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.”