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February 5, 2022

Life Time Tropical 5K

Providing a sneak preview and warm-up for those running the Life Time Miami Marathon and Half, the Life Time Tropical 5K is a great kick-off to the entire weekend experience.

Course and Schedule

Beginning on the Watson Island and going along thee MacArthur Causeway, it’s a nice way to take in breathtaking views of the harbor with a finish line celebration on Nikki Beach.

Course and event details subject to change.

Tropical 5k Course Map


Start Time:    7:30 AM
Location:        980 MacArthur Causeway 

The start line is located on the MacArthur Causeway on the east side of Watson Island. There will be no early start for walkers, but we ask that if you do plan on walking that you please start near the end of the pack to avoid being crowded or bumped.

We encourage all participants to pick up their packet prior to race day during the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon Expo on Friday, February 4 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There will NOT BE shuttles from the start to the finish area of this point-to-point course.


Location:        1 Washington Avenue

All participants must maintain a 20 minute per mile pace (a walking pace) and be able to complete the course within 60 minutes or less of crossing the start line. After you finish, enjoy our post-race festival at Nikki Beach.

*Course details subject to change.

Parking and Transportation

There are several parking options within the vicinity of the course that will be filled on a first-come, first-service basis. For more details, see the transportation information below.

Important Life Time Tropical 5K Parking Information

There will be NO PARKING available at the Miami Children’s Museum this year. If driving, we ask that you plan to arrive 1 – 1.5 hours in advance in order to park at our designated parking locations and shuttle to the Start Line. Please review the parking information below: 

Pre-Race: All athletes will be shuttled to the Start Line from designated pick-up/drop-off locations from 5:30 AM to 7 AM. Please view the table below of designated parking garages and Shuttle pick-up/drop-off locations.

Post-Race: Miami Beach parking garages are within walking distance from the Finish Festival at Nikki Beach. However, shuttles will run post-race back to each of the pick-up/drop-off locations, including Jungle Island.

There will be available parking at Jungle Island at a $8.00 flat rate starting at 5:30 AM. Note: This garage will fill quickly and entrance will be cut off once full or at 6:30 AM, whichever occurs first. All parking tickets must be displayed on window. Shuttles will run from Jungle Island to the Start Line on Watson Island. 

Please follow parking attendants and event/roadway signage. Be sure to ARRIVE EARLY! There will be a few thousand people coming to the same place to participate so please plan accordingly in order to board the shuttles and make it to the Start Line on time (7:30 AM Race Start).

There will be free shuttles running post-race from 8 AM to 10 AM from the Finish Festival at Nikki Beach back to the parking locations specified above. Note: the Miami Beach parking garages listed above are within walking distance of Nikki Beach. *The last shuttle will leave promptly at 10 AM from Nikki Beach.

There will be NO shuttles from the start to the finish area of this point-to-point course.

*Course and event information subject to change.

Alert System

An event status system will be displayed at each mile marker indicating the status of the race based on the current course and weather conditions. For more details, see “Alert System” on the Safety Information Page.


Finisher’s Medal

All registered Tropical 5K participants will receive a Finisher’s medal (2020 pictured) upon crossing the finish line and will be eligible to earn the overall and age group awards listed below.

You must be wearing the official race bib assigned to you in order to receive a Finisher’s medal.

Award Divisions

Awards will be given to winners in both overall and age group divisions. For award division breakdown, see information below.

Overall award plaques will be given to male and female winners in the following categories.

  • Overall Male (3 deep)
  • Overall Female (3 deep)
  • Masters
  • Handcrank
  • Pushrim

Custom designed medals will be awarded 3 deep for males and females in each the following divisions:

  • Ages 14 and under
  • Ages 15-19
  • Ages 20-24
  • Ages 25-29
  • Ages 30-34
  • Ages 35-39
  • Ages 40-44
  • Ages 45-49
  • Ages 50-54
  • Ages 55-59
  • Ages 60-64
  • Ages 65-69
  • Ages 70-74
  • Ages 75+

Award Distribution

Life Time Tropical 5K overall and age group awards will be distributed during the awards ceremony at the post-race Finish Festival. If you do not receive your award during the ceremony, you MUST email us at FLevents@LT.LIFE within one week post-race with your bib number to verify your place and mailing address to which we will send the medal free of cost. After one week, you must pay $5 for an age group medal or $10 for an overall award plaque to be mailed to you. Note: we will be unable to issue 2020 awards after one month post-race (March 5, 2022 deadline). We will mail this one time and are unable to issue replacement medals. 


To view results and photos, head to our Results page:

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