Lauded repeatedly as one of the United States’ “bucket list” half-marathons, the race typically attracts American and international runners to test their speed and endurance in Key West’s balmy January climate.
The sporting challenge is to begin at 7 a.m., with participants proceeding along a flat, fast 13.1-mile half-marathon course amid the island city’s Victorian architecture, historic landmarks and harborfront businesses. A 5k is scheduled to start at 7:15 a.m. for those who prefer a shorter course.
The event’s registration booth is to be set up from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday inside the Turtle Kraals and outside the Half Shell Raw Bar, both located at 231 Margaret St. in the Key West Historic Seaport. Participants can pick up race packets during that time and attend a race expo as well.
The following day, packets can be picked up between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. The half-marathon is to begin at the corner of Caroline and Grinnell streets in the Historic Seaport and end near Caroline and Margaret streets.
An awards ceremony and party are to follow the race with entertainment by Howard Livingston & the Mile Marker 24 Band.
Awards await the first- through third-place male and female finishers in five-year age groups ranging from 9 and under to 75 and over, as well as the top overall competitors and those in the masters division. All finishers in the half-marathon and 5k are to receive finisher medals.
During race week, runners also can enjoy pasta meal specials, paddle yoga experiences, a waterfront brunch and parties.
The half-marathon entry fee is $120 per person and the 5k entry fee is $55 per person. A military discount is available; contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Each entrant is to receive a gender-specific fully sublimated race shirt.
Event information and registration: keywesthalfmarathon.com
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
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