Overall Rating
Overall Rating (14 Reviews)
4.6
(14 Ratings)(14 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.8
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.6
People coming together. People running together. A test of endurance, strength and will. Join 20,000 fellow runners, walkers, and wheelchair athletes on a gorgeous course through some of the most famous spots in Miami and Miami Beach. Secure your space at the start line today because it’s not Miami without … MORE
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    samderusso FIRST-TIMER '19

    The views were beautiful so while you may be suffering through 26.2 miles, you've got plenty to look at. Race crowds were fun and cheerful. They made a 20,000 person … MORE

    The views were beautiful so while you may be suffering through 26.2 miles, you’ve got plenty to look at. Race crowds were fun and cheerful. They made a 20,000 person event feel much smaller because it was so well organized and run. The medal was awesome, course support was great and PLENTY of water/aid stops. Expo was also a great one!

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    For first time marathon runners, this is am incredible way to start being a marathoner! All the production work team made an amazing labor!!! MORE

    For first time marathon runners, this is am incredible way to start being a marathoner! All the production work team made an amazing labor!!!

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    BarefootNilima REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Hangover of Miami Marathon is still lingering. The day is still reeling in the eyes of my mind. Yes, I ran Miami Marathon 2019!! Miami Marathon is very special to … MORE

    Hangover of Miami Marathon is still lingering. The day is still reeling in the eyes of my mind. Yes, I ran Miami Marathon 2019!!
    Miami Marathon is very special to me as it is similar in many ways to my hometown Mumbai. The city, people, weather everything comforts me. That’s the reason I run here, as a tribute to Mumbai Marathon ( India ).
    My Story on the race day … I WITNESSED…
    The beautiful skyline of Miami brightening up early in the morning, Dolphins joyfully playing in the sea, Eagles spreading their wings and sunbathing to the sunrise, Peacocks in their full glory in the garden of a beautiful house.
    Love, respect, care, cheer, happiness, pain, guts to quit on the route by fellow runners.
    How strangers were giving free hugs to the sweaty, stinky running bodies, those little boys and girls standing patiently to give HI fives to the marathoners, kindness of the onlookers who clapped/cheered/encouraged runners nonstop, how cheer girls / bands tried to brighten up or powerup the tired runners.
    How selfless volunteers cheering, offering water/Gatorade to the runners, How Medical stations tirelessly offering medical aid to the runners,
    How caring were the first responders while they were serving a dehydrated runner.
    Patience, warmth, love of Miami police officers throughout the route, Tremendous patience among all the photographers who clicked pictures throughout the day with a huge smile on their face!
    The hospitality of Miami citizens/residents on the by-lanes of the full marathon course.
    The large heart of the volunteer who gave me a bear hug after putting that lovely masterpiece medal around my neck at the finish line.
    I LOVED what I witnessed and experienced. I loved every moment I spent on the race day.
    I want to thank each and every individual who is connected to this race and made this race a memorable one for all the runners including me. I am grateful to each one of them.
    Thank you Miami Marathon Organizers for an amazing experience.
    Miami, I love you, I am coming next year to salute you, to salute your spirit!!

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    lindaselah817 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Overall it was a great race weekend. The expo had many great vendors and it really catered to the runners. The race course was not as flat as I thought … MORE

    Overall it was a great race weekend. The expo had many great vendors and it really catered to the runners. The race course was not as flat as I thought but I pushed through. Finishers medal was outstanding. I would do this race again 👏🏾

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    Isaert FIRST-TIMER '19

    Hello ! I'm a french marathon & ultra trail runner and i have a lot of fun and pleasure at Miami Marathon for my first participation. Organisation is perfect and … MORE

    Hello !
    I’m a french marathon & ultra trail runner and i have a lot of fun and pleasure at Miami Marathon for my first participation. Organisation is perfect and fun. Price Is cheap, but quality is everywhere like the beautiful medal. During the race, i’ve discover a lot of beautiful places and landscape. See u soon Miami !

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    james0802 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Starting weather looked like it would be a lot worse than it was; rain stopped at the start and temps for the half at least were manageable, tho the Miami … MORE

    Starting weather looked like it would be a lot worse than it was; rain stopped at the start and temps for the half at least were manageable, tho the Miami humidity was high as usual. The medal was beautiful as usual and the expo was world class.

