Sunrise views of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, Key West’s picturesque landmarks and a unique endurance challenge are to lure athletes to the Southernmost Marathon & Half Marathon and Key West Running Festival.
Scheduled Saturday, Oct. 12, the event dubbed the “SoMo” offers participants the chance to strive for speed and personal bests in a 26.2-mile marathon or 13.1-mile half-marathon. Also planned are a 5k race and a fitness expo.
The full marathon is to begin at 5:30 a.m. Saturday and the half marathon at 5:45 a.m. The start and finish lines for both are at Lagerheads Beach Bar, 0 Simonton St.
Race-day packet pickup is available starting at 4 a.m.
Water and “fueling” stations are to be located at regular intervals.
Awards await participants beginning at 9:45 a.m., when the presentation and post-race party kicks off at Lagerheads.
The 5k is scheduled Saturday as well, with a 6:30 a.m. packet pickup and 7:30 a.m. start. Racers run through parts of Old Town and into Truman Waterfront Park before returning to Lagerheads.
An 8 a.m. finish line party and 9:15 a.m. awards presentation round out the fun.
Before race day, runners can pick up their packets at Lagerheads from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. A race expo is set for Friday at Lagerheads as well.
Entry fees are $130 per person for the full marathon, $99 for the half-marathon and $35 for the 5k. Registered racers can receive rebates for referring their friends.
Proceeds are to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys.