8 Races You’ll Love Running in the Florida Keys

Duval Street Mile

Key West, Fla. • April

Timed to coincide with the “World’s Longest Parade” — which rolls down Key West’s famed Duval Street, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico right after the last runners cross the finish line — this race also is part of the “Conch Republic Independence Celebration,” a 10-day festival filled with parties, sailing events (including one to Havana, Cuba), parades and races, all of which you’re encouraged to wear a costume to. It’s an early evening race that starts at 7:00 p.m.


Tutu Relay & 10K

Key West, Fla. • May

The name of this race says it all, really. A few hundred people wearing tutus while running around the streets of Key West — and by the way, you’ll have to slip it off and give it to your relay partner, who’ll then put it on as quickly as possible and start running to the next relay stop. This year will be the first year the race will open up to individual runners who want to run the 10K by themselves — but of course, you’ll need to wear a tutu.

Hemingway Sunset Run

Key West, Fla. • Saturday, July 20, 2019

If you’ve ever seen a Key West sunset, then you know there are few better places on Earth to watch one, especially in the thick of summer when the days are at their longest and the sun slides ever-so-gradually into the horizon over the ocean. That’s what you’ll get to take in at this 5K that’s part of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days festival, which celebrates the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning author. It’s open to runners, walkers and even paddle-boarders — who start the race from the sands of Southernmost Beach, and complete their 3 miles in the ocean before finishing back at the beach.

Southernmost Half Marathon

Key West, Fla. • Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019

The next half marathon you can run this year in the Keys is scheduled for mid-October, when this race unfolds along the shoreline of the southernmost point in the contiguous United States, roughly 90 miles across the Gulf of Mexico from Cuba. From the starting line on Front Street, the race winds its way along the edges of most of the island, through Key West’s Old Town and past the piers at Higgs Beach, including a pass right by the giant anchored concrete buoy that marks the southernmost point itself.

Key Largo Bridge Run

Key Largo, Fla. • Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019

Though this stunningly beautiful run across the 18-mile-long Jewfish Creek Bridge dropped its half marathon a few years ago, its 10K and 5K races are still going strong. The race starts and finishes along U.S. 1 that connects the Keys to the mainland, and from there runners in the 10K will follow a long out-and-back that looks out onto Blackwater Sound, with the edges of Everglades National Park off in the distance.

Islamorada Half Marathon

Islamorada, Fla. • Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019

Nestled among the Florida Keys, at roughly the half-way point of the drive from Miami to Key West, the village of islands known today as Islamorada hosts this late fall race that starts atop the Whale Harbor Bridge on U.S. 1, also known as the “Overseas Highway.” From there, the race never rises more than a few feet above sea level as it follows a long, out-and-back route from Robbie’s of Islamorada, and features views of the ocean throughout.

Key West Half Marathon

Key West, Fla. • Sunday, Jan. 20, 2020

Run during Key West’s coolest month of the year, when temperatures here average between the mid-60s and the low 70s, this race starts near the island’s ferry terminal and in its first mile take runners along world-famous Duval Street. Later stretches run past Higgs Beach and the southernmost point landmark, as well as past the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum — home to perhaps the nation’s most interesting collection of six-toed cats.

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