2018 Miami Marathon and Half Marathon
The Miami Half Marathon has certainly become a favorite for runners throughout the world. Many come to Miami for the course as it is fast and dramatically inspiring. Runners of the Miami Half Marathon will start together with their friends running the Miami Marathon and then they will finish at the same Finish Line. The only deviation occurs in the last 800 meters of the race.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
- 5:50 AM (EST) wheelchair marathon participants
- 6:00 AM (EST) marathon participants
The start line
601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131
The 13.1-mile course starts and finishes in the same general area. The race will start heading north in front of 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 line (Biscayne & E. Flagler Street).
The course is the same as the full marathon with the exception for the last 800 meters where half marathoners will split from the full marathoners. Please look for volunteers and signs that indicate the turn off point shortly after Mile 12.
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 green 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.
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 28th during the Miami 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.
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).
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.
Other Important Course Details:
- The course is a USTAF-certified, flat, single-loop 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.
- ChronoTrack mats will be placed at the start, 10K and finish line.
- Several digital clocks at the finish line will display unofficial times.
- The 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.
Watching a friend or family member running in the Miami Marathon & Half Marathon is easier than you think! Your runner will follow the course while you take shortcuts to get to your next viewing location before your runner does. However, since the objective here is to both see and be seen, you’ll need to work out a few details beforehand.
1. Make your very own, unique signs that your runner can easily identify.
2. Know your marathoner’s expected pace per mile. Once you know this, you can pick up a pace band at the Total Health & Fitness Expo presented by the Miami Herald & El Nuevo Herald. Consult the pace band and course map to find out at what time your runner will be at the different spots on the course to determine when to be at the Cheer Zone and back at the finish line to catch a glimpse of your marathoner or half marathoner.
Sign up for race day athlete updates:
- Chronotrack Updates (COMING SOON)
To see the actual finish, all you need is to get to Bayfront Park. Bleachers will be provided for our spectators and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The bleachers are located just South of the finish line.
Baptist Health South Florida Cheer Stations
What can you expect?
- Signs you can customize for your favorite runner
- Thunder sticks and other noise makers to “turbo boost” runners to the finish line
- Pace bands to estimate the time your runner will run by the Cheering Zone
- Emcee and live entertainment to keep you dancing in the streets and cheering for joy
Miami Beach – Washington and 11th Street
Runners rock their run with tunes from our live DJ while they re-hydrate.
Omni/Downtown area – Northeast 15th and Biscayne Blvd
Hours of Operation: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
From downtown take the Metromover’s Omni loop to Omni Station. Exit the train and you are there (approximately a 5 minute ride).
Our live band keeps runners moving while they refuel on delicious fresh pineapple snacks.
Brickell Medical Plaza – 2660 Brickell Avenue
The sounds of more music and another round of fresh pineapple snacks pushes participants to the finish.
We can’t wait to see everyone out there!