37th Annual 7-Mile Bridge Run

April 14, 2018

This run is limited to 1500 runners

For your Best Race Ever – PLEASE READ:

SAFETY NOTICE:  During the race, runners must remain alert for the presence of emergency vehicles. At all times the eastbound (left) lane of the 7 Mile Bridge is OPEN FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES. All runners should keep to the right of the centerline of U.S. 1 for their own safety.

AID STATIONS:  Six aid stations will be available along the course, providing water and wet sponges. Emergency assistance will be by race official or ham radio operator. Read the enclosed health care information carefully. This is important.

HEAT WARNING:  All runners should be aware of the possible effects of hot weather on a distance runner. These include heat stroke, heat exhaustion and muscle cramps. The symptoms are:

a. Dizziness

b. Dry skin – no sweating

c. Redness

d. Nausea or cramps

e. Goose bumps on chest or arms

f.  Incoherent speech and thought

If you develop any of these symptoms, stop running and, if necessary, seek assistance.

NOTE: Average April temperatures range from a high of 82° F to a low of 73° F. Runners should be prepared for high humidity and temperatures.

POST MASSAGE:  The first 5 minutes will be compliments of Marathon Runners Club and all its sponsors for runners.

5:30 – 6:45  A.M. – Limited free parking is available at Switlik Elementary, 3400 Overseas Hwy, Marathon.  Packet Pickup will be available at the school.  Buses will be available for Runners to board for transport to the start line

6:45 A.M  7 Mile Bridge closes to all traffic.  Buses with runners leave Switlik for drop off at race start on East side of Bridge

7:10 A.M  Wheelchair Start

7:20 A.M  Race Begins

8:25 – 8:50 A.M  Buses will leave the start at 8:25. Runners still on the bridge as the buses approach will be picked up so the bridge can open at 9:00 A.M. (no exceptions)

9:00 A.M  Bridge Reopens and the first group of buses with runners leave the West side of Bridge to return to Switlik Elementary

Race T-shirts available at the shore of 33rd Street Ocean

9:30 A.M Awards at the shore of 33rd Street Ocean

Have a Great Race!

PRE-RACE PACKET PICKUP AND DINNERNumbers and T-shirts will be available for pick-up at Holiday Inn Express, 13201 Overseas Highway, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Friday, April 13. Pasta dinner will be available to purchase offering tasty pasta specials for runners and guests on the evening of Friday, April 13 at Tarpon Creek Restaurant, located at Holiday Inn Express.

SATURDAY PACKET PICKUP – PRE-RACE/NUMBER AND T-SHIRT PICK-UP – Packet Pickup will be available at Switlik Elementary, 3400 Overseas Hwy, Marathon between 5:30 – 6:45am


LODGING: Holiday Inn Express is our host motel.  For other lodging, please check out Marathon Chamber of Commerce website: www.floridakeysmarathon.com.


You must pick up your own number and present a photo ID (no exceptions).  If you registered early as a Monroe County, FL resident you must present a photo ID that matches the address you used when you registered (no exceptions).  NO REFUNDS

RACE TIME:  7:20 A.M., April 14, 2018.

ENTRY FEE:  $75.00, NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE for any reason. All proceeds go to children’s organizations. There is no rain date or other postponements due to weather or for any other reason mentioned in the Waiver of Liability.

PARKING & TRAFFIC INFORMATION IMPORTANT! Limited free parking is available at Stanley Switlik Elementary, 3400 Overseas Hwy between 5:15 am and 6:30am.  Packet Pickup will be available at the school beginning at 5:30.  Buses will be at the school for runners to board for transport to the start line. ALL RUNNERS WHO WISH TO BE BUSED TO THE START LINE MUST BE SEATED ON A BUS NO LATER THAN 6:30!  THE LAST BUSES TO THE START LINE WILL LEAVE THE SCHOOL AT 6:45   Runners are encouraged to carpool or to park elsewhere.  Please allow extra time as the bridge will close precisely at 6:45 A.M. and the run will begin at 7:20 A.M.  ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING AT THE START LINE OR FINISH LINE.

The bridge will be closed to all except emergency vehicles at 6:45 A.M. and will not reopen until 9:00 A.M.  The run will begin at 7:20 am; runners must be across the finish line by 8:50, when the finish line is closed.  All runners not across the finish line by 8:50 MUST board the shag buses that stop for this purpose.

Buses will be provided at the finish line to transport runners back to the school after the bridge reopens at 9:00 AM.  All buses with runners will return to Stanley Switlik Elementary.  Shag buses will be provided for runners who will not be across the bridge in the allotted time.  These runners are REQUIRED to board the bus or face a ban for future runs.

For safety – you must wait for the bus. Overloaded vehicles will be stopped.

Tune in to 104.1 FM, US -1 RADIO to listen to a special commercial-free music mix broadcast during the race.


NUMBER PICK-UP:  Numbers and T-shirts will be available for pick-up at Holiday Inn Express, 13201 Overseas Highway, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Friday, April, 13 and before the start of the race, Saturday, April 14, starting from 5:30 – 6:30am at Switlik Elementary, 3400 Overseas Highway. YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR OWN NUMBER AND PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION that matches the address you used when registering, along with your confirmation receipt which will be e-mailed to you. Get your numbers early because the race will start on time. RUNNER’S NUMBER MUST BE PINNED ON FRONT AND BE VISIBLE. DO NOT REMOVE the B Tag from the back of the race number. These two tags must remain on the back of the race number in order to be timed and scored. Do not FOLD or BEND these timing tags.

SCORING:  This race is being timed with the State of the Art Chrono Track Timing System. Each participant will have their timing B tag placed on the back of their bib number. DO NOT REMOVE or bend this B tag. On race day, runners are asked to pin their race number to the front of their t-Shirt ONLY. If possible, please do not pin it to running shorts.  Each participant will have two timing B tags on the back of the race number which will record start and finish time.  Make sure these tags are not folded, bent, or removed from the race number. Once taken off it cannot be placed on the  bib again and expected to work. For further information:   www.splitsecondtiming.com

SPLIT TIMES:  Splits will be given at 5K mile and at the 10K mark.

REFRESHMENTS:  There will be plenty of cold soda, beer and water after the race.

DIVISIONS:  Top 3 male/female overall winners, M/F overall Master, Grand Master, Senior Grand Master plus age division winners, 3 deep. Note: Overall winners and Master divisions are not eligible for age group awards. Age groups include for Men and Women: Under 8, 9-12, 13-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 & over.

AWARDS:  Awards will be presented to the top overall winners, top overall Master, Grand Master, Senior Grand Master and the top three in each age division. Awards ceremony will be immediately following the race at the shore of 33rd Street Ocean. You must be present to claim your award.

RUN RESULTS:  www.splitsecondtiming.com and  www.keysnews.com