World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 40.0 km (Accumulated: 31984.0 km)
Elapsed time: 03:58:13
Start 09:55am. at "Mile 27" on hwy.1, 26c, humid, overcast & light wind. Finish 14:57pm. at "Mile 51" on hwy.1, 29c, very humid & same.
7-Mile Bridge !
On todays run wich was nice and cool with overcast weather most of the time I ran across one of the longest bridges crossed during my two runs around the world: The 7mile bridge spanning the water between Knight's Key to Little Duck Key.
To my very pleasant surprise the Florida runners had a few days ago informed me that its was allowed to run on the bridge (that would have been unlikely in Europe ;-) and indeed that turned out to be the case :-) A scenic run for 11km's up on the bridge. Car's are under no circumstances permitted to stop while on the narrow bridge so it was double lucky that there was much less direct sun compared w. the stingy' sunrays on yesterdays run down from Key West, thus I didnt need the usual water-supplies from my excellent supportdriver Morten.
The bridge was build in 1982 but as you can see on some of pictures there is an older bridge (later broken down by two hurricanes and now out of use) wich was constructed as far back as 1909-1912.
By the time the bridges was build they were some of the longest bridges in the world. But while my homecontry (where I'm seldom home due to the running.. ;-) hasnt many of these extreme structures due to beeing a very small contry - then we can actually 'keep up' in this particular area: There's been build a bridge between Denmark and Sweden upon wich there is held a half-marathon race (13miles), so thats a fairly long bridge too. Albeit it took more than 100years to agree between Sweden and Denmark to build it - I doubt the americans would wait that long between idea and action; a lot of dynamic still present here :-)
Speaking of history: The Florida Keys has been settled long back in history and the first european settlers arrived as early as 1521. Unknown to most I guess, atleast to me ;-) - Key West for a brief period in 1982 declared its independence as the "Conch Republic" during a border control protest !