Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 24th Annual Festival of Lights 5K

San Marco Square

Saturday, December 14, 2019

1 Mile at 5:30 PM | 5K at 6 p.m.

About This Race

Sixty-two children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute. Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Jacksonville is dedicated to improving the health and welfare of kids in North Florida and South Georgia by increasing funds and awareness for UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. By supporting this race you are helping provide much-needed funding for the purchase of life-saving medical equipment, educational resources and Child Life supplies. Consider running today and help make miracles possible for local kids like Celeste.

Funds raised in North Florida and South Georgia stay local.


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:

  • Finisher Medals (new for 5K this year)
  • Pictures with Santa Clause
  • Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
  • Children’s Bounce Games
  • Toy Soldier Stilt Walker
  • The Grinch
  • Free Chocolate
  • Snow Machines
  • Food & Drinks
  • Lots of Christmas Music
  • Kids Train Ride
  • Jingle Bells for your Shoes
  • Awards for best stroller decoration
  • LED Light Necklace available for purchase during registration

Entry Fees

5K1 Mile Fun Run
Through November 30th$30$15
December 1st - December 13th$35$15
Day of Race$40$20
Runners 65+ & Children 13 & under through November 30th$20No Discount Applicable

Register Now!


» Click Here to Register Online

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


You can register at any of our 1st Place Sports stores on our in-store computers.

Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at your selected 1st Place Sports location on Thursday, December 12th from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, December 13th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 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
Tapestry Park Store: 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Jax, FL 32246
Jax Beach Store: 424 S. 3rd Street, Jax Beach, FL 32250


Custom medals will be awarded to all finishers!

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

1 Mile Fun Run

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

Luminary Lit Route

The race will be held at night, and 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.