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 race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


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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