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.
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.
- 2017 Southernmost Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Southernmost Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Southernmost Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Southernmost Half Marathon Results
- 5:30 AM – full marathon
- 5:45 AM – half marathon
See race website
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
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