As American politics heat up, so do ours. June signals the end of our political year, and Board Officer positions are officially up for grabs.  As a reminder, here is our current Board:


President:         Don Nelson (departing)

Vice President:    Beth Moyes

Treasurer:         Mary Ann Nelson (departing)

Recording Sect:    (vacant)

Correspo. Sect:    Rick MacKenzie

Members at Large:  Mark Bell

                   Taz Davis (departing)

                   Dr. Dedra Ling

                   Gerda Kalb

                   Mike Higgins

     Don and Mary Ann will be stepping down, taking a VERY well-earned break, and leaving some enormous shoes to fill.  The club will need people to get into the front line of how it all happens.  

     Nominations and, especially, self-nominations (they tend to be more reliable) can be made via email to Dante’s.  Duties include monthly meetings (first Wednesday of every month, 5:30, site always TBA) and whatever happens to be on the list for the upcoming races.

     The club is for you, our members, so don’t hesitate to take ownership in it and help us all enjoy the Keys running scene.


Still lots going on, in and outside of the club.  Please volunteer at races you are not running.

Thursday 4/28, 7:00 PM.

Duval Street Mile, 1300 block start

Official Event of the Conch Republic Celebration

RunSignUp online registration

Saturday 4/30, 8:00 AM

Mariner’s March 5K, Basilica School

Truman Avenue, Key West

RunSignUp online registration

Other races on the horizon:

May 7:  Police Athletic League 5K

May 21:  Keys 100 Ultra & Relay

Entry info and full-year calendar — and just about anything else you might want to know about running in the Keys – can be found on the KWSR web site.


     The Duval Street Mile offers 9 categories for 3-person teams:  

> Family Fun:  

   same family

> Social Squad:  

   3 buddies

> Protect & Serve:  


> Food & Beverage

   Bar and restaurant staff

> Hospitality & Tourism

   Hotels, boats, HTA…

> Health & Fitness

   Gyms, sports teams…

> Educators

   Teachers, admin, staff, coaches…

> Bizniz World

   co-workers from same office or company
> HS Students

   grades 9-12, clubs, teams, classes
> MS & Elementary School Students.

   anyone under ninth grade.  

     Teams compete within their category and against the field in general.  AND each category recognizes male, female, and mixed teams.

     Full descriptions can be found on the race web site:

     This is not a relay race; everyone runs the full mile and the teams are scored cross country style:  by place, with low score winning.  It would be great to see several KWSR teams in the thick of it.

     So, check out the categories, recruit a couple of friends, family members, co-workers, classmates, or whatever, and sign up!

     If you can’t come up with enough, drop us a line at and we’ll help stitch some teams together.

     (Shirt design is pretty cool, too.)


    The GP committee had posted a Summer season schedule last September, as well as the schedule for the just-completed Winter season.  It had Summer Race #1 listed as Earth Day 5K on 4/15.  My bad that this never got re-announced.  Busy, busy season in the awards biz, and it snuck up on me before I could compose a notice for y’all.

    We’re going to count ED5K as the season opener, since it had been posted, and carry on with the new and very much improved slate of races:

 4/28  Duval Street Mile, 7 PM

 4/30  Mariners March 5K, 8 AM

 5/28  Southernmmost Seminoles 5K, 7:30 PM

 7/04  Crime Stoppers 5K, 8 AM

 8/21  Conchs Cross Country Classic, 7:30 AM

10/01  Montessori 5K, 8 AM

11/05  Zonta ABC 5K, 8 AM

11/19  Mariners Hospital 5K, 8 AM (5K only)

11/26  Hog’s Breath 5K, 8 AM

    There may be a couple more added.  Your best six (6) scores will count, as before.

    Originally, we were going to finish with the CC race, but we looked at that list and went, “blahhhh.”  This will be a much more exciting way to close out the competition.

    We will now close out 2016 with HB5K, and have our GP Awards Give-Out at the Christmas Party in early December.  The December races will begin the 2017 GP, which could become a year-long event with expanded prizes.

    The committee would like your input on this.  Shoot us an email with your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions:


    Mark Bell will be working his culinary magic with international cuisine in the pavillion.     This will be a Sweaty Social, with a “3 mile or so” jaunt between the meeting and the eating.

Those of us who do not run will sweat in place.  Members are encouraged (but not required) to bring desserts!

When:  Wednesday 5/4, 6:30 PM

Where:  McCoy Indigenous Park, Atlantic & White


    As always, there will be a KWSR BOD meeting from 5:30-6:30.  As always, anyone can attend.


April 20, 2016