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High-heeled female impersonators ran down through Key West's main drag racing in the traditional Conch Republic Drag Race. Saturday's event along Duval Street drew crowds who watched in amazement as the divas plowed their way through elaborate obstacle courses dressed in gowns or stylish sporting attire and heels that measured three inches or higher. Contestants were judged on their speed and their ability to avoid any high-heel disasters along the way. The wacky drag challenge is part of Key West's annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration that commemorates the Florida Keys' 1982 secession from the United States -- an action prompted by a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint erected at the head of the island chain.