- From 06 Thu Oct 2016 to 09 Sun Oct 2016 October 6, 2016 October 9, 2016 Tranquility Bay
SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon
Sunrise views of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, Key West’s picturesque streets and a unique endurance challenge are to lure athletes to the Southernmost Marathon & Half Marathon and Key West Running Festival.
Scheduled Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7-9, the event dubbed the “SoMo” offers participants the chance to strive for speed in a 26.2-mile marathon or 13.1-mile half marathon. Also planned are 10k and 5k races and a fitness expo.
The full marathon is to begin at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and the half-marathon at 5:45 a.m. The start and finish lines for both are at Pat Croce’s Rum Barrel, 528 Front St.
Racers in the marathon are to run a flat, fast course that includes parts of Key West’s historic Old Town, Atlantic and gulf shorelines, neighboring Stock Island and the Overseas Highway into the Lower Keys. Half-marathon contenders are to race beside the ocean and gulf and through Old Town.
Water and “fueling” stations are to be located at regular intervals.
Awards await racers at 9:45 a.m., when the presentation and post-race party take place at Lagerheads Beach Bar & Grill, 0 Simonton St.
Before race day, runners can pick up their packets at the Rum Barrel from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, or at Lagerheads from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. A race expo is set for Friday at Lagerheads as well.
The 10k and 5k races are scheduled Sunday, Oct. 9, at Salute! On the Beach, located on Key West’s Higgs Beach at 1000 Atlantic Blvd., beginning with a 6:30 a.m. packet pickup. Racers start at 7:30 a.m. and run alongside the Atlantic Ocean and Smathers Beach.
An 8 a.m. finish line party and 9:15 a.m. awards presentation round out the fun.
Fees for those who register by Sept. 1 are $120 per person for the full marathon, $90 for the half marathon, $50 for the 10k and $25 for the 5k. After that date prices are $140, $120, $60 and $30, respectively.
Race information and registration: www.somomarathon.com