Aderire Southernmost Marathon & Runners Festival Weekend
Imagine running through the southernmost island in the United States while enjoying a break from the ordinary. The Southernmost Marathon & Half / Key West Running Festival promises just that- 26.2, 13.1, 6.2 or 3.1 miles of ocean and gulf views, as well as iconic Key West landmarks. The Marathon Course is USATF certified. Join us this fall for Key West and the Florida Keys premier race- the Southernmost Marathon & Half presented by Pat Croce’s Rum Barrel. Come for the race and stay for a good time!
More than 400 runners and walkers crossed the finish line each year at Key West’s Southernmost Marathon and Half Marathon, which takes runners along the shoreline of — just as its name suggests — the southernmost point in the United States, here along the tip of South Florida, roughly 90 miles across the Gulf of Mexico from Cuba.
Punti salienti del corsoThe out-and-back course start near the western end of the island, at the Rum Barrel Bar & Restaurant at Front Street and Simonton Street. From there, the half marathoners and the full marathoners will follow the same course for roughly the first 7 1/2 miles, heading around the western and southern edges of the island to U.S. 1. The first few miles of the race — which is virtually all flat throughout, and never higher than a few feet above sea level — take runners through Key West’s Old Town neighborhood, where most of the tourist attractions and signature Key West-style architecture can be found, everything from restored wooden homes with lush tropical trees and plants growing outside to the Ernest Hemingway House, where the legendary author lived throughout most of the 1930s. Runners will trek out to the Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in the first two miles, where they’ll get a look at this Civil War-era fort and an 1860s-era African Burial Ground, believed to be a cemetery for African refugees, and the only one of its kind anywhere in the U.S. After that out-and-back stretch, runners make their way east back to Whitehead Street, where they’ll turn right and head south to the actual location of the Southernmost Point of the continental U.S., a giant red, black and yellow bullet-shaped landmark that’s pretty impossible to miss. Next, the course heads to Higgs Beach and then to South Roosevelt Boulevard, which will take runners for the next few miles to the turnaround point at the intersection with U.S. 1. Once they make the turnaround, runners retrace their steps back onto South Roosevelt and go back the way they just came from. They’ll continue the same path all the way back to Whitehead Street — this time, skipping the out-and-back out to Fort Taylor — to the finish line back at the Rum Barrel on Front Street.
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