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, the host of NYRR's On The Run web + TV show, and a 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 she freelances as a running reporter. She's run 7 marathons, 20 halves, 6 triathlons, sings in an '80s cover band, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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