Chalk up the annual Cow Key Bridge Run to one of those, “Only-in-Key-West” events that blends fun, fundraising and, yes, a few drinks before and after this questionably athletic event.

Key West author and entrepreneur David Sloan created the run seven or eight years ago as Key West’s answer to the more athletically challenging Seven-Mile Bridge Run, which occurs each April in the Middle Keys. (Upcoming construction on the Key West bridge prompted a date change this year.) Sloan recognized non-runners’ desire to pin a number to their chest and get a t-shirt for covering some distance, however short.

The Cow Key Bridge between Key West and Stock Island is less than a quarter-mile long, yet this year’s run drew an estimated 1,000 participants.

“It was another great event and a great opportunity to raise money for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Animal Farm.”

Corey Oostveen emerges from the race pack to win his third consecutive title, crossing the Cow Key Bridge in about 18 seconds.

\\Corey Oostveen emerges from the race pack to win his third consecutive title, crossing the Cow Key Bridge in about 18 seconds.
Local photographer and costume creator extraordinaire Virginia Wark is in position to shoot some cows (with her camera, of course.)
The Cow Pie Construction crew makes their way across the bridge.

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