Sombrero Beach Run

BY: Clare Merryman

March 6, 2020 will kick off the start of the 14th annual Sombrero Beach Run in Marathon. The Key West Southernmost Runners Club welcomes you to “come for the fun, stay for the sun.” This is the number one running event of it’s kind in the Florida Keys. This year the run will take place on Saturday, March 7 beginning at 8 AM and ending at 12 PM.
There are variety of races offered. There will be a 10K run from 8-12 AM, 5K run 9:15-12 AM, 5K walk 9:15-12 AM, 15K challenge 8-12 AM, and a kids fun run from 10:30-12 AM. The races listed above will have various admission fees. You can find more information on runsignup.com, by clicking on the Sombrero addition.
Wondering why you should run in this particular race? Well, 100% of the proceeds go to KAIR ( Keys Area Interdenominational Resources.) This is a nonprofit organization which provides food and emergency services for families in the middle keys. This could be potentially assisting those you speak with on a daily basis. Supporting KAIR is defiantly something to look into.
Considering running? But don’t know if you’re cut out for the work? Below are a few tips on training for the race to get you both physically and mentally ready. Start small, practice walking for 20-30 minutes, and as the date of the race approaches try for 40 minutes to an hour. Leg workouts and stretches are perfect for allowing your body to adjust and for preventing injury. It’s important to remember to take it easy at first and not push yourself too hard. Overworking yourself could lead to you not being able to compete at all.
A smart reminder is to breathe out of your mouth rather than your nose. Using your mouth allows oxygen to access your lungs easier and more quickly. Try allowing yourself to belly breathe rather than taking shallow chest breaths, this will prevent some cramps and help with preserving the runners energy.
For any questions or more information contact me, Clare Merryman by my email Claremerryman@gmail.com or by looking on the Runsignup.com website Sombrero 2020 addition.

Five Tips to Run Your Best
from Jonathan Pitchford, MHS Runner Extraordinare

  • Don’t go out too fast during a race.
  • Make sure to listen to your body during training to help prevent injuries.
  • Try to surround yourself with other runners to help you meet your goals.
  • Be okay with not having a good training or race day because there will always be more.
  • Have a twin to pace you and push you to get better.
Jonathan with his historic second place State cross country medal.

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