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People coming together. People running together. A test of endurance, strength and will. Join 15,000 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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    ruthdelwiche REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Been running Miami half since 2017. The weather has been tough for 2 of the races, this being one. It was very hot and humid which made it difficult being … MORE

    Been running Miami half since 2017. The weather has been tough for 2 of the races, this being one. It was very hot and humid which made it difficult being that I’d been running in freezing weather in Chicago. The race itself is wonderful. The organizers do an exceptional job of taking care of the runners. The course takes you throughout the city and various neighborhoods. Spectators of pretty good and the participants are wonderful. The course is relatively flat with several bridges you cross over. I love running as the sun is coming up which reminds you of how blessed you are to be able to be out there running. The water stations are very fluent, seems like very mile. The after party is my favorite of all the races I have attended. The live Army band puts on a show like no other. The atmosphere is uplifting from start to finish. The view at the finish is wonderful as you get to take pictures along the beach. The refreshments and medal are the top of the line. Miami knows how to put on a good show and for that reason I will continue to keep coming back to this wonderful event!!!!

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    bguhasarkarCA FIRST-TIMER '22

    The vibe is so fun in Miami to run a 5K. People of all backgrounds and ages. Great views over the bridge to South Beach. The water stations, bus to … MORE

    The vibe is so fun in Miami to run a 5K. People of all backgrounds and ages. Great views over the bridge to South Beach. The water stations, bus to parking, and race logistics – all were orchestrated really well.

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    chrismadav REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This race is great. One of my favorites. Great scenery, atmosphere, swag. The expo has great details. It has a flat course, not that easy because of humidity, but the … MORE

    This race is great. One of my favorites. Great scenery, atmosphere, swag. The expo has great details. It has a flat course, not that easy because of humidity, but the views are wonderful. It has the best of Miami/Miami Beach: McArthur, Ocean Drive, Washington Ave, Venetian Way, Bayfront Park. I would do it lots of times. Recommended race.

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    Msjj16 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I had the opportunity to participate in the Tropical 5k & the half marathon. I loved the expo, swag & medals🙌🏾 I was accidentally knocked down just before mile one … MORE

    I had the opportunity to participate in the Tropical 5k & the half marathon. I loved the expo, swag & medals🙌🏾 I was accidentally knocked down just before mile one so I didn’t quite make the time I wanted, but I’m a proud finisher which is always my goal. It’s fun to meet so many from all over! My beautiful BGR! Sisters were wonderful host & representing on the pavement. The course was great with the best scenery to keep pushing through. The food, vendors, & music at the post race party was awesome! I can’t wait to run Miami again!

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    amber2778 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first half and traveling out of state alone to Miami was an adventure! I wished I were able to enjoy all days of the expo and the … MORE

    This was my first half and traveling out of state alone to Miami was an adventure! I wished I were able to enjoy all days of the expo and the Friday not festivities. This was my best choice and I’ll keep this on on my list of lifetime races. Fueling stations and space was great compared to the amount of people. I had know idea of the people. It was well managed

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    samderusso REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is one of my absolute favorites. Every turn is gorgeous views. For a massive race, this thing is run like a fine tuned machine. Especially when you think about … MORE

    This is one of my absolute favorites. Every turn is gorgeous views. For a massive race, this thing is run like a fine tuned machine. Especially when you think about the city of Miami shutting down for a few hours. The course has tons of aid stations, awesome crowds throughout to cheer you on & did i mention the views?! It’s so fun to see various areas of Miami. The finish line fest is great, expo has tons of booths and overall the race is just amazing. It’s well run as an event, one of the best I’ve been to, & you can’t help but have fun on the course.

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    damalit REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The course isn’t the easiest, but the crowd helps you keep moving. Getting into the corrals is difficult if you’re in a later corral. We had to walk passed the … MORE

    The course isn’t the easiest, but the crowd helps you keep moving. Getting into the corrals is difficult if you’re in a later corral. We had to walk passed the starting line to cross over to our corral which was inconvenient.
    The shuttle bus driver got lost. The last shuttle was at 4:30am. But the race didn’t start until 6:15. I recall the shuttle being available later than 4:30am.
    We spent too much time on the shuttle going around in circles. That was unpleasant.
    The race was 68 degrees at the start. Be prepared to stand around for a long time if you rave a 4:30 shuttle.

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    MarathonJoe REPEAT RUNNER '22

    A great place to get away from the cold weather and snow that many states have during the winter. There are plenty of hotels that are close to the start … MORE

    A great place to get away from the cold weather and snow that many states have during the winter. There are plenty of hotels that are close to the start line. There are great views when crossing the bridge to go from Miami to Miami Beach. There were plenty of aides stations and porty potties on the course.

