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2021 In-Person Event CANCELLED

There will not be an Elite competition in 2021.

The Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Marathon invites athletes to apply for elite status for the Full or Half Marathon and will distribute complimentary entries based on past performance.

Elite Athlete registrations are limited and these participants will receive placement in the exclusive Corral A at the beginning of the race. The prize money, requirements and applications for Elite registration are explained below.

Requirements

NEW for the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon event is the updated complimentary entry blocks for Elite Athletes. Athletes will receive anywhere from 25% – 100% off the current price of the race at the time the application is submitted. Please see chart below.

NEW Male Full Marathon Standards

2:18:00 & Under: 100% Entry

2:18:01 – 2:25:00: 75% Entry

2:25:01 – 2:30:00: 50% Entry

2:30:01 – 2:32:00: 25% Entry

NEW Male Half Marathon Standards

1:05:00 & Under: 100% Entry

1:05:01 – 1:07:00: 75% Entry

1:07:01 – 1:10:00: 50% Entry

1:10:01 – 1:12:00: 25% Entry

NEW Female Full Marathon Standards

2:33:00 & Under: 100% Entry

2:33:01 – 2:40:00: 75% Entry

2:40:01 – 2:45:00: 50% Entry

2:45:01 – 2:47:00: 25% Entry

NEW Female Half Marathon Standards

1:15:00 & Under: 100% Entry

1:15:01 – 1:17:00: 75% Entry

1:17:01 – 1:20:00: 50% Entry

1:20:01 – 1:22:00: 25% Entry

**We encourage athletes to apply if they are a few minutes over. Previous results are required. Any application that is submitted WITHOUT links to online official race results will NOT be considered. It is the responsibility of the athlete and/or agent to supply accurate and correct internet links to race results.

View 2020 Elite Results Here

Prize Money

Full Marathon

Overall male
1st place: USD $4,500
2nd place: USD $2,000
3rd place: USD $1,000

Overall female
1st place: USD $4,500
2nd place: USD $2,000
3rd place: USD $1,000

Masters
1st place male: USD $500
1st place female: USD $500

Hand crank
1st place male: USD $500
1st place female: USD $500

Push rim
1st place male: USD $500
1st place female: USD $500

Half Marathon

Overall male
1st place: USD $1,500
2nd place: USD $800
3rd place: USD $450

Overall female
1st place: USD $1,500
2nd place: USD $800
3rd place: USD $450

Masters
1st place male: USD $250
1st place female: USD $250

Hand crank
1st place male: USD $250
1st place female: USD $250

Push rim
1st place male: USD $250
1st place female: USD $250

Benefits

The organization of the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon offers to the selected Elite Athletes the following benefits:

  • One complimentary or discounted entry into the Miami Marathon or Half Marathon.
  • Passes to all official VIP events.
  • VIP status for event weekend, giving athletes access to all VIP areas and benefits, as well as a Miami Marathon gift bag.
  • Access to the elite athlete hospitality tent on race day.
  • Placement of custom fluids bottles at select aid stations along the course.

 

