Half marathon and 5K race set

Participants of the Key Largo Bridge Run make their way across Jewfish Creek Bridge. DOUG FINGER/Keys Weekly

A renowned race over an iconic bridge is back. The 2021 First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk returns to Gilbert’s Resort. 

The Key Largo Bridge Run will take place on Nov. 14 with an estimated race start time of 6:30 a.m. for the half marathon and 5K distance. The start and finish line for the race will be located on the access road leading to Gilbert’s Resort, and the course will run over the beautiful Jewfish Creek Bridge while overlooking Blackwater Sound in the Key Largo Bay.  

Half marathon participants will get an added bonus of running next to the ocean as they approach and depart Manatee Bay.

Participants gather at Rowell’s Waterfront Park for the finish of the First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run Half Marathon and 4-Mile Run/Walk in November 2019. DOUG FINGER/Keys Weekly

“Returning to Gilbert’s Resort has been a blessing in disguise,” said Henry Menendez, HNO Productions president. “Due to renovations at our home from the 2019 race, Rowell’s Waterfront Park, we will now reroute our runners to return to Gilbert’s Resort for the post-race festivities and continue providing a fun-filled experience with breathtaking views.”  

Race organizers thanked Ken Frost and Murray Franklin from Gilbert’s Resort for working with the Key Largo Bridge Run management team in order to make the event successful.

The race will be timed. All participants will receive a shirt and will be awarded with a medal after crossing the finish line. There will also be overall and age group awards. 

To stay up to date with upcoming information about the race, like the First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run’s Facebook page or visit