SPECIAL FREE OFFER TO UN-CREWED 50-MILE AND 50-KILOMETER RUNNERS: On race morning, chartered vans will leave the finish line area at Higgs Beach in Key West where you may park your vehicle. At 7:00AM the 50-kilometer van will depart for the Chamber of Commerce property in Big Pine Key for pre-race check-in, orientation and the race start. At 10:30AM the 50-mile van will depart for the Marathon Garden Club property in Marathon for pre-race check-in, orientation and the race start. This provides the option for un-crewed 50-mile and 50K runners to leave their cars near the finish line so that they are readily accessible after the race. Reserve your seat (required) by sending an email request no later than April 30 to: Meleah.Spencer@gmail.com
FLYING TO KEYS100: The closest and most convenient commercial airports are Miami International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International. Miami is closer to the Keys, but Fort Lauderdale offers easier access and is a viable alternative. Full car rental facilities are available at both airports. The Key West airport offers commercial service but flights are limited. At this time, no commercial flights are available in Marathon. If you do not wish to drive to the Keys, commercial ground transportation is available from both major airports to Key Largo and Marathon. A Marathon-based company, Keys Shuttle, offers regularly scheduled van service multiple times each day to/from the airports and Key Largo, Marathon or Key West. For information, please visit their website: www.keysshuttle.com, or call 888-765-9997. Greyhound Bus is another option. (See below.)
“Super Shuttle” is another company that offers service to and from Miami International Airport. It does NOT go to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at this time. For information, call 305-871-2000.
The City of Key West offers inexpensive, regular bus service from various points in the city to Big Pine Key and Marathon. (In Marathon, the stop is at the K-Mart and Winn Dixie shopping center, across US #1 from the 50-mile race start at Marathon Garden Club). For those staying in Key West and running either the 50 mile or 50 kilometer race, this is a very good way to get to the race start in Marathon or Big Pine Key, respectively. For those traveling further north, you must transfer in Marathon to the Miami Dade Transit bus for connection to Key Largo and to Florida City. Further transfers are necessary to continue by bus to Miami International Airport.
City of Key West Bus Schedule, including transit from Key West to Marathon: Key West to Marathon
Miami Dade Transit's Dade / Monroe Express (Route 301), from Marathon to Florida City: Marathon to Florida City
Miami Dade Metrobus Routes/Schedules from Florida City to the airport and all other points: Florida City to Airport
Greyhound Bus offers service from Key West to Key Largo for those needing a ride back to the race starting area. Greyhound also goes to the major airports. Ticket prices are modest. www.greyhound.com. 1-800-231-2222.
Additional information may also be found at these sites: www.fla-keys.com and www.keywestchamber.org and floridakeysbest.com
The following hotels in the Keys are providing reduced rates for KEYS100 participants. Be sure to mention, "KEYS100".
Holiday Inn is SOLD OUT for 2017. The two contiguous hotel properties have some availability:
Courtyard by Marriott offers Island View rooms for $199 plus tax and Marina View rooms for $219 plus tax. Call 1-855-335-1066 and mention "KEYS100".
Marina del Mar offers Island View vooms for $154 plys tax and Marina View rooms for $177 plus tax. Call 1-800-451-3493 and men tion "KEYS100".
Our management contact at the Hoiday Inn in Key Largo is Michelle Caceres, at 305-453-7149. Call Michelle if you have any problems or questions when registering.
The Holiday Inn will again host an all-you-can-eat "Mini Pasta Buffet" on Friday from 5:00-9:00pm in Bogie's Cafe. Garden salad, penne or linguini with marinara, meat sauce or Alfredo sauce, and rolls. Includes iced tea. Adults $12. Kids under 12, $8.00. Tax and 18% gratuity extra. No reservation required.
Bayside Inn, 99490 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037. Rooms are available for $129 on Friday, May 19 and for $99 on Thursday, the 18th. Contact the hotel directly for reservations and additional information. Be certain to mention Group code "Keys17". 305-451-4450. www.baysidekeylargo.com
Excellent value: Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo, 500 Burton Drive, Tavernier, FL 33070. For Friday night, May 19, one bedroom/one bath suites (average 600 square feet) are $165/night plus tax, and will accommodate up to four people. Two bedroom/two bath suites (average 900 square feet) are $175/night plus tax and will accommodate up to six people. (For Thursday night, May 18, rates are $140 for the one bedroom and $150 for the two bedroom suites.) This resort property is located on the ocean in Tavernier, about 15 minutes south of the starting line. All suites have full kitchens with washer and drier. Pool and Jacuzzi, tennis courts beach volleyball courts and more. Call 800-882-9464 for reservations. Reservations must be made before April 1st. Be sure to mention “KEYS100”. http://www.opsuites.com
Camping at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, MM102.7
102601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037. Phone: 305-451-6300. www.pennekamppark.com
Sea Dell Motel, 5000 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050. $129 per night is the rate for a standard room in this nice "Old Florida" property located on the Bay side just a short walk to the race start. Two-bed rooms are available from $139-159. Call 305-743-5161. There are only 25 rooms here, so book yours early. www.seadellmotel.com
Holiday Inn Express, 13201 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050. Special nightly rates for KEYS100: Standard room with 2 queen beds, $159 +tax, standard room with 1 king bed, $169 +tax and standard suite with 2 queen beds, $179 +tax. There are no resort or other fees. Parking is included. Modern hotel with all the amenities, located 4 miles north of the 50 mile race starting line. Contact the hotel directly, at 305-289-0222, and mention "KEYS100" for this special rate. IHG Rewards Club members reserving under the KEYS100 block receive 500 Bonus Rewards Points. Booking online available at 2017 KEYS100. Rooms are limited at these rates. View the property at: Holiday Inn Express Marathon Photo Gallery
Sheraton Suites Key West, 2001 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040. $209 per night for King and $229 for Double Queens, plus tax. This has been the primary race hotel in Key West for years, and offers good value in a convenient location just one mile from the finish line. Call 1-888-627-7090. Be sure to mention, "KEYS100". Or, book online at Sheraton Suites Reservations. Book early. Our block always sells out. Cut-off date is April 20. www.sheratonkeywest.com
Best Western Key Ambassador,3755 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040. $189.99 per night plus tax. Includes deluxe continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking. Call 305-296-3500, or 800-432-4315, and ask for Group Sales. Mention KEYS100. Reservations must be made by March 20, 2016.
Double Tree Key West, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040. $239 per night plus tax. Resort fee waived for our group. Property newly renovated. Call 1-800-HILTONS or the hotel directly at 305-293-1818, or reserve online at KEYS100 Reservations. Reference KEYS100 or group K10. Reservations must be made prior to midnight on April 20.
Keywestkey.com: Personalized hotel location services at no cost to the customer is available from Susie Rodnon at Susie@keywestkey.com. She will locate the best hotel options in Key West, and can do the same for restaurants, bars, diving and other recreation. Send email or call Susie at 305-766-1414