Rules

  • ONLY REGISTERED ELITE ATHLETES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZE MONEY. Anyone not registered as an elite athlete in our Elite Program will not be eligible to win prize money.
  • Athlete must attend elite athletes meeting and filming/interviews (if selected).
  • The elite athlete is eligible for the prize money award of the event he/she is registered for. If the elite athlete is registered in the 2020 Miami Marathon, he/she is eligible, according to his/her finishing place, for the marathon prize money. If the elite athlete is registered in the 2020 Miami Half Marathon, he/she is eligible, according to his/her finishing place, for the half marathon prize money.
  • If a non-Elite Program athlete finishes in the top three of either the full or half marathon (and thus finishes in a place where prize money is offered), that athlete will NOT be paid the corresponding prize money amount, but will still finish in their respective place. EXAMPLE: if a non-Elite Program athlete finishes 2nd in the full marathon by time, that athlete will still be considered the Miami Marathon runner-up, but they will not be paid the 2nd place prize money. In this example, the 1st and 3rd place finishers (assuming they are both registered in the Elite Program) will still receive the corresponding 1st and 3rd place prize money amounts.
  • An elite athlete who wins overall prize money is then subsequently not eligible to win the Masters prize money.
  • Airfare, hotel, or transportation is no longer provided to elite athletes. We have increased the prize purse to compensate for travel associated with stay.
  • All Elite Program Athletes must attend one of the two mandatory technical meetings on race weekend.
  • Any athlete who has ever been convicted of a doping violation by USADA, WADA, IAAF, etc. and thus has served a ban from competition in the past or is currently serving a ban from competition is not eligible to compete in the Elite Program at the Miami Marathon & Half Marathon, and thus is not eligible to win any prize money in the full or half marathon.
  • Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USATF and IAAF rules, in accordance with USOC, USADA or IAAF procedures. Athletes found, after a disciplinary hearing, to be positive for prohibited substances, as defined by the WADA Code and/or IAAF, or who refuse to be tested will be disqualified from this event and may lose eligibility for future competitions. Any prize money payable to an athlete who has tested positive shall be withheld until the final disposition of all disciplinary proceedings. BEWARE: Some prescriptions, over the counter medications and nutritional supplements may contain prohibited substances. Information regarding drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USADA reference hotline at (800) 233-0393 or at www.usantidoping.org.

Elite Athlete Application

*Please note that this is an application only and does not guarantee acceptance. Remember to include links to your past race results in order to be considered. Previous results are required. Any application that is submitted WITHOUT links to online official race results will NOT be considered. It is the responsibility of the athlete and/or agent to supply accurate and correct internet links to race results. Deadline to apply is TWO WEEKS prior to race day (application cutoff – January 17, 2021).

Once we have received your Elite Athlete Application form, our Elite Athlete Coordinator will contact you or your designated representative to discuss your eligibility.

History

Event Records

Men’s Marathon 2:12:22 – David Ruto (2003)
Women’s Marathon 2:34:11 – Hiromi Ominami (2006)
 
Men’s Half Marathon 1:03:46 – Brian Sell (2008)
Women’s Half Marathon 1:13:53 – Santa Ines Melchor (2016)

Miami Marathon Champions

Male

2020 Saidi Juma Makula 2:22:01
2019 Ezekiel Kipsang 2:16:36
2018 Hillary Too 2:23:03
2017 Christopher Zablocki 2:18:15
2016 Benazzouz Slimani 2:24:56
2015 Luis Carlos Rivero Gonzalez 2:20:47
2014 Samuel Malakwen 2:19:46
2013 Luis Rivero Gonzalez 2:26:14
2012 Samuel Malakwen 2:16:55
2011 Tesfaye Alemayehu 2:12:57
2010 Michael Wardian 2:28:39
2009 Benazzouz Slimani 2:16:49
2008 Jose Garcia 2:17:43
2007 Teshome Gelana 2:17:51
2006 Ruben Garcia Gomez 2:18:15
2005 Elias Rodrigues Bastos 2:17:24
2004 William Gomez Amori 2:14:42
2003 David Ruto 2:12:22

Female

2020 Aydee Loayza Huaman 2:46:54
2019 Kate Landau 2:37:48
2018 Lyubov Denisova 2:40:54
2017 Marta Ayela 2:40:51
2016 Allison Kieffer 2:55:32
2015 Alemnesh Eshetu Habtemikael 2:39:31
2014 Mariska Kramer 2:49:27
2013 Mariska Kramer 2:46:07
2012 Raquel Maraviglia 2:41:39
2011 Alena Vinitskaya 2:44:38
2010 Brett Ely 2:45:36
2009 Michele Suskek 2:43:31
2008 Kelly Liljeblad 2:47:13
2007 Ramilla Burangulova 2:40:22
2006 Hiromi Ominami 2:34:11
2005 Sandra Ruales Mosquera 2:37:00
2004 Stacie Alboucrek 2:42:32
2003 Volga Yudziankova 2:40:22

