Half Marathon Course
An almost all-flat course spanning the cities of Miami and Miami Beach — featuring cityscapes, ocean views, the MacArthur Causeway Bridge and entertainment throughout.
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, each being held in the closed-to-vessel position for the duration of the race
- Digital time clocks will be positioned throughout the course with several at the finish line displaying unofficial times
- Course markers, directional arrows and other signage will be positioned throughout the course
- 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 half marathon finisher’s medal
*More information on Boston qualification standards.
*Note the Breakaway Point on the map where the half marathon will split to the Finish Line.
Miami and the Miami Beach area are at sea level with no noticeable elevation changes. However, listed below are multiple bridges featured along the course.
• A quarter mile into the race there is the largest bridge of the course, the MacArthur Causeway (9 meters above sea level) — connecting to Watson Island
• At the 2.5-mile mark there is a second, less gradual incline that connects to the island of Miami Beach
• From mile 8 to 11, participants return to mainland Miami by crossing the Venetian Causeway that features a small incline on the last portion of the causeway
601 Biscayne Blvd.
The 26.2-mile course starts by heading north in front of the Kaseya Center (home of the Miami Heat) and finishes in the same general area.
Gear Check is located three blocks south of the Start Line, right past the Bayside Marketplace. The clear bag provided at Race Kit Pickup must be used. Affix the GEAR CHECK tab from your race bib to your bag prior to checking it in with volunteers at the tent. Ensure your belongings are well-marked and double-check that your contact information is correct. Life Time is NOT responsible for damaged or lost items. NO BACKPACKS PERMITTED.
A medical unit provided by Baptist Health will be located at the Start Line for your safety. Please look for medical personnel in red t-shirts if you need assistance. Water stations will be located on both sides of the Start Line area.
Port-o-lets and facilities will be located towards the front and back of the Start Line and inside the Kaseya Center (no bags permitted). Four ADA restrooms will be located at 8th St. and Biscayne Boulevard.
Race Day Times
5:00 AM Corrals ABCDEFG open
5:45 AM Opening Ceremony
5:55 AM Baptist Health Para Athlete start (Push Rim / Hand Cycle)
6:00 AM Corrals ABCD start
6:15 AM Corrals EFG start
6:15 AM Corrals HIJK open
6:30 AM Corrals HI start
6:45 AM Corrals JK start
No runners will be able to start after 7:00 AM. Participants will be able to use Start Line walkways to access their corral until 15 minutes before their estimated start time above.
Runners have been preassigned a Start Line corral which is indicated on each participant’s bib number. Corrals will be labeled by large signs in the start area. Match the letter indicated on your bib to the letter of your corral.* Varying time gaps will be used between each corral, closely resembling a wave start format.
*Registered athletes may find their bib number and corral assignment here.
For the safety of participants, corral security has been increase to ensure that all athletes are entering only into their assigned corrals. Participants may move back into a slower corral on race morning; however, athletes who wish to move to a faster corral MUST visit Solutions at the Expo with proof of a faster time to be officially reassigned.
While you are the star of the show on race day, you are not the only one! Please be kind and courteous to your fellow runners and uphold proper race etiquette.
Check out some tips from race co-founder Frankie Ruiz.
301 Biscayne Blvd.
Participants will finish heading north adjacent to Bayfront Park — four blocks south of the start (Biscayne & E. Flagler Street).
Upon finishing, you will be approached by a volunteer who will award you with your Finisher Medal, complete with a neck ribbon showcasing a custom design by our featured local artist.
Please notify anyone on staff if you are in need of medical attention at this point. You will then proceed through the food tent towards the end of the Finish Chute – make sure to grab products from our sponsors: Proud Source Water, Gatorade, Chiquita, Avelina, CLIF Bar, Kodiak Cakes, and a post-race boxed meal courtesy of Chef Nicole! Subject to change.
For the convenience and safety of all participants, please continue moving; no stopping or loitering is allowed. Once you exit the Finish area, there is no re-entry.
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).
All medical personnel will be wearing red t-shirts for easy recognition and will be on hand before, during and after the race handling everything from blisters, bandages, cramps, compresses and any other bumps along the way.
The main medical station will be located at the FINISH Line in front of Bayfront Park with Baptist Medical plazas available at the Start and Finish lines, as well as numerous aid stations throughout the course. Please note, all participants must provide medical and emergency contact information on the back of their bib.
A special thanks to the great staff of volunteer medical professionals from Baptist Health South Florida Doctors, including the 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
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. See more below.
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 Life Time Miami Marathon & Half via email at miamimarathon@LTevents.zendesk.com no later than three (3) business days prior to the event.
Celebrate your finish at the post-race Finish Festival in Bayfront Park from 6:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The Festival will be bustling with activities and entertainment including our Groups & Charities village, live music, and event sponsors and vendors sampling their products (see list below!) Participants 21+ (with valid photo ID) will have access to the Tank Brewing Beer Garden near the main stage.
Don’t forget to stop by the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half merchandise tent for something to commemorate your #MiamiFamous moment!
View Finish Fest Map
Sponsors and partners activating in the 2024 Finish Fest will be released closer to race day.
Family Reunion Area
Reunite with your friends and family post-race at our Family Reunion area located north of the Bayfront Park main walkway once you exit the Finish chute. The area will be organized by alphabetical signs (A-Z) to facilitate meeting locations by name. When making plans to reunite with your loved ones, factor in the time that it will take you to go through the chute as well as an alternative meeting place planned if you are unable to locate them in the reunion area.
If a participant is taking longer than expected to finish, please visit the Information Booth located in the center walkway of Bayfront Park, adjacent to the finish chute for assistance. Course and medical personnel will track runners and record data to ensure updates for families on participant’s condition and/or whereabouts.
Exiting Bayfront Park
Biscayne Blvd will be closed from SE 1st St. to NE 3rd St. Athletes and attendees should walk north on Biscayne Blvd to NE 3rd St. in order to get around the closed Finish Line area.
In order to comply with event permits as per municipal requirements, the roads will gradually reopen to vehicular traffic. We require that participants be properly prepared and trained to complete the full marathon (26.2 miles/42 KM) within 7 hours (16 minutes per mile pace or 10 minutes per KM) after the last wave/corral begins.
Marathon participants must reach the 12.8-mile mark within 3.5 hours in order to be allowed to continue, at which point participants will be encouraged to finish the half marathon.
Cutoff policy summary:
• 3.5 hours for checkpoint (half marathon)
• 7 hours (16 minutes per mile or 10 minutes per KM) for the marathon course and finish line.
There is no separate course cut off from the finish line cutoff. Once the back of the pack vehicle has caught up to a participant, their race is completed.
Transport to the Finish Line, located will be provided for participants unable to complete the race. A runner follow-up vehicle will be available throughout the course at the back of the pack, and will pick up any participants who are behind the pace of the bus.
Please note that after the 7-hour pace, participant support (e.g. aid and water stations, volunteers, course marshals, clocks, medical assistance, cross street protection, etc.) will not be available, and participants 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.
*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.
All race information is subject to change.