Held on the 360-foot bridge that connects Key West to the rest of the Keys, the Annual Cow Key Channel Bridge Run is a static marathon made for those of us who like to sleep late and not break a sweat. This year’s event will be held April 7 at noon, followed by a “Pirates of the Cowibbean” party and awards ceremony at the Sunset Green Event Lawn at The Gates Hotel.
The annual "run" attracts up to 1,000 participants looking to get in on the bemusing bridge-crossing, which falls on the same weekend as the Florida Keys’ prominent 7 Mile Bridge Run in Marathon. It’s another zany event that gives Key West its eccentric character, with many “runners” dressing up for the occasion. Participants can expect lots of puns, cow costumes, cowbells, and cold beer close to the finish line.
The inclusive event welcomes the young, the old, and their pets. It's divided into heats: the first is for sprinters determined to cross the bridge as quickly as possible; the second is for pets and their humans; the third is for relay teams; and the last is the main event, the “Walking Cow Stampede.”
After the event, which is expected to last until roughly 1:15pm, the official after party and award ceremony will be held at The Gates Hotel, located right near the finish line at 3824 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Enjoy drink specials, a live DJ, access to The Blind Pig food truck, and more.
Looking for accomodations? Consider staying with us at The Gates! We’re not only the site of the after-party – we’re also pet-friendly, offer hourly shuttle-service to Old Town, and more. See photos of The Gates and read about nearby attractions.