After several fun-filled days in Jacksonville, Florida the Great Race will get underway Saturday morning at 10:30 on Main Street as part of the Historic Main Street Springfield Cruise. During the 2014 Great Race from Maine to Florida the participants got a taste of the Cruise on the way to the day’s finish at the Jacksonville Landing. Racers will trek through low-lying northeast Florida and rural southeast Georgia on the first stage of the event after leaving Jacksonville.
The first overnight stop on the 2017 event will be in Tifton, Georgia, which calls itself “the Friendly City.” And racers will find out exactly why when they pull into the historic downtown on Main Street at the end of Day 1. Tifton and Tift County have a population of 40,000, making it one of the smallest overnight stops on the Great Race. But folks will fill the streets for the event and all of the other activities the community has planned.