- 26 Mon Oct 2015
Heroes and Villains 5k Run/Walk
Runners and walkers of all ages can costume themselves as good or evil characters to compete in the Heroes and Villains 5k Run/Walk set for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.
Presented by Theme Runs, the fun-filled race is to start and end at the Southernmost Beach Cafe, located at 1405 Duval St. on the Atlantic Ocean. The fast, flat course takes participants along a portion of Key West’s famed Duval Street and Atlantic shoreline, past landmarks including the Southernmost Point.
While costumes are not mandatory, organizers encourage racers to dress as their favorite superhero or supervillain and run, walk or fly to the finish line. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative, best group, scariest and funniest costumes.
Chip timing is provided and medals are awarded for male and female overall and masters winners, as well as first- through third-place male and female finishers in age groups ranging from 9 and under to 70 and over. First- through third-place male and female walkers also receive medals.
The race is an official event of the island city’s Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival scheduled Oct. 23 through Nov. 1. The winner in each category receives a “golden ticket” entitling him or her and three cohorts (adults only) to join Theme Runs’ entry in the lavish Fantasy Fest parade slated for Halloween night.
Good or evil runners and walkers can register and pick up race packets at the Southernmost Beach Café from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, and 3 to 5:45 p.m. Monday. Enthusiasts also can register online until 30 minutes before the race.
A luau featuring an island-style pig roast is scheduled after the race to recharge participants’ “super powers.”
The entry fee is $20 per runner or walker until Sept. 23, $25 per person through Oct. 24 and $30 thereafter. Each registered participant receives a goody bag and every person who crosses the finish line receives a special limited-edition puzzle piece medal.
A portion of the proceeds is to benefit youth sports and camp opportunities for children with cancer.
Event information and registration: www.heroesandvillains5K.com