The Key West Half Marathon, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, is taking place on Sunday, Jan. 14. The Keys Auto Center will have several of its vehicles on display at the race Expo on Jan. 13 and 14 and one of its vehicles will lead the Half Marathon.
“In a year like we’ve had, it’s great to have local businesses want to be so involved with our 20th Anniversary celebration,” said Barbara Wright, event founder and co-organizer. “We’re trying to support the locals, too, by encouraging runners to contribute to the local Habitat for Humanity organization. So far, our race participants have contributed a significant amount of money to the cause.”
More than 12 other charities annually receive a portion of the race’s proceeds, the largest of which is Key West’s Sunrise Rotary. The Rotary uses the funds for its Key West High School scholarship program. Others are: Womankind, Zonta Club of Key West, Southernmost Coconut Castaways, Key West middle and high school athletic programs, One World One Campus, Sigsbeee Charter School, and the Coast Guard Committee.
Contributions are thanks to nearly 4500 runners who compete in both the Half Marathon and also the 5K Run.
Now in its 20th year, the race has earned prestigious kudos including in being noted as a must-do or
“bucket list” half marathon in both “Runner’s World” and “Competitor” magazines. Over the years, Wright said, it has attracted participants from every U.S. state and more than 30 other countries to compete in the Florida Keys’ subtropical January climate.
The half-marathon will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at the corner of Key West’s Caroline and Grinnell streets and proceed on a flat, fast 13.1-mile course through the island city’s scenic Old Town and Atlantic Ocean shoreline. The associated 5K Run will start at 7:30 a.m. In true Key West style, an awards ceremony and post-race party are scheduled with entertainment by Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band.
For more information, contact Keys Auto Center at 305-294-5126 or stop by: 1618 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West.
For race information, visit www.keywesthalfmarathon.com or call Barbara Wright at 305-240-0727. ¦