The eyes of the world will be focused on the sports event Miami Marathon of the weekend of 8th and 9th February that will take place in Miami. Friends, family and curious spectators will line the roadways to cheer on the many that choose to RUN MIAMI! In addition to the Marathon, which will certainly be the main sports event, that weekend there will also be a Half Marathon and the Tropical 5K race. Do not underestimate these two races, since the 5K is made especially for those who do not want to demand from themselves so much, but, instead, want to enjoy the magnificent panorama offered by the beaches and skyscrapers of Miami. On the other hand, the half marathon route is the favorite one among runners, as many come to Miami with the singular goal of participating in this dramatic and inspiring tour.
This is one of the flattest courses in the United States, so the physical demands regarding elevation are minimal.
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- The course is a USTAF-certified, flat, single-loop and Boston-qualifying course.
- There are several bridges along the course with a very slight incline. The bridges are being held in the closed-to-vessel position for the duration of the race.
- Digital time clocks will be positioned throughout the course.
- Course markers, directional arrows and other signage will be positioned throughout the course.
- Several digital clocks at the finish line will display unofficial times.
- The full and half marathon will feature entertainment along the course for both spectators and runners.
- If you signed up for the full marathon and you decide to run the half marathon, you will receive a full marathon finisher’s medal.
- Please line up in the Start Line area according to your corral listed on your race bib.
The truth is, Miami and Miami Beach are at sea level; we have really no noticeable elevation changes.
- A quarter mile into the race there is the largest bridge of the course – the MacArthur Causeway – (9 meters above sea level) that connects to Watson Island.
- At the 2.5-mile mark there is a second incline that is a less gradual incline, but much lower height than the first. This connects to the island of Miami Beach.
- From mile 8 to about mile 11, you will cross the Venetian Causeway to return to mainland Miami. This span is essentially flat with a small incline on the last portion of the causeway.
- At the 13.1-mile mark there’s a drawbridge that gives you an incredible view of the Miami River, but isn’t too tall of a bridge.
- At the 25.7-mile mark you go over a drawbridge for a bit of a challenge toward the end of your on-course journey but as you go up, you’ll begin to hear the cheers and the pumping music of the Finish Line.
FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY
12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon Expo
SATURDAY 8 FEBRUARY
7:30 a.m. Life Time Tropical 5K
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon Expo
SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY
4:00 a.m. Pre-race shuttles leave Miami Beach Convention Center
4:15 a.m. General gear check and VIP tent gear check open
4:45 a.m. Start line access
5:45 a.m. Opening ceremony
5:50 a.m. Athletes with disabilities start
6:00 a.m. Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Marathon runners start (American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd.)
6:30 a.m. Spectator bleachers open (Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd.)
6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Finish Fest post-race party (Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd.)
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Post-race shuttle service back to Miami Beach Convention Center
10:30 a.m. Elite athlete awards ceremony (Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd.)
11:00 a.m. Kids Run Miami start
*The start line will be located in 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131
The 26.2-mile course starts and finishes in the same general area. The race will start heading north in front of the American Airlines Arena.