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    YanisNanashi FIRST-TIMER '18

    Miami Marathon was a perfect race in almost every aspect. Runners have the choice to run full or half marathon. The expo is one of the best I have ever … MORE

    Miami Marathon was a perfect race in almost every aspect. Runners have the choice to run full or half marathon. The expo is one of the best I have ever visited and offers extremely good deals.
    The races both start early in the morning in the dark at 6 am which means that you run about 45 minutes in the dark. The course takes you from downtown Miami across the long bridge to South Beach and the smaller bridges back to the city. It´s flat except of the bridges. Water and Iso is provided very frequently. All runners get a T-Shirt and a HUGE medal! In the finish area runners get a lot of food and drinks – it´s amazing! And even the photos that were taken along the course and in the finish are given to the runners for free! The only thing that I did not like was the fact that the last mile was (or km) was definitively not measured correctly – it was way to long. The course of the half marathon was a bit (like 200 m) longer than it should have been which was a bit frustrating in terms of the finish time.

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    dsbland FIRST-TIMER '18

    The Miami Marathon is an extremely well run event and a very scenic course. The expo this year was at a convention center and getting in and out was no … MORE

    The Miami Marathon is an extremely well run event and a very scenic course. The expo this year was at a convention center and getting in and out was no problem at all. There were lots of interesting vendors at the expo as well as several work out sessions that were going on during the event. Race day was well organized and the race starting at 6am helped with the weather. Unfortunately, the weather this year was rough, starting in the mid 70’s and extremely humid. A constant 20mph breeze actually helped mitigate the heat but was tough to run in and out of all day. The weather is absolutely no reflection on the race itself, it’s a wonderful event and is well supported by the volunteers and plenty of spectators. Even though there weren’t many of us that continued after the full/half split (half-marathoners out numbered the full by the thousands), the water stations and spectators will still plentiful and didn’t suffer like they do in far too many other events. Unfortunately, you can’t count on cool weather in south Florida, just take it easy and enjoy the day.

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    JoJoRunner Jan 31, 2018 at 1:54pm

    Why only 3 out of 5 stars in the overall rating if I may ask?

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    JoJoRunner FIRST-TIMER '16

    Miami Marathon had one of the biggest and best sports exhibitions. A lot of swag and give aways. The race started at 6a.m. and I was running with jacket until … MORE

    Miami Marathon had one of the biggest and best sports exhibitions. A lot of swag and give aways. The race started at 6a.m. and I was running with jacket until it finally warmed up a little towards the end of the race. Start was at American Airlines Areana and one runs along the port to Miami Beach, a loop there and back (I kinda new the course since the Halloween race uses a similar route). The finisher medal was built out of three rings that spin around eachother- one mof my most favourite bling ever. The area at the finish was big and great to relax in.

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    janerunswild REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The race started at 6am for both half and full marathon. When I ran the marathon in 2012, I appreciated the early timing of the race given the heat (it … MORE

    The race started at 6am for both half and full marathon. When I ran the marathon in 2012, I appreciated the early timing of the race given the heat (it was 70 degrees at the start that year!). But this year, the course only warmed up slightly after the sun rose at around 7am. Temperatures overall were warmer than home (Boston), so I am not complaining, but 40 degrees and windy feels cold for anyone!
    Just after 6, we were off! The course started on the Miami mainland at the stadium where Miami Heat plays. We then crossed over a causeway by Star Island (I didn’t spot any celebs at this early hour), then up Miami beach along ocean drive, and crossed back to the mainland close to where we started. It was a very scenic course to say the least!
    This is the first time I followed a race strategy for a half. I typically treat halfs as training runs for a full marathon and don’t think much about the race itself, which is fine in some cases. But it was fun planning a race strategy with my coaches for the Miami half. I know that having this plan significantly helped me run my PR (1:40 finish time). I was very happy to run a negative split, running the first 10k @7:49 minute miles, finishing the race @7:42 minute miles.

