Background: There is only one road connecting the many islands that make up the KEYS100 course... Accidents and unnecessary congestion along "Overseas Highway" can literally mean the difference between life and death. For residents, perhaps not quite so dramatically, delays can result in missing a flight from Miami or Fort Lauderdale, an important meeting or another event. For businesses and commerce generally, for locals and tourists alike, not causing traffic disruption is our most important responsibility as guests of Monroe County.
The "size" of the race is not, therefore, primarily limited by the number of runners, but by the number of vehicles associated with the event. KEYS100 competitors run primarily on sidewalks, bike paths, pedestrian bridges, and the road shoulder; we do not close roads or lanes for the race. To a point, our runners do not cause traffic problems. But, if there are too many vehicles for conditions, those associated with the race could cause such issues. So, we are very careful each year to monitor our contribution to traffic along US#1. Our race rules reflect how seriously we take that responsibility, and they apply equally to non-runners (like family and friends) who are connected to the event. Photography and video are encouraged for team members or individual runners' crews who are riding in race vehicles. Remember that each team and competitor is allowed ONE support vehicle only.
Any runner or team wishing to have an independent photographer or videographer follow them on race day MUST have the plan and the personnel approved well in advance by the Race Director. If approved, these people are fully expected to comply with all relevant race rules and those of Monroe County and the FAA, and never cause disruption to the race in general, to any competitor or volunteer, in particular, or to Keys traffic. Violations will accrue to the runner or team as if the runners themselves were responsible; penalties will apply. Choose your professionals carefully and be certain that they understand their responsibilities and related government rules.
The use of drones in the creative process must not cause disruption to the race or the surrounding community in any way. Due to government regulations, a five-mile radius around the following three areas where there are active airports must be avoided: the city of Marathon, where the 50-mile race begins and the Mile Marker 50 aid station is located, the area around Boca Chica Key (Mile Marker 7) which is the location of the Naval Air Base and much of the City of Key West which has a commercial airport on South Roosevelt Blvd. Very low-flying and localized aerial pics might be okay, but the potential conflict with aviation is always the over-riding concern. Government rules and regulations regarding the use of drones are subject to change at any time. Users are expected to be aware of and comply with, each of them. Do NOT rely on this website as a definitive guide to these rules.