a person standing on top of a bridge under a cloudy sky
Sights from the 2023 First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run Saturday, December 2, 2023 on Jewfish Creek Bridge. DOUG FINGER/Keys Weekly

With June 5 marking Global Running Day, runners and walkers mapping out their next races can sign up for the annual First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run.

Registration has officially opened for the race, a 5k run and walk into the Florida Keys from Jewfish Creek Bridge in Key Largo. The race over the infamous bridge provides runners and walkers with a view unlike any other as the sun rises above the Keys — the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Florida Bay on the other. 

“As we enter the 14th year since its inception, the First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run continues to be one of the more beautiful races throughout the Florida Keys,” said Henry Menendez, race director. “It is a quick 5k with plenty of time to enjoy the views of the bay and Blackwater Sound.”

Those interested in signing up can visit keylargobridgerun.com. Registration fees for adults are $40 per person until 11:59 p.m. on June 5. The price will rise to $45 beginning June 6. The race usually sells out, with hundreds of runners and walkers from the Florida Keys, portions of Florida and other states scaling the 65-foot bridge.

“We are looking to elevate the race once again this year,” Menendez said. “Our goal continues to make this a memorable experience for all participants.”

Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy is one of the many who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures in Western New York. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 5-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club. When he's not working, he's busy chasing his son, Lucas, around the house and enjoying time with family.