FAQs
Answers to all of your pressing questions

Race Information

What are the age restrictions?
There is a minimum age of 14 for the half marathon and 16 for the full marathon.

Are headphones allowed on course?
We do allow the use of headphones during our races, however, we ask that you run with one earpiece in and one out.

Can I run with a stroller?
We do not allow strollers on the course.

Where do I collect my packet?
The Health & Fitness Expo presented by The Miami Herald & el Nuevo Herald will be the only place where you can pick up your registration packet. Remember to bring a picture ID.

What are the expo hours?

  • Friday, January 27, 2017 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 28, 2016 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What if I cannot pick up my packet during the expo hours?
If you need to have someone else pick up your packet, you must provide them with a copy of your photo ID and bib number.

How do I find my bib number?
Click here to look up your bib number.

What if I cannot complete the course in 7 hours?
In order to comply with city permits, the roads will reopen in a graduated fashion. We require that participants be properly prepared and trained to complete the full marathon (26.2 miles) within 6 hours (14 min/mile pace). However, the full marathon finish line will remain open for 7 hours (16 min/mile pace). Please note that after the 6 hour pace, participant support (i.e. aid/water stations, volunteers, course marshals, clocks, etc.) is NOT guaranteed and you will be required to adhere to local pedestrian rules (move to curbsides, break down lanes, sidewalks, etc.). Medals and official finish times will be given to all finishers who complete the race within 7 hours.

Registration

When does online registration close?
Online registration will close at 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 23. In-person registration will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26 and will close Saturday, January 27 at 6 p.m.

Do you offer refunds, transfers or deferrals?
No refunds are permitted. However, you may transfer your race entry to another non-registered individual or defer your entry to the following year’s race (fee associated with both options). Please review the transfer and deferral policy here.

Could you please send my email confirmation again?
Click here to receive a confirmation email. Deferrals allow a participant unable to attend this year’s event to transfer their registration to the following year. The deferral is applied only to the event in question. If you would like to defer your entry to next year, please login to your Chronotrack account and select “Change Race” and follow the instructions to “Defer my entry.”

How do I change distances?
The deadline for changes is Friday, January 12, 2018. After that date, all changes will be processed at the Solutions Desk at the Expo during Expo hours only. Please make sure to collect your bib number first before heading to the Solutions Booth.

Tropical 5K

Can I register the day of the race?
Yes, there will be limited race morning registration from 6 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.

When can I pick up my packet?
We encourage all participants to pick up their packet during The Health & Fitness Expo during Expo hours.

I can’t make it to the Expo! Can I pick up my packet in the morning?
We will hold a limited race morning packet pick up at the registration tent located in front of the Miami Children’s Museum at Watson Island.

Where can I park for the race?
The Miami Children’s Museum on Watson Island has limited parking available in front of the museum as well as on the side. Please make sure to give yourself ample time for morning traffic, finding parking (carpooling is strongly advised) and working your way to the start.

Are there shuttles to the start of the race?
There will be shuttles available for participants starting at 6 a.m. from the Jungle Island Parking Deck to the start. Please note: there will be NO shuttles from the start to the finish area.

Are there shuttle buses after the race?
There will be a continuous shuttle service from the finish (Nikki Beach- South Pointe Park) back to the start area (Jungle Island Parking Deck & Miami Children’s Museum lot-Watson Island) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where is the post-race party located?
Celebrate your finish with fellow runners at the post-race festivity will be at Nikki Beach (1 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139).

Are there finisher medals for this event?
Yes! Everyone who completes the event will receive a finisher medal.

Are there age group awards for this event?
Yes, we will be awarding the top three male and female participants in each of the age groups.