoes
  • » All runners will receive a complimentary Firehouse sub upon completion of the race!


Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!

  5K 1 Mile
Through December 1st $25 $12
December 2nd - 6th $30 $12
Day of Race $35 $12

Discounted Entry:

» There is a $2.00 discount if you own your own chip, but chip number must be entered during registration process.

» For runners over 65 and children under 13 years of age registration is $15 until December 6th.

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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.

» Click Here to Download a Registration Form

Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds!

Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at your selected 1st Place Sports location on Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 6th 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: 2016 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 MyLaps Timing Chip System (chip must be worn on your shoe during the race). Your entry fee covers the cost of the chip rental. If you have your own chip, you need to enter your chip number on the entry form, and deduct $2.00 from the entry fee. You must cross the timing mats to be included in the results. Do not wear your personal chip if you sign up on raceday!


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

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 Shands 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 during registration for $10.00.


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» course

» Luminary Lit Route

» Fundraising

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