Monday, May 11, 2009

Jewfish Creek Bridge run set for fall

I am so excited to participate in the inaugural run across the new Jewfish Creek Bridge!!
I plan on running it with my 70 year old Dad, just as we did in the inaugural 7-mile bridge run in 1982!! This will be his 515th road race and he is retiring his running shoes after this one.
Organizers are planning a 5K run, which we are doing and a 1/2 Marathon as well.
What an incredible view to enjoy while running.
I saw this article in the site and wanted to share it for more detail on the run.

Jewfish Creek Bridge run set for fall
By STEVE GIBBS Citizen Staff
Organizers of a health expo and bridge run planned for the fall hope to draw 1,500 participants -- and lots of money for multiple charities that will benefit from the event.
The first Jewfish Creek Bridge run, set for Nov. 14, is expected to attract 1,000 runners for a half marathon, which is 13.1 miles, and another 500 runners for the 5K, which is 3.1 miles. The 65-foot-tall bridge is 1.5 miles long.
The cost is $70 for the half marathon and $35 for the 5K. Official timers will be on hand for the event, sanctioned by the U.S. Track Field Association. Runners will receive T-shirts and all finishers will receive a medal.
While the 5K course is northbound on U.S. 1 over the bridge and immediately back again, the half marathon course continues up to Manatee Bay Marina at the Monroe-Miami-Dade County line before turning around and heading back to the starting point. "The 5K might be the most demanding of the races, since runners have to cross the bridge twice in succession," said Candy Basilius, a Key Largo Baptist Church member who is helping to spearhead the event, in conjunction with TIB Bank and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. "We're attempting to raise money for several different charities."
They include the church, Autism Society of the Keys, YMCA of Key Largo and Jacobs Aquatic Center.
Runners can register and pick up their packets the day before the race, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the free health expo at the Key Largo Holiday Inn. On race day, runners will gather on Reef Drive between the fire station and Circle K convenience store at Mile Marker 107. The race begins at 6:30 a.m.
The race will not affect southbound traffic on the 18 Mile Stretch. Northbound traffic will be routed to Card Sound Road.

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