Miami Half Marathon Champions

Male

2020 Dominic Korir 1:03:52
2019 Isaac Mukundi 1:06:51
2018 Julius Koskei 1:05:48
2017 Panuel Mkungo 1:04:12
2016 Stephen Njoroge 1:05:09
2015 Mariano Mastromarino 1:05:24
2014 Edward Tabut 1:06:45
2013 Robert Mbithi 1:05:44
2012 James Boitt 1:06:41
2011 Kumsa Adugna 1:07:04
2010 Justin Young 1:05:57
2009 Pat Hayburn 1:11:12
2008 Brian Sell 1:03:46
2007 Jared Abuya 1:07:09
2006 Ronnie Holassie 1:08:42
2005 Erick Quiros 1:08:02
2004 Josh Brashears 1:12:24
2003 Johnny Loria-Solano 1:07:55

Female

2020 Beatie Deutsch 1:16:50
2019 Melanie Myrand 1:19:12
2018 Firegenet Mandefiro 1:16:35
2017 Krystalanne Curwood 1:18:49
2016 Santa Ines Melchor 1:13:53
2015 Soranyi Rodriguez 1:19:12
2014 Shannon Miller 1:21:08
2013 Risper Biyaki Gesabwa 1:14:00
2012 Lilian Moraa Mariita 1:16:04
2011 Aziza Abate 1:15:05
2010 Megan Armstrong 1:17:50
2009 Suzanne Larsen 1:20:38
2008 Yolanda Fernandez 1:16:01
2007 Sonja Friend-Uhl 1:19:25
2006 Alicia Cevallos 1:19:50
2005 Debbi Kilpatrick 1:18:31
2004 Deirdre Brill 1:17:44

Top 10 Times in Event History

Marathon – Men

  1. David Ruto (2003) – 2:12:22
  2. Otavio Dos Santos P. (2003) – 2:12:23
  3. Kiplimo Rono (2003) – 2:12:40
  4. Tesfaye Alemayehu (2011) – 2:12:57
  5. William Gomez Amori (2004) – 2:14:42
  6. Genilson Junio Da S. (2003) – 2:15:17
  7. Ezekiel Kipsang (2019) – 2:16:36
  8. Benazzouz Slimani (2009) – 2:16:49
  9. Samuel Malakwen (2012) – 2:16:55
  10. Teferi Bacha (2012) – 2:16:55

Half Marathon – Men

  1. Brian Sell (2008) – 1:03:46
  2. Dominic Korir (2020) – 1:03:52
  3. Daniel Kemoi (2020) – 1:03:55
  4. Panuel Mkungo (2017) – 1:04:12
  5. Stephen Njoroge (2016) – 1:05:09
  6. Joseph Sitienei (2008) – 1:05:14
  7. Mike Morgan (2008) – 1:05:16
  8. Mariano Mastromarino (2015) – 1:05:24
  9. Benson Cheruiyot (2016) – 1:05:26
  10. Robert Mbithi (2013) – 1:05:44

Marathon – Female

  1. Hiromi Ominami (2006) – 2:34:11
  2. Sandra Ruales Mosquera (2005) – 2:37:00
  3. Sandra Ruales Mosquera (2006) – 2:37:18
  4. Kate Landau (2019) – 2:37:48
  5. Wioletta Kryza (2006) – 2:39:10
  6. Alemnesh Eshetu Habtemikael (2015) – 2:39:31
  7. Maria De Los Angeles Peralta (2015) – 2:39:33
  8. Volga Yudziankova (2003) – 2:40:22
  9. Ramilla Burangulova (2007) – 2:40:22
  10. Alena Vinitskaya (2003) – 2:40:42

Half Marathon – Female

  1. Santa Ines Melchor (2016) – 1:13:53
  2. Risper Biyaki Gesabwa (2013) – 1:14:00
  3. Malika Mejdoub Camacho (2013) – 1:14:14
  4. Rocio Cantara Rojas (2016) – 1:14:17
  5. Aziza Abate (2011) – 1:15:05
  6. Fiona Docherty (2011) – 1:15:07
  7. Yolanda Fernandez (2008) – 1:16:01
  8. Lilian Moraa Mariita (2012) – 1:16:04
  9. Lindsey Scherf (2016) – 1:16:12
  10. Firegenet Mandefiro (2018) – 1:16:35