31 July 2023
DUCK KEY, Florida Keys — Hawks Cay Resort is to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its seasonal Heroes Salute program with the Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend Sept. 1-3 honoring “heroes in action,” active and retired men and women members of the military, fire rescue, police and medical personnel who serve and sacrifice for the nation.
To celebrate the milestone anniversary, Hawks Cay — located at 61 Hawks Cay Blvd. in the Middle Florida Keys — is to host its popular Keys to County concert series with a performance Sunday, Sept. 3, by acclaimed country singer and military veteran Craig Morgan, along with a weekend of patriotic fun and moving tributes. 
Saturday morning, Sept. 2, a Heroes Salute 5K Run/Walk is open to Hawks Cay guests, Florida Keys visitors and local residents. Cost to participate is $30 per person in advance or $35 on race day.
Participants are encouraged to wear their patriotic best or represent their department during the race through the island of Duck Key. Friends and family are invited to attend and cheer on the racers.
On-site registration and early packet pick-up are set for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, inside the Hawks Cay Resort lobby.
Saturday morning’s registration check-in is to start at 6:30 a.m. at the resort’s Angler and Ale Restaurant parking area. The race begins at 7 a.m.
Also at the Angler and Ale parking area, an 8-10 a.m. touch-a-truck event is to give kids and adults a chance to view vehicles and life-saving equipment used by everyday heroes of the fire and police departments. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
Live music and special guest appearances are planned for 5-10 p.m. Saturday. A 7:30 p.m. Heroes Tribute is scheduled to honor fallen heroes and those formerly and currently in action, with guests from the Coast Guard Honor Guard and regional dignitaries. Guests can then enjoy live music by country artists Krystal King and Kirsti Kraus, followed by a 10 p.m. fireworks show.
On Sunday the Keys to Country Music Series brings live 7-10 p.m. performances headlined by country music icon Morgan. Joining him on stage are to be Shane Minor, blending his rodeo background with musical prowess, and Marla Cannon-Goodman, writer of chart-topping hits including "The Fool."
Between Aug. 1 and Dec. 25, 2023, the Heroes Salute program features value-added offers for watersports activities, a weekly Heroes Tribute ceremony and specially priced rooms at Hawks Cay Resort for current and former military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personal, as well as for their civilian supporters. Hawks Cay is to donate a portion of proceeds to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Event information: floridakeysheroes.com  
Marathon visitor information: fla-keys.com/marathon or 1-800-262-7284
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