ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Distance runners and visitors who relish a challenge in the Florida Keys’ mild temperatures can participate in Islamorada’s annual Half Marathon, 10k, Rumrunner Run 5k and Beach N’ Beer Mile scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11.
Spaces remain for runners of all ages and skill levels to register for the subtropical road race, whether they’re bucket-list competitors or newbies.
The Rumrunner Run 5k is to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday with a start and finish at Islamorada’s Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina, mile marker 84 oceanside. Runners will head over and back across the Whale Harbor Bridge. In addition to a finisher medal, participants are to receive a free rumrunner from the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar.
The popular and fun Beach N’ Beer Mile kicks off at noon Saturday at Postcard Inn. Runners must consume four beers over a 1-mile course, with a start and finish line on the peninsula of Bimini Row surrounded by the ocean on all sides. Organizers said the best time to beat for this challenge is seven minutes.
Sunday’s main half-marathon and 10k events also are headquartered at Postcard Inn and take place from 7 a.m. to noon. Starting with a stunning sunrise over Whale Harbor Bridge, the scenic course has runners heading south toward Indian Key, turning and heading back north with a finish at Postcard Inn.
Awards await the top three finishers in all races, as do age group awards for the 5k, 10k and half-marathon.
Online registration fee is $110 per person for the half-marathon, $75 per person for the 10k, $55 for the 5k and $45 per person for the Beer Mile.
Event information: islamoradahalfmarathon.com