THE KEYS100 IS HERE!!
Final thoughts before the race
PACKET PICK-UP FRIDAY EVENING
All 100-mile individual runners and team representatives must pick-up race packets on Friday between 5:00 and 7:00 and attend the pre-race meeting at 7:00. 50-mile runners may check-in at that time or on Saturday morning in Marathon. FYI, cotton race tee shirts will be available for sale for $15.00 each, both long and short sleeve.
SATURDAY MORNING CHECK-IN
All 100-mile teams and runners must check-in at the Starter’s table in the Tradewind’s Center parking lot prior to the race start. We need to know who is actually out on the course race day.
VOLUNTEERS, INCLUDING CREW
Each race participant—runners, crew members and volunteers—must complete a race waiver form. For those who have not already done so, forms will be available and may be completed at pre-race check in.
RACE START; NIGHT GEAR
The 100 mile individual race will begin at 6:00 AM. The Relay Team race will begin at 6:15 AM. Please plan accordingly. Although the start for each race will be before sunrise, night gear is NOT required. You will be running on bike trail until well after sun-up, with the exception of crossing the northbound lanes of US#1 at a traffic light about 1 mile into the race. You may wish to carry a flashlight for a better view of the running surface, but that’s optional. Running after sundown on Saturday night DOES require night gear as described in the race rules: blinking lights front and rear and reflective clothing or tape visible 360 degrees. Being seen by motorists traveling (and passing) in both directions is vital for safely when running the Lower Keys at night. This requirement will be strictly enforced.
RACE VEHICLE SIGNAGE
Individual runners: bib # and racer name must be visible on the vehicle.
Teams: Team name must be visible on the vehicle.
All support vehicles: will be required to display two (2) different safety signs on the rear of the vehicle. This is a requirement of the State FDOT permit. These signs will be provided at pre-race check-in. Blue painters tape will be available in the Tradewinds Shopping Center parking lot just before the race start if you need it to attach signs to cars.
POST-RACE AWARDS EVENT AT NOON ON SUNDAY
Duval Square in downtown Key West at 1075 Duval Street will be the location for this year’s party. Duval Square is a shaded, architectural promenade with four restaurants, a cigar bar and many shops and offices. The restaurants are working together to offer a selection of their food and beverage specialties. There is free parking in the Duval Square lot in the rear of the property and across the street at the County Administration Building, 1100 Simonton Street. Enter these lots from the Simonton Street side.
TRANSPORTATION FROM KEY WEST TO KEY LARGO AFTER THE RACE
“Keys Shuttle” has agreed to add a route on Sunday afternoon to drive runners to Marathon and Key Largo. They have notified us that their van will leave Duval Square at approximately 1:30 PM, after the KEYS100 Awards event. If interested, you must reserve a seat by calling “Keys Shuttle” at 888-765-9997.
ACTIVE CELL PHONE IN TEAM OR CREW SUPPORT VEHICLE
For safety reasons, at check-in on Friday night or Saturday morning, please indicate the phone that will be operational during the race in case contact is necessary from race or medical staff.
Thanks to all of you who have raised funds to battle prostate cancer. (Earning a full entry fee rebate by raising funds is still open to everyone.) Donation accounting will be completed after the race and fundraisers notified of dollars raised on their behalf.
TRAFFIC IN THE KEYS
Overseas Highway is the only way in and out of Monroe County. If there is a serious traffic accident, the road may be blocked for an extended period. That would impact the ability of crew support and team vehicles, and race volunteers, to be on time or at the expected location. Be aware and prepared for the unexpected on race weekend.
Runners will be required to follow the route precisely. To make it easy, a copy of the detailed Route Map will be distributed and reviewed at pre-race meetings; any questions will be answered then. In addition, race signs and chalk markings will help guide runners to runnable bridges, road crossings, etc. Overseas Highway will only be crossed six times with the last one prior to the Seven Mile Bridge.
Don’t forget to smell the roses—rather, check out the sea life--when crossing bridges or taking a break. Enjoy this unique place called the Florida Keys!