Florida Keys 7 Mile Bridge Run Registration Opens

7 Mile Bridge Run

The Seven Mile Bridge Run near Marathon, Florida crosses the longest bridge span in the Florida Keys. (Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

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.

7 Mile Bridge Run

Runners cross the Seven Mile Bridge’s highest point at 65-feet. (Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

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.

Registration for the race is $60. For more information about the race or to register, visit www.7mbrun.com at Active.com.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a regular contributor to SHAPE.com, TV host for events like the Panasonic New York City Triathlon + race announcer at events like the TCS New York City Marathon. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 7 marathons, 22 halves, 6 triathlons, moonlights as a wedding singer, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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02 2014

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  1. 1

    That race looks incredible! I love being near the ocean, so doing an entire race surrounded by it would be amazing. I may have to add it to my race bucket list :0)

  2. 3

    What an awesome race! I don’t think I’ll make it this year (too many other races), but it will definitely be added to my bucket list of races to do. I stayed on Marathon Island before the WDW Marathon 2012 (my first marathon) and my last long run before the event was on the old bridge. So cool! And I could head down and play in Key West after!

  3. 5

    Those photos are amazing – makes me want to do the race!
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  4. Marlin Yoder #

    I ran a marathon that was all on the beach in Texas last year, and there is only so much ocean one wants to look at, after a while I was ready for a change of scenery!

    • Karla Bruning

      Haha, that’s how I feel about ice and snow. I’d trade staring at snow for a marathon of staring at the ocean right about now!
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      • Marlin Yoder #

        True (and I did run on the beach in Texas last year in Feb. so the warm temps were nice) although I don’t mind the snow so much, kind of enjoy it (am getting tired of minus 0 temps though).
        I am running the Myrtle Beach marathon next weekend, so hopefully they won’t have snow, although I wouldn’t rule it out this winter!

  5. 11

    I have always wanted to run this race! It’s definitely on my bucket list to do some year.
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  6. Bennett Harris #

    Hey Karla! Great story! Very professionally written. I kept looking to see what paper you worked and was surprised to see it was just a blog post! Ha! I am also a former journalist (laid off in ’10) and think its great that you are combining your passion for two things you love. I am so pumped for this race! I got in for the first time and my wife and I are actually planning or anniversary trip around this race! We are also running nerds! Are you running it?

    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks, Bennett! Sounds like that will be an amazing anniversary trip! My husband and I did our first anniversary around a race in Hawaii. It made it really special. Sadly, I’m not running thing one. It will have to stay on my bucket list. I definitely want to run it some day!
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  7. Renvey Williams #

    Looking 4ward to the 2015 KW 7MB Run. When can I register?

    • Karla Bruning

      They haven’t announced when registration will be for the 2015 yet. My guess is a similar time frame as last year. Stay tuned!


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