- From 08 Thu Oct 2015 to 11 Sun Oct 2015 October 8, 2015 October 11, 2015 Tranquility Bay
SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon
Entrants in the Southernmost Marathon & Half Marathon, dubbed the “SoMo,” can follow a 26.2-mile or 13.1-mile route while enjoying views of the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and scenic streets in the continental United States’ southernmost city. The race is set for Saturday, Oct. 10, with associated Key West Running Festival events scheduled Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 8-11.
The marathon begins at 5:30 a.m. Saturday and the half marathon at 6:15 a.m. The start and finish lines for both are at 528 Front St. at Pat Croce’s Rum Barrel, the event’s presenting sponsor.
Racers in the marathon are to run a flat, fast course that includes Key West’s historic Old Town, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico shorelines, neighboring Stock Island and a section of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway bike path. Half-marathon contenders are to race along Key West’s Atlantic and gulf shorelines and through portions of Old Town.
Water and “fueling” stations are to be located along both courses.
Runners can pick up their packets at the Rum Barrel from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, or from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. An associated race expo is scheduled at the Rum Barrel from noon to 6 p.m. Friday.
In addition, food and beverage specials for racers are to be offered at the Rum Barrel and other Key West restaurants and watering holes.
A finish line party is set for 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Rum Barrel, with an awards ceremony scheduled at noon. The expo continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For runners seeking a shorter challenge, 10k and 5k races are scheduled Sunday, Oct. 11, based at Key West’s Salute! On The Beach, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at 1000 Atlantic Blvd. The races start at 8 a.m. followed by a finish line party and awards.
Registration is $120 per person for the full marathon, $90 for the half marathon, $50 for the 10k and $25 for the 5k until Sept. 1. Thereafter, prices are $140, $120, $60 and $30, respectively.