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25 Sat Jul 2015

Hemingway 5K Sunset Run & Paddleboard Race

Racers can compete on foot or on paddleboards during two Key West challenges that commemorate Ernest Hemingway’s exuberant outdoor lifestyle and passion for sporting pursuits. 

Set for Saturday, July 25, the Malibu Rum Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk and Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race are part of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days celebration. The July 21-26 festival salutes the life and work of the author who lived on the island in the 1930s, enjoying sports from swimming to sparring. 

The Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race is to kick off at 6 p.m. at the island city’s Southernmost Beach, 1405 Duval St. on the Atlantic Ocean. The 3-mile ocean course begins and ends at the beach.

The 5k run/walk is to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Southernmost Point in the continental United States, located beside the Atlantic at Whitehead and South streets. Runners travel a fast, flat 3.1-mile course through historic Old Town past landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. 

A post-race awards party is scheduled at the Southernmost Hotel, 1319 Duval St. 

Awards for runners await the top three male and female overall finishers, top three male and female masters and top three male and female finishers in age categories ranging from 9 and under to 75 and over. For paddleboard racers and walkers in the 5k, awards are to be presented to the first- through 10th-place male and female finishers.

All competitors in both races can expect finisher medals.  
A registration booth is to be open 3-7 p.m. race day at the Southernmost Hotel. Race packets can be picked up there.

Before that date, athletes can register online at www.active.com. Registration forms also can be downloaded from www.keywestspecialevents.com or picked up at local hotels and fitness centers.
 
The entry fee for either race is $45 per adult ($35 for military members and those under age 15). Fees include a fully sublimated race tech shirt, food, libations and giveaways.
  
Race information: www.keywestspecialevents.com or 305-240-0727