    I followed the plan as closely as possible, which included:

    Maintaining an average planned goal of roughly 7:45/mile pace, so starting out closer to 7:50-8:00/mile (even though this will feel slow, especially on flat ground).
    Maintain that pace for the first two miles before pushing closer to 7:45/mile through at least Mile 7.
    After Mile 7, I could gradually start to speed up, pushing closer to 7:30/mile and, finally, for the last 5K or so, going for it and pushing with whatever I had left.
    Miami half was a flat course with the exception of three “inclines” (bridges), so I was able to quickly lock into a solid pace and maintain it for most of the course. I kept reminding myself to not to start out too quickly! I need to continue to remind myself this at Phoenix Marathon.
    My pre-race meal included: most of a bagel with PB& banana, and I had one GU during the race around mile 7. I drank water at all stations except for mile 4 where I grabbed Gatorade accidently. If I am eating GUs along the course, I typically only stick to water. Usually I’d have two GUs total, but did not feel like I needed a second one during this race.

    I listened to a variety of top 40 and 80s hits which kept me going, but turned off the tunes close to the finish line to hear the announcer, etc. I enjoyed finishing without music and have to remind myself to turn off the tunes at the next race!

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    kmwolfe REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Weather is out of race director's control but it was COLD at 6 am for race start. Not typical for Miami so many ere not prepared. The 6 am start … MORE

    Weather is out of race director’s control but it was COLD at 6 am for race start. Not typical for Miami so many ere not prepared. The 6 am start time was new this year to accommodate the marathon runners and avoid some heat but it’s too early. Also there was a course change that made the course less scenic. Too much congestion at the finish to get your medal and the bag check area was too far away from the finish and in the opposite direction of the post run festivities. Not so gratifying a race this year compared to 2 years ago. I would recommend starting the marathoners at 6 am and the half marathoners at 7. Need more volunteers for the water stations. Would only recommend if changes are made to the course and start time. Very large field so would not recommend if you do not want a big, flashy race.

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    dansolera REPEAT RUNNER '15

    There's a reason I have run this half marathon more than any other race of its kind, and I don't even live in Florida. For the everyday runner, there are … MORE

    There’s a reason I have run this half marathon more than any other race of its kind, and I don’t even live in Florida. For the everyday runner, there are two big reasons to run Miami: 1.) It’s 80 in Miami in January, when most of the country is shivering or buried under snow, and 2.) this race has nailed race production. Not too demanding, but not too loose, they simply know how to put together a well-oiled event that features a stunningly beautiful course. While the marathon does have its share of long, unchanging stretches of neighborhoods, the half marathon is constantly changing and always gorgeous (except for maybe 1 mile of city running near the end). The hardware is always ostentatious and colorful, the t-shirts are made to wear all the time, and you may easily find yourself registering for the next year just days after finishing. Can’t recommend this race enough.

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    dansolera REPEAT RUNNER '12

    Although the full distance is much more challenging in Miami's heat and humidity, the half marathon is one of my all-time favorites. Runners will enjoy colorful cruise ships along the … MORE

    Although the full distance is much more challenging in Miami’s heat and humidity, the half marathon is one of my all-time favorites. Runners will enjoy colorful cruise ships along the Macarthur Causeway, art deco restaurants and hotels in Miami Beach, soft waves lapping at the Venetian Causeway and the thrill of thousands of denizens cheering downtown. The race t-shirt and medal is always a winner and you can bet that this January getaway will provide warm weather for a perfect winter escape. I can’t talk this race up enough. It’s the only out-of-state race I’ve run three times, soon to be four.

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '14

    The Miami Marathon is absolutely gorgeous. It starts by the Miami Heat's American Airlines arena, runs over the MacArthur Causeway by cruise ships, over Ocean Drive, back on the Venetian, … MORE

    The Miami Marathon is absolutely gorgeous. It starts by the Miami Heat’s American Airlines arena, runs over the MacArthur Causeway by cruise ships, over Ocean Drive, back on the Venetian, all the way to Coconut Grove with a quick detour over the Rickenbacker Causeway before taking palm-tree lined Brickell Avenue to the finish line. However, it is Miami, so it will be at least humid, if not warm. The medal is routinely selected as a prized finisher’s token and the t-shirts are always top-notch. If you live in a city usually beset by snow in January, this is the perfect getaway.

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