Registration for the 7 Mile Bridge Run in the Florida Keys opens Tuesday, February 11 at 6 a.m. EST. The race, in the appropriately named town of Marathon, Fla., will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The 6.8-mile race is capped at 1,500 runners. Registration will be open until Thursday, February 13 at 9 a.m. EST or until the race sells out. And guess what? It sells out every year.
If you happen to be lucky enough to be a Florida Keys resident, registration for a limited number of entries opens Thursday, February 6 at 6:00 a.m. EST.
I’ve never run the 7 Mile Bridge Run, but I’ve had my eye on it since the fall, when I first heard about the nearby Southernmost Marathon in Key West.
Talk about a scenic run. The 7 Mile Bridge Run covers the entire span of the Seven Mile Bridge, the eighth longest bridge in the U.S. It’s part of the 113-mile Overseas Highway that connects the Florida Keys to the mainland.
The race was first held in 1982 after completion of a four-year bridge reconstruction project. Runners are surrounded by water throughout the entire race as they run between Knight’s Key and Little Duck Key.
Organized by the Marathon Runners Club, the 7 Mile Bridge Run serves as a fundraiser for local Florida Keys schools and youth groups. The festivities include a pasta dinner the night before and a post-pace party. The Holiday Inn Express in Marathon is the host hotel. Other lodging can be found at www.fla-keys.com.