Packet pick-up on Friday evening, May 15th is from 5:00 until 7:00 PM. The pre-race meeting starts at 7:00 PM, NOT at 7:30 as erroneously indicated in our last newsletter.
Note: There will be an overflow crowd. If you want a chair, arrive early.
Post-race Awards party: Sunday afternoon, May 17th, beginning at 4:00 PM, and NOT at 4:00 AM as incorrectly printed in the last newsletter. Location is Dante’s of Key West, at “Conch Harbor Marina”, 955 Caroline St. at corner of Grinnell St. One free drink ticket (for beer, wine or unlimited soft drink) will be included in each racer’s bag.
I apologize for any confusion these two errors may have caused.
Now posted on the race website, www.keys100.com, is the race map and notes about the course. This tool is a must for every runner and team to use during the race, and to study in advance. We will review this Map at the pre-race meeting. A copy will be distributed to each runner and team at that time.
50-MILE RACE CHECK-IN AND MEETING
Reminder, 50-milers may attend Friday night’s meeting in Key Largo and pick-up their race packet there. Otherwise, packet pick-up will be from 8:30-9:30 AM at the race starting area in Marathon, with the pre-race meeting at 9:30 AM sharp. Each runner must attend either the Friday night or Saturday morning meeting.
This is the second annual KEYS100. In the inaugural 2008 event, a total of 141 runners participated in the three races. Because items like tee shirts, finisher medals and 100-mile buckles must be ordered well in advance of race day, we optimistically anticipated a doubling of the field to 280, and ordered accordingly. In fact, our numbers are now in excess of 330, an exciting development that will make the race experience that much more fun for all. However, we know for sure that we will run out of some RACER tee shirt sizes as well as finisher medals. After the race, we will place orders for more of those items as needed, and mail shirts and medals to anyone who does not receive one next weekend. I apologize in advance for this (nice-to-have) problem, and promise that no one, in the end, will be short-changed. Thanks for your understanding and patience.
At pre-race check-in, each runner and team will receive one set of two different 12”x18” signs to place on your crew or team vehicle. These “safety” signs are required by the terms of our permit with the Florida Department of Transportation. The best way to attach these signs to your vehicle is to use blue painters tape. This tape will hold the sign securely and not damage your paint. We will have a few rolls of tape available on Saturday morning at the Tradewinds Shopping Center parking lot prior to the race, but I recommend that you bring your own roll of painters tape with you. There will be in excess of 100 vehicles in the lot, so plan accordingly.
AWARDS AND AWARDS PROGRAM
Note that the top five (5) relay teams will win awards this year, and not just the top three (3) teams as previously announced. There will be a couple of surprise awards, as well.
If you will be unable to attend the Awards Party on Sunday afternoon, please tell the person helping you at pre-race check-in. Thanks.
Check the competitor list on the website for your bib number. We will distribute race packets by bib number to streamline the process and minimize wait time at check-in on Friday night and Saturday morning. Bib numbers will also be posted for your convenience at the pre-race check-in locations.
At Friday night’s pre-race check-in, an area will be marked for “On-Site Registration, Q&A, and Rides Needed”. Anyone interested in alternate travel arrangements back to Key Largo should congregate there. There will not be a formal process to facilitate transportation. We trust, however, that marking a location for this purpose and spreading the word will be helpful and create the appropriate opportunity for you to find a ride—or a rider to keep you company and help with the gas.