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    tahamahama FIRST-TIMER '22

    Awesome course that runs through some of the most scenic parts of Dade County. You start near the waterfront in downtown and immediately head east over the MacArthur toward Miami … MORE

    Awesome course that runs through some of the most scenic parts of Dade County. You start near the waterfront in downtown and immediately head east over the MacArthur toward Miami Beach. You loop around some awfully nice houses before heading back west across the Venetian Causeway, south through downtown again. The half marathoners split off at this point and the race gets a lot quieter as the number of people doing the full distance is much less. The 2022 race this year was HOT to say the least. As you continue heading south and do your little adventure out onto the Rickenbacker the heat and direct sun exposure got to many of my fellow runners. Take. It. Slow.

    Aid stations are numerous and well stocked. Volunteers are friendly and well organized. The live music and DJs are GREAT. Spectators are super motivational.

    Finish chute is well indicated and leads to a neat spinning medal. Post race expo is somewhat limited but nice enough. 10/10 would recommend and am already signed up for next year 🙂

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    hsepehri REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This was my first Marathon. I wish it had started earlier or on time. The race was well organized. Great performances along the way. Great volunteers and medical tents. Loved … MORE

    This was my first Marathon. I wish it had started earlier or on time. The race was well organized. Great performances along the way. Great volunteers and medical tents. Loved having the KeyBiscayne portion earlier than later. Beautiful medal.

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    SandraP REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is my second time running the Miami half marathon and I am sure I´ll do it again. Lovely scenery, perfect weather. The corrals are greatly organized. I am proud … MORE

    This is my second time running the Miami half marathon and I am sure I´ll do it again. Lovely scenery, perfect weather. The corrals are greatly organized. I am proud to show the medal, I love all its details. Food and drinks at the end of the race are perfect to recover your energy and get you ready to keep enjoying your day.

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    The race was very well organized. Corrals were well spaced and the assignments for A-D were based on previous race times so most runners began at roughly the same pace. … MORE

    The race was very well organized. Corrals were well spaced and the assignments for A-D were based on previous race times so most runners began at roughly the same pace. The 6am start mattered as it was fairly hot at that point and the temperature continued to rise. The first half of the race was fairly scenic and went through some well known areas of Miami Beach. After 13.1 miles the crowd thinned considerably (only about 2,400 of 15,000 runners did the marathon distance). Second half of the race went through more residential areas and had less crowd support but was still well sign posted and marshalled. There were ample aid stations with lots of water/Gatorade/first aid support/toilets for the marathon distance. Very “Miami” medals and also medals for age group winners. Water, Gatorade, bananas, snacks and a full meal in a box at the finish. A recommended race.

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    sikder FIRST-TIMER '22

    Management and all the volunteers were cool ! They serve their best. I loved it very much! I will join this marathon over and over! If weather is nice and … MORE

    Management and all the volunteers were cool ! They serve their best. I loved it very much!
    I will join this marathon over and over! If weather is nice and cool , this is the best event to run and enjoy the beauty of Miami Beach !!

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    DanChapman FIRST-TIMER '22

    Great start.vl Very well organized. Each corral had their own starting air horn, lights and flares when it was their time to start. The course? Simply beautiful. For a big … MORE

    Great start.vl Very well organized. Each corral had their own starting air horn, lights and flares when it was their time to start. The course? Simply beautiful. For a big city marathon, you can’t ask for better views and scenery. Water stations were fully stocked and staffed. Felt at ease seeing how many aid stations and Porta potties there were. Great entertainment and great crowds cheering you on for almost the entire length of the course. Between that and the scenery, it was hard to be bored, even running for nearly 4 hours. The finisher metal is gorgeous and the after party at Bayfront Park was awesome. The only downside is the temp/humidity. Although the course is mostly flat (although there were a few more hills than I remember in Miami, and I’m from there), running a PB will likely be tough in what appears to be the norm temp wise for this race (was like 70 with 91% humidity to start and got up to 76 by the time I finished). This was my first marathon, and it definitely won’t be my last one, or my last one in Miami.

