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
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
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.
See the race route map for the Key West Half Marathon
7:00 AM - half marathon
7:20 AM - 5K
$90 for the half marathon
$37 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the winter 2014 running of Florida's Key West Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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