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Athletes. Try something different: Exciting ultramarathon length races from 50 kilometers to 100 miles--or a 25 kilometer trail race in the Everglades. Or, picture yourself and five friends, each running 16 or 17 total miles—just a few at a time—completing a 100 mile competition. Pure joy!
The original KEYS100 is held the third Saturday in May in the unique and beautiful Florida Keys. Race across the islands in individual races of 100 or 50 miles or 50 kilometers (31 miles), or in our unique 100 mile six person team relay. Or, try the EVERGLADES ULTRAS through the swamplands, grassland prairies and woodlands of the Florida Everglades, held on the third Saturday in February. Race 50 mile, 50 Km or 25 Km options, all within the self-contained boundaries of the Fakahathchee Strand Preserve, Florida’s largest state park. Whether road or trail, yours will be a truly memorable experience racing South Florida's premiere ultramarathon running events.
Spectacular water views and alternate venues unique to the Sunshine State are what people come to Florida to see, and each of our races features a beautiful and memorable location. Each race promotes fundraising for a worthy cause—for example, prostate and other cancers—and encourages runners to join the effort or run in support of charities of their own choosing. Awards and finisher medals, race buckles and shirts are designed to reflect the geography and culture of the race location. Individual competitors and team members will enjoy their official race “trophies” as much as they’ll be proud of their race accomplishment! And, you will be joining the growing community of ultra-distance runners who, more than any other sport, support and encourage each other on these exceptional journeys in recognition of the challenge they are undertaking.
UltraSports Races: Defining TermsUltramarathon
Simply any running race of greater than 26.2 miles—i.e., official marathon length. The most common race distances are 50 kilometers (31 miles), 50 miles, 100 kilometers (62 miles) and 100 miles, although many variations exist. Longer distance races, such as the legendary Badwater 135 (135 miles) and Spartathlon (250 km), may be found in locations around the world. Stage races run over a period of days, like Marathon des Sables in the Moroccan Sahara Desert and Grand 2 Grand Ultra in the American Southwest (North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the Grand Staircase on Utah) and fixed-time races (described below) are all ultra-distance variations.
If you enjoy training with friends, you will love ultramarathon distance relay races. Each team member runs just a portion of the total mileage. For hundreds of thousands of people who have participated in half or full marathons and are looking for something different, the team relay is a competitive format that average and elite runners alike can do and thoroughly enjoy. Team members take turns as the active runner while the others ride and recover in the team support vehicle to await their turns. Our relay races cover 100 miles. This is roughly half the course length—and at six runners, half the team size—of most ultra-relay races across the country. Team members tell us that six-person teams are much easier to organize and team members stay more engaged throughout the event. Faster teams will complete the race in 10-12 hours; others may take up to 20 or more. Another major feature of the UltraSports format is that running segments are variable in length: the team decides how long each “leg” will be and how many segments each member will run. Teams create their own race strategies rather than being given fixed leg assignments, and may even modify their plan during the race if weather or other conditions dictate. Ask our race veterans and they will tell you that this element adds a lot to the excitement and fun on race day.
The Team Relay Race:
The “Original” KEYS100 is a point-to-point race. Teams run the length of the Florida Keys from Key Largo to Higgs Beach on Key West, where the race ends and the party begins.
For individuals seeking a break from the ordinary, our selection of races from 50 Km (31 miles) to 100 miles includes one just for you! (In the Everglades, we’re offering a shorter trail race of 25 kilometers, or 15.6 miles, too.) Each is run in a unique and beautiful water-oriented setting, or in the exotic ‘Glades. Runners are fully supported by volunteers at aid stations placed strategically along the route. Water, ice, sports drink, a complement of food and more are offered at each site. Race marshals patrol active areas of the course for safety and to enforce race rules. At the finish line you receive your well-earned finisher medal and, in the Keys, the coveted KEYS100 belt buckle for those completing the individual 100 mile race). After your finish, stay and relax with food and a beverage or two, and swap yarns with old and new ultra-friends. Awards party with live music and presentations to all the winners, too.
The KEYS100 includes races of 100 miles from Key Largo to Key West, 50 miles from Marathon to Key West and 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Big Pine Key to Key West. Whether it’s your first “ultra” or a perfectly timed warm-up for Badwater, racing in the Keys with your own support crew or on your own will give you all the challenge you can handle while running across the islands along the unforgettable turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay!
The EVERGLADES ULTRAS are destined to be a story-filled adventure you’ll be talking about long after the finish! With three race distances of 50 miles, 50 kilometers (31 miles) and 25 kilometers (15.6 miles), this opportunity will be a fine fit for a great many endurance runners. This is “the real deal”—a race not around, but right through the varied environments of the Florida Everglades. Running on preserved “trams”—raised trails that were once used to transport cypress logs on rails to market—runners will pass right through exotic swampland, and grassland prairie and wooded “uplands”, and on a typical day see a great variety of plant and animal life along the way.
Pick your race, grab your crew or group of running friends, or help your company or organization create a team. Tell your local high school or college track or cross country team that an UltraSports race is waiting for them in South Florida. And, bring your family to cheer your success and enjoy the beauty of these tropical destinations. We look forward to seeing you at the starting line of these exciting running events.