Every year, we pay tribute to the star of the show — the course. Runners count on the course to pull them through, and every year it doesn’t let them down. 13.1 miles of Miami views and sounds propel you to the finish line. This half marathon course has almost everything in common with the full marathon, as it shares the same route for 12.8 miles.
About The Course
- The course is a USTAF-certified, flat, single-loop and Boston-qualifying course.
- There are several bridges well spread out along the course with a very slight graduated incline.
- 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 half marathon finisher’s medal.
- Please line up at the start line area according to the corral indicated on your race bib.
- NEW Back of the Pack vehicle – Chiva bus!
*More information on Boston qualification standards.
Garmin is a proud sponsor of the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon presented by cbdMD. Download the official Marathon, Half Marathon & Tropical 5k race course to your compatible Garmin device.
Half Marathon Course
Tropical 5K Course
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.
Coconut Grove Area: 6:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Rickenbacker Cswy – 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.
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 (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 bridge. 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.
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 is located at the Finish Line, three blocks south of the Start Line. The clear bag provided at race kit pickup must be used. See the Bag Check section below for more information.
To get through the Start Line, participants will be able to use walkways until they close at 5:50 a.m.
A medical unit will be located at the Start Line for your safety. Please look for medical personnel in yellow 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 American Airlines Arena (no bags permitted). Two ADA restrooms will be located at 8th St. and Biscayne Boulevard.
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 (Biscayne & E. Flagler Street).
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 shute) 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.
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 yellow 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.
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 Athlete Services no later than three (3) business days prior to the event.
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.
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Endurance Formula + Energy Gels
Gatorade Endurance is a portfolio of products created specifically for endurance athletes who are training and racing for prolonged periods of time when fluid and electrolyte losses can be significant. Gatorade Endurance Formula and Energy Gels help deliver critical fluids and nutrients to get you through the Life Time Miami Marathon. We’ll have Lemon-Lime Endurance Formula on-course at all aid-stations, and both caffeinated Energy Gels (Strawberry and Lemon-Ginger) and non-caffeinated Energy Gels (Blackberry, Mango, Apple Pear, and Vanilla) available at approximately miles 8 and 15.5. Learn more about the Gatorade Endurance line of products at www.GatoradeEndurance.com
Chiquita bananas will be available at the Omni Cheer Station (approx. mile 11) and Dole fruit cups for the Marathon at mile 23.
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 (2)
Tigertail Ave (1)
*Information and locations are subject to change.
In order to comply with event permits as per municipal requirements, the roads will reopen to vehicular traffic and bridges will resume normal operation in a graduated manner. We require that participants be properly prepared and trained to complete the half marathon (13.1 miles/21 KM) within 3.5 hours (16 minutes per mile pace or 10 minutes per KM) from the time the Start Line corrals clear (~7 AM).
Please note: The Full Marathon Finish Line will remain open for 7 hours and the Half Marathon Finish Line for 4 hours from the time from the time the Start Line corrals clear (approximately 7 AM). Medals and official finish times will be given to all finishers who complete the FULL Marathon within 7 hours, and the HALF Marathon within 4 hours.
Half Marathon cutoff policy summary:
- 3.5 hours (16 minutes per mile) for the course.
- The Finish Line will remain open for 4 hours for half marathoners. Please note: on-course participant support (i.e. water stations, volunteers, course marshals, clocks, etc.) is NOT guaranteed and participants will be required to adhere to local pedestrian rules (move to curbsides, break down lines, sidewalks, etc.) after the 3.5 hour checkpoint.
ASSISTANCE TO FINISH LINE
Transport to the Finish Line will be provided for runners unable to complete the race. A runner follow-up vehicle will be available throughout the course at the back of the pack – NEW for 2020, the vehicle will be a Chiva bus! (See below.). The Finish Line is on Biscayne Boulevard (between SE 1st St. and Flagler St.). Once the Chiva has reached you we ask that you please get on.
Please note that after the 3.5-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 you will be required to adhere to local pedestrian rules (move to curbsides, break down lanes, sidewalks, etc.).
*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.
Don’t get caught by the Chiva!
NEW for 2020, our back of the pack vehicle will be a Rumbachiva bus! If you’re on-course and see this bus coming up behind you, it means you need to pick up the pace or you must board the Chiva as your race will be over at that point.
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 Race Kit Pickup. Place your bib number sticker on the bag which was provided with your registration packet. Make sure your belongings are well-marked with your contact information. We are NOT responsible for damaged or lost items. NO BACKPACKS PERMITTED.
Miami is known for entertaining its visitors and residents, so of course we couldn’t have a half marathon without offering Miami-style entertainment. You will be getting several entertainment stations along your journey paradise.
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.