Miami Marathon Runners
Course
The star of the show

Every year, we pay tribute to the star of the show — the course. Mile after mile, the tropical views and sounds help propel runners to the finish line. Be on the lookout for sights on the course that you might recognize from a hit TV show or movie. Many of those hot spots are actually part of this incredible course!

About The Course

  • 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.
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Traffic Advisory

Downtown/Brickell: 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
MacArthur Cswy EB: 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Miami Beach Area: 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Venetian Cswy: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Rickenbacker: 6:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Coconut Grove Area: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

We recommend all those wishing to enter to enter or exit Miami Beach between 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM utilize the Julia Tuttle Causeway. Roads will be closed and managed by Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Dade County Police Departments who will assist traffic through intersections between gaps of runners

Elevation Information

The truth is, Miami and Miami Beach are at sea level; we have really no noticeable elevation changes. However, we do need a way to get from one beautiful piece of land to another without getting our feet in the water. Descriptions of bridges, or as we say in Miami, “hills” are listed below:

  • 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.

Start Line

Runners have been pre-assigned a Start Line corral which is indicated on your bib number. Corrals will be labeled by large signs. Match the letter on your bib to the letter of  your corral. Varying time gaps will be used between each corral, closely resembling a wave start format.

The start line
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.

Gear check

Gear check is located three blocks south of the Start Line, right past the Bayside Marketplace. The clear bag provided at packet pick-up must be used. See the gear check section below for more information.

Walkway
Participants will be able to use Start Line walkways to access their corral until 15 minutes before their estimated start time.

Medical 
A medical unit will be located at the start line for your safety. Please look for medical personnel in green T-shirts if you need assistance. Water/Gatorade stations will be located on both sides of the start line area.

Restrooms
Port-o-lets and facilities will be located towards the front and back of the Start line and inside the American Airlines Arena (no bags permitted). Two ADA restrooms will be located at 8th St. and Biscayne Boulevard.

Finish Line

The finish line
301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131
Runners will finish heading north adjacent to Bayfront Park, only four blocks south of the start line (intersection of Biscayne & E. Flagler Street).

Assistance to the finish 
Transport back to the finish line will be provided for runners unable to complete the race. A runner follow-up bus/van will be available throughout the course at the back of the pack. The finish line is on Biscayne Boulevard (between SE 1st St. and Flagler St.) and will remain open until 2:00 p.m.

Family reunion area
After finishing, reunite with friends and family under the signpost with the first letter in your last name. Just make sure you let everyone know which letter to meet you at! If your runner is taking an extra-long time, please visit the Information Booth at the post-race area (located in the center walkway of Bayfront Park, adjacent to the finish shoot) where we will have athlete look-up set up. Course and medical personnel will track runners and record data to ensure updates for families on your runner’s condition and/or whereabouts.

Medical support
Baptist Health South Florida is there to tend to your needs. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals from Baptist Health, which includes Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Mariners Hospital, as well as our Baptist Medical Plazas will be available at the START and FINISH lines as well as the numerous aid stations throughout the course. The main medical station will be located at the FINISH Line in front of Bayfront Park.

All medical personnel will be wearing green T-shirts for easy recognition and will be on hand before, during and after the race. From blisters and bandages to cramps and compresses, Baptist Health South Florida will be there for any bumps along the way. Thanks to the great staff of volunteer medical professionals from Baptist Health South Florida for helping make the pain go away. IMPORTANT: You must provide medical and emergency contact information on the back of your bib.

> Medical information

Restrooms
Port-o-lets will be offered in designated areas within the park. ADA restrooms will be located at the Finish Line at the entrance to Bayfront Park (Flagler & Biscayne Blvd).

Bayfront Park ADA Accommodations
In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing special accommodations to participate in this event may contact the Miami Marathon & Half Marathon produced by Life Time via email at FLevents@LT.LIFE no later than three (3) business days prior to the event.

Aid Stations

Aid stations will begin at the 1.5 mile mark on the MacArthur Causeway and approximately every mile thereafter including locations at the start and finish line. Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime) will be provided at each aid station along the course. Medical personnel will also be present at all aid stations and in the start and finish area. Baptist Health South Florida will make sure runners are provided with top-notch first aid care.

 

Staying hydrated is key when runners pound the pavement on February 9th during the Miami Marathon & Half Marathon produced by Life Time. Miami-Dade’s Water is fresh, delicious and tested more than 210,000 times each year. So whether you cross the finish line first or toward the end of the pack, you are already a winner by drinking Miami-Dade water. So drink up with confidence.

Gatorade Endurance LogoGatorade Endurance is proud to be the Official Sports Drink and Energy Gel of the Miami Marathon, hydrating athletes on race day. The Gatorade Endurance line of products is an elite line of sports product for endurance athletes who have specific fueling needs.  Grounded in years of hydration and sports nutrition research, conducted by Gatorade Sports Science Institute, the Gatorade Endurance line of products help deliver fluids and nutrients endurance athletes need for training and racing.  Learn more about the Gatorade Endurance Line of products at www.GatoradeEndurance.com

Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula will be available on course at all aid stations. Endurance Formula has nearly two times the sodium and three times the potassium of traditional Gatorade.  It contains no artificial flavors and has a light taste.  Gatorade Endurance Energy Gel provides 20g of carb energy, natural flavors, and a light texture and taste.  Take it just before, or on course, and chase with water.  Available on race day in the following flavors – Mango, Blackberry, Apple Pear or Vanilla – at mile 7.8 and 15.6.

