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Florida > Key West Half Marathon & 5K
Key West, FL  •  Sunday, January 19, 2014  •  Course Map

   

 
More than 1,500 runners crossed the finish line in both races combined at the 2013 running of Florida's Key West Half Marathon and 5K, which takes runners on a course to see the wildly colorful sights and sounds of this island at the end of the Florida Keys.

Fast, very flat and scenic throughout, the course for the race takes participants mostly around the edge of this, the easternmost island in the Florida Keys, 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.

The out-and-back 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.

Along the race route, runners have 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 really the most challenging point in this flat and 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 sees relatively warm weather, so runners from climates where it's generally colder during the season are encourage to stay well hydrated throughout the race, as aid stations will be available every couple of miles, with water and Powerade.

Runners interested in running longer than 13.1 miles will be happy to know that the race will add the full marathon distance for the first time at its 2015 running.



Race Weather & Climate

Set along the end of the Florida Keys at the southernmost tip of the United States, Key West enjoys mild to moderately warm weather conditions in the winter, with relatively low rainfall compared to the summer season.

In January, temperatures averages between 65°F and 75°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.2 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Jan. 19), the average low is 65°F and the average high is 75°F.


Course Map

See the race route map for the Key West Half Marathon


Starting Time

7:00 AM - half marathon
7:20 AM - 5K


Fees

$90 for the half marathon
$37 for the 5K


Registration

To reserve your spot in the winter 2014 running of Florida's Key West Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.


Official Race Website

www.keywesthalfmarathon.com


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