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Racers can compete on foot or on paddleboards during two Key West challenges that commemorate Ernest Hemingway’s exuberant outdoor lifestyle and passion for sporting pursuits. Set for Saturday, July 25th, the Malibu Rum Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk and Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race are part of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days celebration. The July 21-26 festival salutes the life and work of the author who lived on the island in the 1930s, enjoying sports from swimming to sparring. Book your stay now, at Parrot Key Resort, to avoid disappointment!
The Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race is to kick off at 6:00 p.m. at the island city’s Southernmost Beach, 1405 Duval St. on the Atlantic Ocean. The 3-mile ocean course begins and ends at the beach.
The 5k run/walk is to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Southernmost Point in the continental United States, located beside the Atlantic at Whitehead and South streets. Runners travel a fast, flat 3.1-mile course through historic Old Town past landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum.
Awards for runners await the top three male and female overall finishers, top three male and female masters and top three male and female finishers in age categories ranging from 9 and under to 75 and over. For paddleboard racers and walkers in the 5k, awards are to be presented to the first- through 10th-place male and female finishers.
All competitors in both races can expect finisher medals. A registration booth is to be open 3-7 p.m. race day at 1319 Duval St. Race packets can be picked up there.
The entry fee for either race is $45 per adult ($35 for military members and those under age 15). Fees include a fully sublimated race tech shirt, food, libations and giveaways.
For more race information, visit www.keywestspecialevents.com or 305-240-0727.
Stop by Sloppy Joe’s bar at 201 Duval St. tonight to check in on the 32nd annual Hemingway Lookalike Contest, whose second night of preliminary judging is happening this evening. This incredible event is not to be missed, with finalists gathering at Sloppy Joe’s through tomorrow evening. Come place your bets on which “Papa” has what it takes to bring home the big prize! For more information, check out www.sloppyjoes.com or visit hemingwaydays.net.
Tucked away at the back of an overflowing Caribbean handicrafts store lies one of our favorite Key West secrets: the delightfully kitschy Casa Antigua Garden tour. Behind the looming facade of 314 Simonton Street, through the overflowing artisan shop and a few back-room storage areas, visitors suddenly enter a literal oasis– complete with lush tropical foliage, an impressive orchid collection and a booming, theatrical audio tour to narrate the space. You’d never know it from the street, but this massive building has quite the storied history; both Hemingway’s first residence in Key West and the place where he penned A Farewell to Arms, Casa Antigua also served as a hotel, car dealership and even a brothel in years prior. Now the permanent residence and offices of Key West’s favorite must-read tabloid, Conch Color, visitors are still welcome to sneak through to the interior courtyard for the lowly sum of two dollars, where they can sit back, relax, and enjoy one of the most exclusive self-guided garden tours Key West has to offer. We love stealing away for a few minutes to sit beneath the giant palms and imagine ourselves back in Hemingway’s time. Truly a wonderful place to spend a quiet afternoon.
The annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest is coming up later this month at Sloppy Joe’s Bar. This is one of the best yearly bar events for writing enthusiasts, beard lovers, or pretty much anyone interested in having a good time. The contest last four days, from July 21-24th and involves arm wrestling, a running of the bulls, and of course the look alike contest. The whole thing corresponds with a Key West street fair, which gets completely overrun with Hemingways. For more information and entry forms, click here.