January 18, 2015 - 12:00 AM
16th Annual Key West Half Marathon & 5K Run
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Recognized by Runners World magazine as one of the 10 great half-marathons of the winter season, this competitive race has attracted more than 1,000 annual participants and follows a 13.1-mile course through Old Town Key West past historic landmarks and the island’s scenic waterfront. Marathon runners flock to Key West each year, which takes runners on a course to see the wildly colorful sights and sounds of this island at the end of the Florida Keys.
About the Key West Half Marathon Course
Fast, flat, and scenic throughout, the course takes participants mostly around the edge of Key West, and includes a bridge crossing over Key West’s Cow Key Channel to Stock Island and back, for a run around the Key West Golf Course and Country Club. There’s also a stretch of the race that unfolds through CB Harvey Rest Beach Park near the White Pier, where you can get spectacular views of the sunset later in the day.
This 13.1-mile course for the race starts and finishes at Dante’s Restaurant on Caroline Street, on Key West’s western end. From there, the course winds its way along several twists and turns through the city streets, turning on Duval Street, Eaton Street, and Whitehead Street before hitting longer straightaways along Atlantic Boulevard and South Roosevelt Boulevard, which is also part of Florida Highway A1A.
Through out the race, runners enjoy views of the ocean waters for virtually the entire course, and pass by local landmarks like the Key West lighthouse, famed author Ernest Hemingway’s house, downtown Key West’s “old town” area, and the southernmost point in the United States. The biggest elevation change (and the most challenging point in this flat, beginner-friendly race) is the bridge crossing over to Stock Island, over the Overseas Highway. Runners cross the bridge twice – once going over and once coming back – and then head along Key West’s northern edge for the second half of the race heading back toward the finish line.
Even though the race takes place in January, it still typically offers relatively warm weather, so runners from cold climates are encouraged to stay well hydrated throughout the race, as aid stations will be available every couple of miles with water and Powerade.
Contact Barbara Wright for more info at 305.240.0727.