30th Annual Papa’s Pilar Rum Hemingway 5K Sunset Run/Walk and Paddleboard Race

Set for July 20, 2019

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Old Town Key West will host runners, fitness walkers and paddleboard enthusiasts testing their skills and celebrating Ernest Hemingway’s sporting lifestyle on Saturday, July 20th. The longest on-going race in Key West, the Hemingway 5K Sunset Run/Walk and Paddleboard Race was rated in 2018 #3 on Active.com’s list of top ten international destination races to turn into a vacation.

The well-established athletic challenges are part of Hemingway Days, a six-day commemoration of the life and work of the author who lived and wrote in Key West for most of the 1930s. The race is presented by Hemingway Rum Company — Makers of Papa’s Pilar Rum.

“This is the hottest race in Key West! Literally!” said organizer Barbara Wright. “It’s held on a hot summer night here, but the great thing is participants can jump in the beautiful Key West waters to cool off after the race and there are lots of cold libations to satisfy your thirst!”

The Paddleboard Race will kick off at 5:30 p.m. at the island city’s Southernmost Beach, 1405 Duval St. on the Atlantic Ocean. A 3-mile ocean course will challenge paddlers before they finish back at the beach.

Then, at 7:30 p.m., the popular 5K Run/Walk will begin at the Southernmost Point in the continental United States, oceanfront at Whitehead and South streets. Participants race through picturesque Old Town Key West, past landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, Green Parrot Bar, the Key West Lighthouse, and Custom House as they complete the fast, flat 3.1-mile course.

On race day, a registration booth will be open from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on the beach outside of the Southernmost Beach Café. Race packets, bibs and shirts can be picked up there. Collectible race tech shirts feature images by renowned photographer Alan S. Maltz.

Afterwards, a great post-race awards beach party with live reggae music is scheduled outside in the same area and includes free food, libations, and raffles.

Paddleboard awards will be presented to the first- through 10th-place male and female finishers, plus to the top first- through third-place male and female race boards. In the 5K, awards await the top three male and female overall finishers, top three male and female masters, and top three male and female finishers in five-year age categories ranging from 9 and under to 75 and over. Great prizes, including Caribbean trips, will go to the overall winners.

In addition, those competing in allchallenges will receive unique finisher medals.

Interested participants can register online at Active.com or download registration forms by visiting keywesthalfmarathon.com.

The entry fee includes a collectible race tech shirt, chip timing, custom bibs, food, finisher medals, libations and lots of great giveaways including Caribbean Resort Trips for up to four!

Proceeds benefit Key West Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Fund and the FKCC Youth Swim Program. Sponsored by Hemingway Rum Company – Makers of Papa’s Pilar Rum and in part by Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Southernmost Beach Resort, Islamorada Beer Company, Alan S. Maltz Gallery, Hemingway Home & Museum, Ocean Sotheby’s, Margaritaville Resort & Marina, Lazy Dog Key West, and Elite Caribbean Island Resorts, and includes prizes from many great Key West establishments, including Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe and Sunshine Scooters!

More information: Barb Wright (305) 240-0727 or visit keywestspecialevents.com.

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