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To Runners A Florida Keys Marathon Is Like A Candy Shop To A Kid
Whether you're a visitor or a resident, a Florida Keys marathon is one of the more popular things to participate in or watch.
Blessed with sunshine, warm weather, and incredible scenery, the Florida Keys is the perfect place to get out and run, walk, or simply get from A to B, any way you can.
There are many different local Florida races and events that are held throughout the Keys.
In fact, Key West FL is somewhat of a hot bed when it comes to Florida Keys race events held throughout the year.
They are sponsored by different local groups and clubs, often with the purpose of raising funds for worthwhile causes and charities.
Below is a list of some of the more popular Florida Keys races that have become anticipated annual Florida Keys events and attractions.
Keys100 Run Courtesy of YouTube and byBrockMedia
Top Florida Keys Races and Marathons
Since the area is conducive for outdoor activities, it's obvious there would be numerous Florida Keys races scheduled throughout the year. Arranged by date, here's just some of the more popular events you may want to enter, volunteer for, or simply enjoy as a spectator.
Florida Keys Ragnar Relay
Unfortunately late in 2015, Monroe County, for various reasons declined to issue Ragnar's permit for the 2016 Ragnar Relay race.
There is hope that with modifications by Ragnar, that the race will be held in the Florida Keys sometime in the future. However to do so, it will be necessary to host the Ragnar Relay at a time of year when tourism in the Florida Keys is not at it's peak.
In the world of races, the Ragnar Relay was a newer, crazy, and very popular Florida Keys marathon. The original Florida Keys Ragnar Relay started in Miami on a Friday and continued non-stop until the entrants reach Key West FL 199 miles later sometime on Saturday.
This event is not an actual race to the finish line, it's based upon best time, and it's a group event, with each participant running different legs of the relay.
The 2016 Ragnar Relay Florida Keys event was scheduled for February 5 - 6, 2016 before it's cancellation by the County and Ragnar.
Sombrero Beach Run Marathon Florida
Sombrero Beach Run is another Florida Keys race that provides a lot of excitement and it's usually held the first Saturday of March. The date for the 2021 Sombrero Beach Run has been set for Saturday, March 6, conditions and COVID-19 restrictions permitting.
Sombrero Beach Run is broken down into different events so it has something for everyone. You can participate in the 15K Challenge, the 10K Run, the 5K Walk/Run and the Kids Fun Run.
The charitable event benefits KAIR (Keys Area Interdenominational Resources) and begins Friday night with preregistration taking place at
The next day, Florida race entrants are treated to a variety of vendors plying various food items, drinks, and souvenirs, all topped off with good music.
Prizes are awarded, and afterward, race entrants and guests are invited to stay and enjoy the wonderful amenities beautiful Sombrero beach has to offer. The following link will give you more information on the Sombrero Beach Run, or
visit here to register.
Seven Mile Bridge Sign
Seven Mile Bridge Run
Established in 1982, the Seven Mile Bridge Run is perhaps the longest standing, and most famous of the Florida Keys races.
A testament to the fine Florida weather is that a major snag didn't develop until the race's 31st season. The morning of Saturday, April 21, 2012, the people in the Florida Keys were treated to strong thunderstorms and heavy rain, forcing officials to cancel the much anticipated 7 MB Run race.
The 2021 Seven Mile Bridge Run date is tentatively set for Saturday, April 17 providing mother nature concurs. Unfortunately the biggest concern is COVID-19 and how to deal with the various restrictions. The committee intends to make their final decision February 1, 2021 as to the race's fate for the year.
Florida Keys Marathon - The Keys100
If you're an avid runner, an exciting Florida Keys marathon you'll want to check out is the Keys100. Proceeds from this event go to help with prostate cancer research, and to support the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys.
This is also a Florida Keys marathon with a twist. It can be run individually or as a team of 6, with each individual of the team taking a different leg of the relay.
This Florida race is also broken down into two distance increments. The 100K race starts in
Key Largo, the 50K race starts in Marathon Florida, and everyone ends up at Smathers Beach in
The 2021 Keys100 Marathon race is scheduled for May 15 but this is still tentative due to COVID-19.
Key Largo Bridge Run
The date for the November 2021 Key Largo Bridge Run has yet to be set but it's definitely a race running enthustiasts want to participate in.
The highly anticipated First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run takes place on the beautiful Jewfish Creek Bridge that leads you into Key Largo, the first stop in the Florida Keys.
The USATF certified race is a Half Marathon & 4 Mile Walk/Run that takes place over an 18 mile stretch.
There are several different race lengths participants can choose from, and the Half Marathon race usually starts at 6:00 a.m. and gave participants til 10:00 a.m. to finish the Florida Keys race.
The Key Largo Bridge Run is typically broken down as follows (prices are from a past year and may be subject to change):
The Half Marathon run/walk had a $90 entrance fee for early registration (May 1 - October 9).
The registration fee increased to $105/participant for those registering October 10 - November 7.
October 10 - October 31 there was also a $5/registrant discount on multi-person registrations.
Last minute registrations fees were:
November 8 - $120/participant
November 9 - $125/participant
The 4 Mile Run/Walk had a $35.00 entrance fee for early registration (May 1 - October 9). For registrants 17 and under the fee was $30.00
The registration fee increased to $40/participant for those registering between October 10 - November 7.
For those who decided to join the race at the last minute, the fees were as follows:
November 8 - $45/participant
November 9 - $50/participant
In the past the starting point for the race was at Gilbert's Resort Access Road, 107900 Overseas Highway, Key Largo with the finish line being at Rowell's Waterfront Park, 104550 Overseas Highway.
After the event, participants and attendees joined in the planned festivities.
Also, the first 1000 entrants received a race t-shirt, and all competitors received a medal once they completed their race. Awards were given to the top 3 participants in the different age groups, plus to the Overall Top Three Finishers Male & Female, and Overall Masters Male & Female.
Due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances, race management always reserves the right to postpone, cancel or change the event and times and no refunds will be given under any circumstance. The entry fee is for the registered participant only, and cannot be transferred, deferred or refunded.
Also for the safety and comfort of all attendees and participants, pets, skateboards and rollerblades are not allowed on the race course.
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