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    tonyaw967 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is my favorite race because I love my city! It’s well run by Frankie Ruiz & Crew…. Perfect way to start the year & for those that love in … MORE

    This is my favorite race because I love my city! It’s well run by Frankie Ruiz & Crew…. Perfect way to start the year & for those that love in cold places, you get to come to sunny Miami & run through South Beach & Downtown Miami! Plus you party at the start & finish line! Did I mention it’s my favorite race? 💙

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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Miami is one of my favorite cities so this race was high on my bucket list. I decided to sign up last year after they had an offer to do … MORE

    Miami is one of my favorite cities so this race was high on my bucket list. I decided to sign up last year after they had an offer to do the 2021 virtual race free if you signed up for the 2022 race. So last year I also did the 2021 virtual half marathon. While I will focus my review on the live race, I do want to say that this was the best virtual race I participated in. There was a very active facebook group where members shared their race experience and a virtual expo along with great swag. I was initially signed up for the marathon but dropped to the half due to my foot injury. Although this race does let you drop to the half during the race if you are registered for the marathon and decide at the split at mile 12.5 you don’t want to run another 13+ miles. For the race I stayed at the Comfort Inn downtown. It is a little under a mile from the start/finish so walkable at least for the half. It was relatively affordable and about $100 less than the host hotels although this is Miami and it will be not be the cheapest race-cation. The expo is at Miami Beach and not within walking distance of the start though they do have shuttle buses to the start from Miami Beach if you don’t want to rent a car. I was happy to see most people and vendors at the expo were wearing masks. It was a nice expo with easy bib pick-up. You also got the shirt which is tech and nice quality but white which isn’t my favorite color to run in. They had a whole section of food and drink items and there was a ton of free samples. They also had the typical expo booth to buy any race items you forgot. It was a good expo. I spent close to an hour there. Race morning was pretty smooth. You are assigned a corral and the athlete guide says the approximate time your corral will go off. This was great as I was in the last corral since I predicted to be slow with my injury so I knew when to arrive and do my pre-race routine and wasn’t waiting around for hours to start. I did find it a little confusing finding my corral as they are utilizing different side streets and not just one big line. I didn’t study the guide close enough and if I did the race again I would check closer where my corral is. I did eventually find it. We started a few minutes later than the guide said but generally around the right time. The start line was exciting and had an announcer and fun music. The corrals were spaced out pretty nicely. This is a race with 15,000 people so obviously it will be a little crowded but it felt much less crowded than other races I have done this size and felt more like the crowd of a mid-sized race which also made it seem safer. I was very happy they had pacers for the slow runners and even happier they had a run walk pacer for a 3:00 hour time goal. I was hoping to beat 3 hours but knew with my deconditioning and the heat I would need to run-walk. The pacer was great. Very enthusiastic and with even splits. The course is wonderful with most of it on Miami Beach. Miami is one of my favorite cities in terms of scenery and I love the beach views and Art deco architecture. It was so nice to be in a tropical area. Although it was again 80 degrees and humid which is not great especially when you are already deconditioned and haven’t ran in weather like this in 6 months. I was doing good keeping up with the pacer until mile 10 when I had to stop and walk most of the rest of the race. Although this is a back of the pack friendly race and there were plenty of people walking with me in the end and still people cheering for us. This is also a fun race to walk given the beautiful scenery and allowed me to stop and take some pics. There were frequent aid stations with water and gatorade about every mile with gels at mile 7. If you are not used to the weather though I would recommend using a handheld water bottle since you will want more hydration. Even though I was slow they did not run out of water or gatorade at any aid station. There were not as many spectators as I would expect for a big city race. There were a lot at the finish line but there were sections with almost no spectators. However the race had great energy from all the participants and there were frequent musicians and other entertainers which made up for it. The finish line was very exciting with a ton of spectators. I didn’t meet my goal of 3 hours but I realized I wouldn’t make it once I had to walk at mile 10 and met my secondary goal of under 3:10. I was happy that my foot felt fine afterwards and I was not limping at all. The difficult of the race was really hard to rate. The course itself was as easy as possible with just a few very gradual bridges as the only elevation change but the heat made it really tough. The medal is beautiful and one of my top 5 medals. The finish line festival was great and there were food options including kosher, vegan quinoa wraps and vegetarian pasta. I wish I could have stayed longer but I had to check out of my hotel and wanted to be able to shower before I flew home. Even if this was one of my worst half marathon performances, I had a great time and really enjoyed the race. As I love visiting Miami I’m sure I will do this one again. I would definitely recommend this for Florida especially if you like large, big city races. However if you prefer smaller races, would like a cheaper trip or hate heat and humidity this may not be the best choice for you.

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    DanChapman Feb 08, 2022 at 5:17pm

    Fantastic review. You really covered everything. I ran the marathon and I agree with everything you said.

    Fantastic review. You really covered everything. I ran the marathon and I agree with everything you said.