Baptist Health provided pineapple at mile 11 and between miles 17 – 18, and Dole provided fruit at mile 19.5.

New in 2019! We provided bananas at the Omni Cheer Station (mile 11) and pretzels for the full marathoners at mile 23.7.

Restrooms
Port-o-let restrooms will be present throughout the course about every mile to a mile and a half. ADA accessible restrooms will be located as follows:
Start (2) – 8th St. & Biscayne Boulevard
Finish (4) – Flagler & Biscayne at Bayfront Park
Medical Tent at Finish (2)
Ocean Drive (1)
NE 15th St. (2)
Rickenbacker Causeway (2)
S. Miami Ave (1)
Tigertail Ave (1)

*Information and locations are subject to change.

Time Limits

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 (e.g. aid and 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.

Checkpoint
Marathon participants must reach the 12.8-mile mark within 3:15 in order to be allowed to continue, at which point participants will be encouraged to finish the half marathon.

Marathon cutoff policy summary

  • 3:15 for checkpoint
  • 6 hours (14 min/mile) for the course
  • 7 hours (16 min/mile) for the finish line (use sidewalks, curbside, etc.)

Assistance to the Finish
Transport back to the Finish Line will be provided for runners unable to complete the race. A runner follow-up bus/ van will be available throughout the course at the back of the pack. The Finish Line is on Biscayne Boulevard (between SE 1st St. and Flagler St.) and will remain open until 2:00 PM.

*The cutoff times are based on chip time, not gun time, in consideration of the additional time it takes the start corrals to clear.
**These cutoff times are also based on industry benchmarks; a majority of the races throughout the U.S. implement similar policies.

Gear Check

You will be able to check your belongings near the finish line of the race on Biscayne Blvd. The check-in area will be on the north end of Bayfront Park. Please use the clear bag provided at packet pickup and tie the Gear Check tear-tab from your bib to the clear bag before arriving at the Gear Check tent. Ensure your belongings are well-marked and double-check that your contact information is correct. We are NOT responsible for damaged or lost items. NO BACKPACKS PERMITTED.

Course Entertainment

Miami is known for entertaining its visitors and residents, so of course we couldn’t have a marathon without offering Miami-style entertainment. In fact, you will be hitting over 20 entertainment stations along your journey in paradise. Check out what was in store for our 2019 participants along the route!

 

START LINE
•Colors presented by Booker T Washington High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard
•National anthem vocalist: U.S. Army

MIAMI BEACH
•St. Andrews Pipe & Drum Band of Miami
•DJs at Miami Children’s Museum & Watson Island
•Team Lifeline Cheer Zone
•South Beach Triathlon on Ocean Drive
•Hoka Cheer Zone
•Life Time®Foundation Cheer Zone
•New World Symphony & Baptist Health Cheer Zone
•Miami Beach High School Cheerleaders
•Xpresso Band & Baptist Health Cheer Zone

DOWNTOWN MIAMI
•Friendship Circle International Cheer Zone
•Go Run Miami Cheer Zone & Southwest Miami High Drumline
•Nike Cheer Zone
•DJ Stephen Ortiz
•Cowboy Up Band
•Lululemon Cheer Zone
•Race for Renewal Cheer Zone with DJ
•Miami Coral Park Drumline & Color Guard
•Miami Killian Drumline & Color Guard
•K Love Cheer Zone with DJ
•Miami Under 40 Cheer Zone with DJ

KEY BISCAYNE
•DJs at the entrance and exit of Rickenbacker Causeway
•Voodoo Kings Band
•Birdman Clambake Band
•Parrotheads Cheer Zone
•Star Music Band

Check back closer to the 2020 event date for updated information.

BRICKELL
•Baptist Health Cheer Zone

COCONUT GROVE
•Go Run Miami Cheer Zone with DJ
•DJ on Grand Avenue
•Life Time®Foundation Cheer Zone
•Deezer Mobile Music Bikes
•K Love Cheer Zone with DJ
•Team Yitzi
•Brickell City Center Businesses
•Go Run Miami Cheer Zone
•Blu Daze Band
•Life Time®Foundation Cheer Zone

DOWNTOWN MIAMI
•Momentum Indoor Percussion Drumline & Color Guard

CARNIVAL FUN ZONE FINISH FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES
•13th Army Band
•Inner Music Band

KIDS RUN MIAMI
•National anthem performance from Guitars Over Guns vocalists
•Colors presented by Booker T Washington High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard
•Band performance from Young Musicians Unite
•Appearances by South Florida professional sports team mascots
•Kids Zumba with Greysi Ospina

Weather

The time period for the marathon is historically among Miami’s driest and coolest time of the year. Nevertheless, we recommend that you please plan and prepare accordingly. Miami’s tropical weather can be humid, warm and wet.
Average start temp in the low 60s.
Average noon temp in the mid 70s.