Several hundred runners are expected to race through Key West’s historic Old Town and waterfront areas Sunday, January 23, during the annual Key West Half Marathon & Inaugural 5K Run. Set to begin at 7 am, the sporting challenge takes place on a flat, fast 13.1-mile half-marathon course in the scenic island city. The 5K Run will start ten minutes after the Half Marathon.

Now in its 13 year, the race typically attracts participants from throughout the United States, as well as other countries including Great Britain, Canada and Mexico, to compete in Key West’s balmy January climate.

A registration booth for the race is to be set up from 5-8 pm Saturday, January 22, at Dante’s Restaurant, 951 Caroline Street. Race packets can be picked up at that time. The registration booth also will be open on race day starting at 6 am.

Plans call for the run to begin and end in Key West’s Historic Seaport at Caroline and Margaret streets.

Events surrounding the race include a Saturday night pasta dinner special and guest speaker Paul Marmaro at Dante’s Restaurant.

Paul has an extensive personal training background including training the elderly, cardiac rehab patients, three high school state champions, two Olympic trial qualifiers, clients with addictive disorders, severe phobias, children, Type 2 diabetics, obese clients and physical therapy outpatient clients.

Paul Marmaro has been a certified personal fitness trainer since 1991. He received his certification from the American College of Sports Medicine after graduating with a BS from Louisiana State University with a focus on Exercise Physiology and a minor in Psychology.

Sunday is the awards ceremony and post–race party with free refreshments and prize giveaways.

Awards are to be presented in the Half Marathon to the first- through third-place male and female finishers in categories ranging from age 9 and under to age 75 and over, as well as the top overall competitors and those in the masters and military divisions.

The entry fee is $50 per person before January 15 and $60 per person thereafter. The 5K Run entry fee is $30. The first 800 entrants are to receive a race dry weave shirt designed by a local artist.

Proceeds are to benefit the Florida Keys Community College youth swim program and Key West Gator Club scholarship fund.

For more information, please call Barb Wright/Race Founder/Coordinator at 305-240-0727.

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