2023 Schedule of Events for the 25th Anniversary Key West Half Marathon®

This year due to the ever changing situation with Covid-19, we are doing a modified in person race for the Key West Half Marathon & 5K. We will ship the race shirt and medal prior to you arriving in Key West, eliminating a crowded packet pick up area. The technology we are using for our events uses the GPS on your phone to monitor and guide you along the course and allows your friends and family members to follow along as well. If you choose not to travel to Key West, the app can also be used in your own hometown to see virtually where you would be on the course if you were in Key West. So basically you will have all week-end to run the course or courses on your own.

Right now this is what we have approved from the City of Key West and the Monroe County Health Department.  If anything changes we will certainly let you know.  This is obviously not what we intended when you signed up for the events.  We will offer no fee defers until November 30, 2020 or we can switch you to the virtual event and ship your shirt & medal if you decide not to travel to Key West.  We certainly hope to see you in balmy Key West in January.

RaceJoy is an app that you download for free and will run on your phone that will use the GPS capabilities to track your progress and send you alerts at critical parts of the course. Additionally, as you pass each mile, you will get a message indicating your progress and current pace. When you complete the course, you can send your results in to be shared online (you will receive a bib number that will be used for tracking your results). The app will be free and very easy to set up and use. You should take a few minutes to learn how to get set up prior to race day: The app will also allow you to sign up multiple events so if you wish to run the Half Marathon & the 5K you can pick the course and run all of them!  Because of the nature of this event there cannot be an Awards Party and Concert following the races.

Spectator / Participant Tutorial:  RaceJoy User Tutorial

So, while we cannot have the traditional event, there is no reason not to run the 23rd Annual Key West Half Marathon Run and 5K, and the best part is, you can now run it any time you want between January 16-January 18, here or in your hometown!

If you choose you can register for one or all three 5K courses, in additional to the Half Marathon. The 5K course will be the original Key West Half Marathon 5K course, Hemingway 5K Run course by the Southernmost Point and a no traffic option along the water on South Roosevelt Blvd.  Just be aware that all of these courses will be on your own with limited course assistance and you must adhere to the rules of the road.

We are working on several other activities for you to do on your own with friends or family – Paddle activities with Lazy Dog Outfitters, a Trivia Hunt, Rum tastings with a raffle.  Stay tuned for updates.

Thursday, January 12, 2023 (Day 1)

  • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm: Runner’s Meet & Greet
    Location:  Half Shell Raw Bar

Friday, January 13, 2023 (Day 2)

  •  3:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Runner’s Expo
    Location:  Outside the Half Shell Raw Bar

Saturday, January 14, 2023 (Day 3)

  • 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Runners Expo
    Location: Outside the Half Shell Raw Bar
  • ALL DAY: Pasta Dinner – $18.95 Includes Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread, and Salad.
    Location: Half Shell Raw Bar

Sunday, January 15, 2023 (Day 4 – Race Day)

  • 7:00 am: Half Marathon Start
    Location: Key West Historic Seaport
  • 7:30 am: 5K Start
    Location: Key West Historic Seaport
  • 9:00 am: 5K Awards at tables near bag check
  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Concert & Awards Party
    Location: Main Stage by Half Shell Raw Bar
  • 11:00 am: Half Marathon Awards at tables near bag check
  • 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Hemingway Rum Stroll Presented by Papa’s Pilar Rum includes six locations with a Papa’s Pilar Rum drink at each location.  Must be over 21, Entry Fee: $49 includes Custom Rum Stroll Race Shirt and rooster wrap.  More details to Come!
    Key West Beach N’ Beer Mile! The Beach N’ Beer Mile will be hosted at Southernmost Beach Cafe with a start and finish line on the beach.  This event takes place entirely on the Southernmost Beach Cafe property with a simple quarter-mile course as you drink a beer every quarter mile! All registrations include Custom Key West Beach N’ Beer Mile Race Shirt and rooster wrap, 4 beers, and raffles!  Must be over 21,  Entry Fee: $45 (Beer mile will be timed.)
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Farewell Party for Participants and Volunteers
    Location:  Sloppy Joe’s Dockside at the Perry Hotel located 7001 Shrimp Road, Key West, FL 33040.  Happy Hour pricing is 50% off from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm with daily food specials.

Join us for the Post Race Party featuring World Renowned Steel Drum Player Othello!!
Plus Free Seadog Beer & post race food!

Othello Molineaux : Renowned Steel Drum Player

Othello grew up in Trinidad playing steel drums. He emigrated to the States in the 1970’s to play and tour with the world famous Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander. He then went on to play with one of the most successful jazz pianists: Ahmad Jamal which gave Othello critical acclaim! His next major association was playing, recording and touring with the legendary South Florida bassist, Jaco Pastorious. Othello played throughout Jaco’s illustrious career. Othello recorded his 2nd CD in the 90’s. It rose to #27 on the U.S. R&B charts.

Othello wrote a 1st of it’s kind, “Steel Drum Instruction book” and held many classes in the schools in Miami. Othello was amongst the 1st few musicians to be inducted into the South Florida Music Hall of Fame. Othello performed alongside Key West’s The Survivors at The Green Parrot and Schooner Wharf Bar venues! He also toured with them in the Turks and Caicos Islands!

Othello performed with the Key West Soul Party at the celebrity concert for the Super Bowl in Miami. It was a great show with The Neville Bothers. Othello is often seen playing jazz concerts and in clubs throughout South Florida when not touring abroad.


To listen to Howard Livingston & the Mile Marker 24 Band tunes or to find out more information about their band visit: http://www.milemarker24.com

Sunday, January 15th | 1:00-6:00 pm

Hemingway Rum Stroll Presented by Papa’s Pilar Rum includes six locations with a Papa’s Pilar Rum drink at each location.  Must be over 21, Entry Fee: $49 includes Custom Rum Stroll Race Shirt and rooster wrap.  More details to Come!

Key West Beach N Beer Mile:

Starting and Finishing at the Southernmost Beach. 4 Beers, Chip Timed, Sublimated shirt, Rooster Wrap, and Raffles included. Hurry Up! Limited to the First 250 that Sign Up!

“Party Like a Local” with the Conch Republic Party Passport! 
USE SPECIAL HALF MARATHON CODE: RACE10  to get $10 off of the purchase price!
Order 2 or more and get an additional 25% OFF!
Proceeds help the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club provide college scholarships & more to the local community.
Good for hundreds of dollars worth of special ‘Locals’ Discounts,’ including complimentary meals, drinks, discounted attractions, water activities and more.
It’s a high quality, thread-sewn booklet with a linen cover that has the look and feel of an actual passport, and it’s good at over 35 bars, restaurants and attractions.
It’s a valuable keepsake of your Conch Republic visit, that you’ll treasure for many years to come!
…and it pays for itself over and over again!
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