Celebration 5K

1st Place Sports, 3931 Baymeadows Road

Sunday, July 4, 2021

5K at 7:30 AM | 1 Mile at 8:30 AM

About this Race

The Celebration Run is a wonderful way for the entire family to start the holiday.  This run features moisture wicking shirts to all participants, custom designed medals to all 5K finishers and 1st Place Sports fun run medals to all mile finishers.  After the race, stick around and enjoy the watermelon festival.  There will be loads of watermelon to eat and drawings for prizes. Post-race food will also include bananas, bagels and popsicles.  Prize money to top finishers and three deep age-group awards for each 5 year category.


Social Distancing Guidelines

Due to the current Covid crisis social distancing guidelines will be in place. We also have a virtual option if  you do not want to attend.

The race will be run in waves!

The following Social Distancing Guidelines will be in place during the event.

  1. Please adhere to the 6 foot spacing guideline and wear a mask when picking up your packet.
  2. Please wear a mask when you can not adhere to the six foot spacing guideline.  Everyone must wear a mask at the start and finish.
  3. Race will be started in waves of 100 people.  You must choose your starting wave during registration. Potential award winners should try to run in the early starting waves.
  4. Once you have finished the race please respect the six foot social distancing spacing and wear a face covering.
  5. Masks required at post race celebration and awards area.
  6. Awards may be picked up at awards tent on race day or a 1st Place Sports, Baymeadows the day after the race.
  7. Bring you own water if you want to be as safe as possible. We will have water in bottles at the start and finish.  Water in cups will be available at the half way point on the course.
  8. Hand sanitizers and masks will be available at the Sanitation Tent near the start/finish.
  9. If you feel ill or have a fever, do not come to packet pickup or to the race.



To Benefit

Funds go to support high school cross country and track programs in Duval county and the summer camp scholarship program.

Carry An American Flag during the Race

Show your support for our country and military by carrying either a large or small flag during the race.  We will supply the flags at the starting line.  You can check the flag carrying box during registration to reserve a flag.

Entry Fees

5K1 Mile5K - 13 and Under and 65 and over
Through June 1st$30$10$25
June 1st - June 22nd$35$10$30
June 23rd -July 3rd $40$10$35
Day of Race$45$10$45

Sorry, there are absolutely no refunds, deferrals, or transfers!

Register Now!

Online Registration:

» Click Here to Register Online

Online registration closes early. After online registration closes, you can still register in any 1st Place Sports store or on Race day. By signing up late, you are not guaranteed a shirt at packet pickup or on race day.

In person:

You can register at any of our 1st Place Sports stores on our instore computers and save on server and processing fees.

Wave Start

The race will be started in waves.  Each wave will be started two minutes apart.

7:30 AM – Blue Wave – 300 participants – under 8 minute pace per mile

7:32 AM – Red Wave – 400 participants – pace between 8 and 10 minute

7:34 AM – Green Wave – 300 participants – pace between 10 and 11 minute

7:36 AM – Orange Wave-  300 participants – Pace between 11 and 12 minute

7:38 AM – Yellow Wave – 300 participants – Pace between 12 and 15

7:40 AM – Purple Wave – Pace over 15 minutes per mile

Packet Pickup

Packets will be available for pick up at the 1st Place Sports you selected during registration on Friday, July 2nd from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday, July 3rd from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. All unclaimed packets will be available at the race site for raceday pick up beginning an hour before the race.

Baymeadows Store: 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217  (904) 731-3676

Tapestry Park: 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32246 (904) 260-9991

San Marco: 2018 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 399-8800

Jax Beach: 424 South Third Street, Jax Beach, FL 32250 (904) 270-2221

St Johns County: 2220 CR 210, St Johns, FL 32259 (904) 484-7641


Prize money  will be presented to the top three men and women overall ($200, $100, $50), first master’s male and female overall ($50), and award plaques and a watermelon will be given to the top three in each of the following male and female age groups: 10 & 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, 80+.

Finisher Medals: All participants in the 5K will receive a custom designed medal and 1 Mile Fun Run will receive a 1st Place Sports fun run finisher medal!


Parking is available in various lots surrounding 1st Place Sports.


The Celebration 5K is a USATF certified 5K course. The course is very flat, has only a few turns, and has lots of shade in the last half of the route.

View the route

Watermelon Festival

After you finish the race stick around for the Watermelon Festival featuring lots of watermelon for everyone to eat, electrolyte popsicles, and other refreshments.  Each overall and age-group winner will receive a watermelon in addition to their regular award.


1st Place Sports would love to have your company or organization as a sponsor of this or one of our other events during the year.  We can tailor a sponsorship to meet your promotional needs.

For more information, contact events@1stplacesports.com

Jacksonville Grand Prix Race

This event is a race in the 2020-2021 Jacksonville Grand Prix schedule. Runners who finish in the top ten of their age group will receive points to be counted in the overall series. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the end of the series. For more information about the Grand Prix, click here.

Email Communication

All communications including event promotions, bib number assignment, results problems, and runner instructions are done by email from 1st Place Sports. If you sign up for an event and do not receive an email from 1st Place Sports and want to receive them, please make sure that 1st Place Sports emails are not going to your junk mail.

Course Restrictions

Bikes and dogs are not allowed on the course under any circumstance. Biking next to a runner could lead to the runner being disqualified.