- 18 Sun Jan 2015
Key West Half Marathon
This run attracts more than 1,000 annual participants
Runners seeking a picturesque warm-weather challenge this winter can find it Sunday, Jan. 18, during the annual Key West Half Marathon & 5k Run in the continental United States’ southernmost island city.
Several thousand runners are expected to race through Key West’s historic Old Town and scenic waterfront during the 17th annual event. Acclaimed as one of the United States’ top winter half-marathons, the race typically attracts participants from throughout the U.S. and internationally to compete in the Florida Keys’ subtropical January climate.
The half-marathon is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. and proceed on a flat, fast 13.1-mile course.
A race registration booth is to be open 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the foot of Margaret Street in Key West’s Historic Seaport, and race packets can be picked up there.
Also that day, participants can take a training run with former Olympic runner Keith Brantly, acclaimed as one of the most successful long-distance runners in American history. In addition, Saturday’s schedule features a fitness expo and a prerace pasta meal.
Plans call for Sunday’s half-marathon to begin and end near the intersection of Caroline and Margaret streets. The 5k run is to start at 7:30 a.m.
An awards ceremony and post-race party are scheduled near the finish line, with entertainment provided by the Keys’ Howard Livingston & the Mile Marker 24 Band.
Awards are to be presented to 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 and military divisions.
The half-marathon entry fee is $120 per person with discounts available for military members, local residents and returning runners. The 5k entry fee is $50 per person. Each entrant is to receive a gender-specific moisture-resistant race technical shirt.
A portion of race proceeds benefits the Florida Keys Community College youth swim program and Key West Sunrise Rotary Club endeavors.
Event information and registration: www.keywesthalfmarathon.com