Join in on the fun with the 20th Annual Key West Half Marathon and 5k starting at the Key West Historic Seaport at the foot of Margaret Street.
There will be participants from all 50 states and 23 countries this year. It is encouraged to register soon since the race is quickly filling to capacity.
We hope to see you there!
NEW PRESS RELEASE
(Key West, Florida Keys) — The Key West Half Marathon, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, is proud to have in the Expo the Warren Henry Auto Group Miami’s premier family-run-and-operated car company with dealerships across South and North Florida, and most recently Key West. In business for more than four decades and three generations, Warren Henry Auto Group has built an esteemed reputation through its commitment to service excellence, superior quality, unwavering community support, and its Advantage program. The Group comprises a diverse portfolio of car brands including Jaguar, Land Rover, Infiniti, Audi, Lamborghini, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep.
The Expo is taking place on Friday, Jan. 12th & Saturday, Jan. 13 in conjunction with the Half Marathon on Sunday. The race is acclaimed as one of the U.S.’ leading winter half marathons. The Keys Auto Center will have several of their vehicles on display at the race Expo and one will lead the Half Marathon.
“In a year like we’ve had, it’s great to have local businesses want to be so involved with our 20th Anniversary celebration,” said Barbara Wright, event founder and co-organizer. “We’re trying to support the locals, too, by encouraging runners to contribute to the local Habitat for Humanity organization. So far, our race participants have contributed a significant amount of money to the cause.”
More than 12 other charities annually receive a portion of the race’s proceeds, the largest of which is Key West’s Sunrise Rotary. The Rotary uses the funds for their Key West High School scholarship program. Others are: Womankind, Zonta Club of Key West, Southernmost Coconut Castaways, Key West middle and high school athletic programs; One World One Campus, Sigsbee Charter School, and the Coast Guard Committee.
Contributions are thanks to nearly forty– five hundred runners who compete in both the Half Marathon and also the 5K Run.
Now in its 20th year, the race has earned prestigious kudos including being noted as a must-do or “bucket list” half marathon in both “Runner’s World” and “Competitor” magazines. Over the years, Wright said, it has attracted participants from every U.S. state and more than 30 other countries to compete in the Florida Keys’ subtropical January climate.
The half-marathon will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at the corner of Key West’s Caroline and Grinnell streets and proceed on a flat, fast 13.1-mile course through the island city’s scenic Old Town and Atlantic Ocean shoreline. The associated 5K run will start at 7:30 a.m. In true Key West style, an awards ceremony and post-race party are scheduled with entertainment by Howard Livingston & the Mile Marker 24 Band.
For more information, contact Keys Auto Center at (305) 294-5126 or stop by: 1618 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West.
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Runners are encouraged to sign up for the 20th Anniversary Key West Half Marathon & 5K on January 14th, as space for both races is nearing capacity.
“Because it’s a special milestone, we will sell out,” Barbara Wright, event founder and co-director, said. “We really encourage people to sign up soon to lock in their space.”
To mark the 20th year, the race’s headquarters has been moved back to where it began – Half Shell Raw Bar. Many amenities have been added: for the first time, long-sleeve tech shirts guaranteed for each participant, the highest end finisher medals for both races, increased number of musicians on the race course, 2-day registration, a pre-race pasta special, and more. As always, the after-party will be had in typical Key West style – a concert by Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band, free beer, complimentary food and a free raffle for all, which includes Caribbean trips.
Competitor Magazine ranked the race second in its 25 “Can’t-Miss Half Marathons” this year. It was listed among many long-standing and well-established races such as the San Francisco Half, Alamo 13.1 in San Antonio, the Yosemite Half, and Covered Bridges Half in Woodstock, VT.
Wright said the annual race’s growing popularity is due in part to accolades from many other sports writers and renowned running media. It was named one of the United States’ leading winter half marathons; one of 14 Best Destination Half Marathons (Runner’s World Feb. 2014); Bucket List Best Half Marathons (Runner’s World April, 2015); in December, 2015 Competitor.com ranked it among 13 must-do U.S. half marathons; and most recently, in Steven Kesh’s new book, Top 50 World’s Best Half Marathons, the Key West Half Marathon is ranked #7!
In 20 years, the race has grown into a truly international event. Last year, thousands of runners hailed from countries such as Slovakia, The Bahamas, Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Canada, Denmark, Germany, and the UK — plus all U.S. states — and similar stats are expected this year.
The sporting challenge will begin on Sunday, January 14th at 7 a.m. on a fast 13.1-mile half marathon course amid the island city’s Victorian architecture, historic landmarks and harborfront businesses. A 5K run is scheduled at 7:30 a.m. for those who prefer a shorter course. Now, more musicians and great volunteers will be along the course to cheer runners on. Our sponsor Honey Stinger will have gels available on the course.
Awards await the first- through third-place male and female finishers in five-year age groups ranging from 9 and under to 75 and over, as well as the top overall competitors and those in the masters. Again each entrant will receive a long-sleeve, gender-specific fully sublimated race shirt. Plus, unique and collectible medals will go to all Half Marathon finishers and to all 5K finishers.
Our Charitable Partners include: Key West Sunrise Rotary scholarship programs, local school programs, FKCC Youth Swim Program, and more.