Southernmost Marathon & Half Marathon

Saturday, October 6, 2018 • Key West, FL • Course Map

More than 400 runners and walkers crossed the finish line each year at Key West’s Southernmost Marathon and Half Marathon, which takes runners along the shoreline of — just as its name suggests — the southernmost point in the contiguous United States, here along the tip of South Florida, roughly 90 miles across the Gulf of Mexico from Cuba.


Runners and walkers — the half marathon is open to both — will start the out-and-back course for the race near the western end of the island, at the Rum Barrel Bar & Restaurant at Front Street and Simonton Street. From there, the half marathoners and the full marathoners will follow the same course for roughly the first 7 1/2 miles, heading around the western and southern edges of the island to U.S. 1.

The first few miles of the race — which is virtually all flat throughout, and never higher than a few feet above sea level — take runners through Key West’s Old Town neighborhood, where most of the tourist attractions and signature Key West-style architecture can be found, everything from restored wooden homes with lush tropical trees and plants growing outside to the Ernest Hemingway House, where the legendary author lived throughout most of the 1930s.

Runners will trek out to the Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in the first two miles, where they’ll get a look at this Civil War-era fort and an 1860s-era African Burial Ground, believed to be a cemetery for African refugees, and the only one of its kind anywhere in the U.S.

After that out-and-back stretch, runners make their way east back to Whitehead Street, where they’ll turn right and head south to the actual location of the Southernmost Point of the continental U.S., a giant red, black and yellow bullet-shaped landmark that’s pretty impossible to miss.

Next, the course heads to Higgs Beach and then to South Roosevelt Boulevard, which will take runners for the next few miles to the turnaround point at the intersection with U.S. 1.

Once they make the turnaround, runners retrace their steps back onto South Roosevelt and go back the way they just came from. They’ll continue the same path all the way back to Whitehead Street — this time, skipping the out-and-back out to Fort Taylor — to the finish line back at the Rum Barrel on Front Street.

Duval Street in Old Town Key West, Florida. (Photo by Marc Averette/Wikimedia)

Duval Street in Old Town Key West, Florida. (Photo by Marc Averette/Wikimedia)

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the westernmost of the Florida Keys, famously 90 miles from Cuba and roughly 160 miles southwest of Miami, Key West typically sees October temperatures between 76ºF and 85ºF, while rainfall totals average just over 4.3 inches, making it one of the city’s wetter months of the year.

On the day of the race (Oct. 6), the average low is 77ºF and the average high is 86ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the Southernmost Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

  • 5:30 AM – full marathon
  • 5:45 AM – half marathon

Fees

See race website

Registration

To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of Key West’s Southernmost Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at TriRegistration.com here.

Official Race Website

somomarathon.com

Facebook Conversations

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4 comments… add one
  • Jackie September 6, 2018, 3:33 pm

    Hello, I would very much like to run the marathon, however your site provides very little help in making this happen. I am traveling from out of state and am looking to find out WHO the host hotel it. WHERE I can stay. WHAT airport to fly into and HOW far that airport is from the hotel. I will not have a car, so I am trying to arrange this, but your site provides ZERO, but the price and sign up. Also, is there an expo.??

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  • Kathy Kleiber October 9, 2016, 11:26 am

    GOT ‘ER DONE!!

    Completed the 10k this morning in Sarasota
    Verified by Studio South Fitness

    entrant: Kathleen Kleiber
    age: 63
    6.2 miles @81.01minutes 13.066mm (TREADMILL)
    missing all the fun…catch you next year!!

    T-shirt design?

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  • Kathy Kleiber October 8, 2016, 4:41 pm

    Matthew kept us from traveling to Key West…..but….
    the race is still on for me in Sarasota.

    The Storm also kicked up Red Tide so bad here that I won’t
    be running outside here either.

    PRESSING ON====== I will be on the tread mlll @ Studio South in Sarasota
    tomorrow @ 7:30 thinking of you fellow Runners in my favorite place….
    “KEY WEST” . I phoned the gym and the Great Staff there have set me up
    with an official time keeper.

    Sending you ALL my best wishes for a successful & fun run!!! Kathy

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