16 December 2021
MARATHON, Florida Keys — Attracted by Florida Keys sunshine, athletic challenges and family fun, hundreds of avid runners and walkers from around the country typically head to the Middle Keys for the annual Sombrero Beach Run weekend. The 2022 event returns Friday through Sunday, Jan. 21-23, after a one-year hiatus due to coronavirus concerns.

The outdoor run/walk encourages families to reconnect and participate in the healthful weekend together, and in doing so contribute to a worthwhile cause. Proceeds benefit Keys Area Interdenominational Resources, a Marathon-based nonprofit organization that provides valuable food pantry, housing assistance, emergency and relocation support among a host of other services.

Participants can register now and save. Registration for the combined 15k is $30 per adult age 18 and over. Students 17 and under and U.S. military personnel can enter for $15. For each of the 10k and 5k events, registration is only $25 per adult age 18 and up and $10 per student. The first 500 pre-registered participants are to receive a custom logo T-shirt and other goodies.

A traditional kick-off party is set for 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, with food, drinks, music and entertainment at Sombrero Beach, located at the end of Sombrero Beach Road at mile marker 50. Runners and walkers can pick up registration packets at that time.

Walkers and runners also can register on-site at 7 a.m. Saturday. The 15k challenge and 10k start at 8 a.m. and the 5k run/walk begins at 9:15 a.m. A free kids’ fun run is planned for 10 a.m.

Race day attractions include music and beachside fun, refreshments and door prizes. At the event’s silent auction, bidders can vie for artwork, exclusive memberships and admissions to Keys attractions, area eateries and a coveted single entry into the exclusive Seven Mile Bridge Run in April.

An awards ceremony on the beach follows with a barbecue, drinks and music. Overall male and female winners of the 10k, 5k run and 5k walk are recognized, as well as finishers in multiple age categories.
Awards typically include resort stays, cash and Florida Keys eco-attractions and watersports experiences.
Sunday afternoon rounds out the family fun weekend with sporty activities such as kayaking and beach games as well as music, food, beverages and more Keys warmth.
Event information and registration: sombrerobeachrun.com
Marathon visitor information: fla-keys.com/marathon or 1-800-262-7284
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