Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Most people know Labor Day as an extra day off of work. Fewer know the holiday comes from a time when the government was laying off workers.
It all started with a bad recession in the early 1890s that reduced demand for railway cars, prompting Chicago railway magnate George Pullman to lay off workers and reduce wages. Many of his workers went on strike. The sympathetic American Railway Union refused to handle Pullman cars, hampering commerce in many parts of the country.
Pullman workers started their strike in May 1894. The following month, Congress passed legislation making the first Monday of September a day to recognize workers!
You work hard all year long and you deserve a break. But instead of drinking too much, eating too much, and being lazy and adding on pounds, start your day with a fun 5K brought to us by 1st Place Sports and Tropical Smoothie Cafe!
By starting your day with some exercise, you will increase your endorphins, burn some calories and feel good about taking it easy and having a good meal later in the day!
This race starts from 1st Place Sports on Baymeadows Road and winds through pretty neighborhoods with cheering fans and ends back at 1st Place Sports. But crossing the finish line is just the beginning of the Run Jax 5K festivities. When you’re done running or walking 3.1 miles you’ll grab your finisher medal and a bottle of water then stick around for the HUGE post race celebration!
- Drawings For Prizes
- Huge Post-Race Celebration
- Technical Shirts to all Participants
- Prize Money & Age Group Awards
- Custom Designed Finisher Medals
After the party, you might head home to get ready for family Labor Day get togethers, but if you don’t have somewhere to rush off to, stop by Tropical Smoothie Cafe for a delicious, healthy sandwich and a energy restoring smoothie!
Click here for Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations near the event and tons of menu options!
- 5K Run at 7:30am
- 1 mile Fun Run at 8:30am
- Race website for registration: 1st Place Sports
- Run Jax 5K Facebook page
If you haven’t already signed up for this race, do it now and come run a fun 5K with me on Labor Day!