Key West's Half Marathon: A Running Fiesta in Paradise
December 11, 2023 • KW Concierge
Calling all runners, joggers, and sun-chasers! Key West's 26th annual Half Marathon & Runfest is set to hit the streets on Jan. 14. Picture this: thousands of runners dashing through the historic Old Town and along the waterfront — all in the balmy bliss of Key West’s January weather. It's not just a race; it's a "bucket list" event that draws crowds from both the U.S. and abroad.
The starting gun fires at 6:30 a.m. sharp, sending participants on a scenic 13.1-mile journey. Expect a backdrop of Victorian architecture, historic landmarks, and a sparkling Atlantic shoreline. Not up for the half-marathon hustle? There’s a 5k kicking off at 7 a.m., perfect for those preferring a short and sweet sprint.
Get your game face on at the Half Shell Raw Bar — that's where the registration booth will be from Jan. 12-13. Besides grabbing your race packet, you can soak up the pre-race vibes at a runner's expo.
Race day kicks off at Caroline and Grinnell streets, weaving through Key West’s charming streets and concluding near Caroline and Margaret. And after you've conquered the course? Celebrate your victory at an awards ceremony and party outside the Half Shell Raw Bar. Live tunes from the Cayo Ritmo Big Band will keep the energy high.
Prizes? Oh, they've got 'em. Top male and female finishers in various age groups (yes, from 9 to 75+) will snag awards, not to mention accolades for overall and masters division champs. And let's not forget — every half-marathon and 5k finisher gets a medal to flaunt.
The fun doesn't end at the finish line. Revel in the afternoon with the Papa’s Pilar Rum Stroll and the Key West Beach N’ Beer Mile. For those who can't resist a good pre-race carb load, there's a pasta meal special, and of course, waterfront gatherings and lively parties.
Entry fees? $143.99 for the half-marathon and $68 for the 5k, until Dec. 15. Each runner scores a tech race shirt and bag. Want to join the Rum Stroll or Beer Mile? That's $55 and $49, respectively.
Can't make it to Key West? No sweat. Join in from anywhere with the “run anywhere” option. Ready to lace up? Visit keywesthalfmarathon.com for all the details. Let the race to paradise begin!