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. 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 adhere to “courtesy corralling.” Line up at the start line area according to your estimated finish time.
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.
If you are interested in being corralled with a seeded number, you must have completed a marathon after January 1, 2016 in a time faster than 3:00:00 for men and 3:30:00 for women, to be CONSIDERED for a seed number. Please email FLevents@lt.life for verification.
Seeded numbers are NOT guaranteed. Seeded runners will be corralled at the front of the start line that will be labeled by large signs. Your assigned corral will be indicated on your bib number. Match the letter of your bib to the letter of your corral.
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. See the gear 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 green T-shirts if you need assistance. Water/Gatorade stations will be located on both sides of the start line area.
Port-o-lets will be at various locations around the start line. There will be no public access inside the American Airlines Arena.
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 (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 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.
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 red 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 Fitbit Miami Marathon & Half Marathon via email at FLevents@lt.life 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.
Staying hydrated is key when runners pound the pavement on January 29th during the Fitbit Miami Marathon & Half Marathon. Miami-Dade’s Water is fresh, delicious and tested more than 210,000 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.
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. Newly reformulated, it now contains no artificial flavors or sweeteners and has a new, lighter flavor. Gatorade Gels will be available at approximately mile 7.3 and 15.7.
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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 half marathon (13.1 miles) within 3.5 hours (16 min/mile pace). However, the half marathon finish line will remain open for 4 hours (18 min/mile pace). Please note that after the 6-hour pace, participant support (e.g. 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.).
Half Marathon cutoff policy summary
- 3.5 hours (16 min/mile) for the course
- 4 hours (18 min/mile) for the finish line (use sidewalks, curbside, 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.
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. 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.