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    kloskyj FIRST-TIMER '22

    Well supported, easy and flat course, fairly scenic, well organized, a great large marathon. If I had a complaint, it would be about us runners. If you read this and … MORE

    Well supported, easy and flat course, fairly scenic, well organized, a great large marathon. If I had a complaint, it would be about us runners. If you read this and you’re new to running races, learn the etiquette. Don’t move to the front of the corral and start the race walking 4 abreast. Don’t drift all over the place without looking behind you. Swag is average, registration is a little high. For me, I’d do another FL to get this state, but it aligned with my schedule. If you like the larger marathons, you’ll enjoy this one.

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    ruthdelwiche REPEAT RUNNER '22

    If you want to get out of the cold, come run in Miami. The packet pickup for the entire weekend of events is conveniently located. Volunteers help you every step … MORE

    If you want to get out of the cold, come run in Miami. The packet pickup for the entire weekend of events is conveniently located. Volunteers help you every step of the way. The swag is wonderful as is the expo. As for the race, the 5k begins near the Children’s Museum and it is wonderful to start just as the sun is coming up. What a beautiful way to get your morning started. The spectators and volunteers at the water stations are great. You are well taken care of when you run Miami. The after party is at the beach so once again you get to take all these wonderful pictures while enjoying music and refreshments. The course is flat and except for the heat which can affect your running, it is a course you can get through relatively quick. Happy to say this is the first year in 6 years running Miami that I have PR’d. I was one happy runner.

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    pablopelos FIRST-TIMER '22

    Race day started out about 72 degrees and progressed to nearly 80 degrees at the end. The good thing was they had water/gatorade/portapotties at every mile, definitely needed. The first … MORE

    Race day started out about 72 degrees and progressed to nearly 80 degrees at the end. The good thing was they had water/gatorade/portapotties at every mile, definitely needed. The first half was over the causeway and up through South Beach, very enjoyable scenery. Nice crowd. Then over the causeway and down through downtown. The second half had us run down the coast to coconut grove and back, kind of boring until the turnaround right downtown in coconut grove while people had brunch. Not my best performance, but due to the temperatures I will take a finish anyday, will run again.

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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is the 5K that takes place on the Saturday of Miami marathon weekend. It is a point to point that starts at the Miami Children's Museum and goes along … MORE

    This is the 5K that takes place on the Saturday of Miami marathon weekend. It is a point to point that starts at the Miami Children’s Museum and goes along a Causeway into Miami Beach. I was very impressed by the 5K. I feel like a lot of times these 5Ks tacked on to marathon weekends seem like an afterthought compared to the longer races but this would be a great stand alone 5K. There is a very helpful athlete guide which made race day go smoothly. Luckily you can pick up your packets for the 5K either at the expo Friday or the day of the race. I took Friday off and was initially planning to take the earliest flight and get to Miami around noon on Friday and get my packet at the expo. However there was a large snowstorm from Wednesday evening to Friday morning so I changed to a later flight and crossed my fingers this wouldn’t be the second weekend in a row where I wasn’t able to do a race due to canceled flights (last weekend I was supposed to do Big Beach but my flight was cancelled and I couldn’t make it – it ended up being fortuitous as an extra week rest allowed my foot to completely heal and Big Beach let me defer to next year). Luckily while my initial morning flight was canceled, my afternoon flight made it to Miami in the evening but too late to go to the expo on Friday. On Saturday morning, they had suggested parking structures near the finish line and you then took shuttles to the start. Shuttle was very smooth except no one except the bus driver and like one runner other than me was wearing a mask. I wish they had a mask requirement on the shuttle but it was a quick drive. At the start line you can pick up your bib. I was relieved they had you just get the bib at the start and the shirt and rest of swag was at the finish line. The start had an announcer, plenty of porta potties and was relatively smooth except I wish they had corrals or suggested paces as there were a lot of people walking in groups to weave around. The course was really nice over the causeway and pancake flat. My GPS said 7 feet of elevation. There were mile markers and a water stop just before mile 2. It was lovely to run by palm trees and cruise ships. However it was 80 degrees and humid which was great for my short vacation to escape from the snow but not the best running condition. Especially given I was deconditioned and hadn’t run in 3 weeks and in the past 5 weeks my only run was the Louisiana marathon, this was a tough 5K for me and I actually had to stop and walk a bit. It was fine though I wasn’t expecting to PR and I just enjoyed the scenery and the heat. At the finish line you are given water and gatorade and a medal. The medal is very nice and the right size for a 5K. I then went to pick up my shirt and you also get a bag with a few samples included the important granola bar. The shirt is very neon. It’s nice and tech quality but a little too bright. I will definitely wear it on night runs though. There are places for brunch near the finish line and it is close to the beach. Overall this was a nice 5K and a good start to the weekend. The half marathon/marathon goes by the same portion of the course so I wouldn’t say it is a must run 5K if you are doing a longer race as you will see it again but it was a nice add on to the weekend.

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