During the first Saturday in April, the public along with running and walking enthusiasts will have an opportunity to have some fun and help raise money to assist with research, restoration and protection programs for the endangered coral reefs in the Florida Keys.
This all happened during the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon 5k Tuna Trot held together with the the sixth annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show. It all begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Eco-Discovery Center where racers will follow a flat, fast course through Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park and the Truman Annex harbor area.
The Florida Keys island chain is a unique marine environment which includes the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef.
The Ocean Festival is free to attend and is put on by Mote Marine Laboratory. Running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the event will include live music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities including nautical themed face painting and a treasure hunt, educational displays, food and beverages, a silent auction and more.
This interested in taking part in the 5K, or taking part in a free fishing seminar for kids ages 5 to 11, should register online at www.keysoceanfest.org.
“Attendees at the lively festival can explore conservation and environmental exhibits from numerous organizations, meet live animals and experience touch tanks, view and purchase the work of local marine artists and craftspeople, rock to the sounds of favorite local entertainers including Howard Livingston and Mile Marker 24, bid on silent auction items, play a “Passport to the Ocean” game and vie for prizes.”
All can enjoy the festivities during the day at the Ocean Festival which takes place at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, located at 35 E. Quay Road on Key West’s Truman Waterfront.