Every year, we pay tribute to the star of the show — the course. Mile after mile, the tropical views and sounds help propel runners to the finish line. Be on the lookout for sights on the course that you might recognize from a hit TV show or movie. Many of those hot spots are actually part of this incredible course!
About The Course
- The course is a USTAF-certified, flat, single-loop and Boston-qualifying course*.
- There are several bridges along the course with a very slight incline.
- 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 half marathon finisher’s medal.
- Please line up in the Start Line area according to your corral listed on your race bib.
- NEW Back of the Pack vehicle – Chiva bus!
*More information on Boston qualification standards.
Garmin is a proud sponsor of the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon presented by cbdMD. Download the official Marathon, Half Marathon & Tropical 5k race course to your compatible Garmin device.
Half Marathon Course
Tropical 5K Course
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.
Rickenbacker: 6:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Coconut Grove Area: 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 – the MacArthur Causeway – (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. 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. This span is essentially flat with a small incline on the last portion of the causeway.
- At the 13.1-mile mark there’s a drawbridge that gives you an incredible view of the Miami River, but isn’t too tall of a bridge.
- At the 25.7-mile mark you go over a drawbridge for a bit of a challenge toward the end of your on-course journey but as you go up, you’ll begin to hear the cheers and the pumping music of the Finish Line.
Runners have been pre-assigned a Start Line corral which is indicated on your bib number. Corrals will be labeled by large signs. Match the letter on your bib to the letter of your corral. Varying time gaps will be used between each corral, closely resembling a wave start format.
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.
Bag Check is located three blocks south of the Start Line, right past the Bayside Marketplace. The clear bag provided at race kit pickup must be used. See the Bag Check section below for more information.
Participants will be able to use Start Line walkways to access their corral until 15 minutes before their estimated start time.
A medical unit will be located at the start line for your safety. Please look for medical personnel in yellow T-shirts if you need assistance. Water stations will be located on both sides of the start line area.
Port-o-lets and facilities will be located towards the front and back of the Start line and inside the American Airlines Arena (no bags permitted). Two ADA restrooms will be located at 8th St. and Biscayne Boulevard.
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 (intersection of Biscayne & E. Flagler Street).
Assistance to the Finish
Transport back to the finish line will be provided for runners unable to complete the race. A runner follow-up bus/van will be available throughout the course at the back of the pack. The Finish Line is on Biscayne Boulevard (between SE 1st St. and Flagler St.) and will remain open until 2:00 p.m.
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 yellow 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.
Port-o-lets will be offered in designated areas within the park. ADA restrooms will be located at the Finish Line at the entrance to Bayfront Park (Flagler & Biscayne Blvd).
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 Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon Athlete Services 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 areas. Baptist Health South Florida will make sure runners are provided with top-notch first aid care.
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Endurance Formula + Energy Gels
Gatorade Endurance is a portfolio of products created specifically for endurance athletes who are training and racing for prolonged periods of time when fluid and electrolyte losses can be significant. Gatorade Endurance Formula and Energy Gels help deliver critical fluids and nutrients to get you through the Life Time Miami Marathon. We’ll have Lemon-Lime Endurance Formula on-course at all aid-stations, and both caffeinated Energy Gels (Strawberry and Lemon-Ginger) and non-caffeinated Energy Gels (Blackberry, Mango, Apple Pear, and Vanilla) available at approximately miles 8 and 15.5. Learn more about the Gatorade Endurance line of products at www.GatoradeEndurance.com
Chiquita bananas will be available at the Omni Cheer Station (approx. mile 11) and Dole fruit cups for the Marathon at mile 23.
Port-o-let restrooms will be present throughout the course about every mile to a mile and a half. ADA accessible restrooms will be located as follows:
Start (2) – 8th St. & Biscayne Boulevard
Finish (4) – Flagler & Biscayne at Bayfront Park
Medical Tent at Finish (2)
Ocean Drive (1)
NE 15th St. (2)
Rickenbacker Causeway (2)
S. Miami Ave (2)
Tigertail Ave (1)
*Information and locations are subject to change.
In order to comply with event permits as per municipal requirements, the roads will reopen to vehicular traffic and bridges will resume normal operation in a graduated manner. We require that participants be properly prepared and trained to complete the full marathon (26.2 miles/42 KM) within 7 hours (16 minutes per mile pace or 10 minutes per KM) from the time the Start Line corrals clear (~7 AM).
Please note: The Full Marathon Finish Line will remain open for 7 hours and the Half Marathon Finish Line for 4 hours from the time from the time the Start Line corrals clear (approximately 7 AM). Medals and official finish times will be given to all finishers who complete the FULL Marathon within 7 hours, and the HALF Marathon within 4 hours.
Marathon participants must reach the 12.8-mile mark within 3.5 hours in order to be allowed to continue, at which point participants will be encouraged to finish the half marathon.
Marathon cutoff policy summary:
- 3.5 hours for checkpoint
- 7 hours (16 minutes per mile or 10 minutes per KM) for the course and finish line.
There is no separate course cutoff from the finish line cutoff. Once the back of the pack vehicle has caught up to you, your race is completed.
Assistance to the Finish
Transport to the Finish Line will be provided for runners unable to complete the race. A runner follow-up vehicle will be available throughout the course at the back of the pack – NEW for 2020, the vehicle will be a Chiva bus! (See below.) The Finish Line is on Biscayne Boulevard (between SE 1st St. and Flagler St.). Once the Chiva has reached you we ask that you please get on.
Please note that after the 7-hour pace, participant support (e.g. aid and water stations, volunteers, course marshals, clocks, medical assistance, cross street protection, etc.) will not be available, and you will be required to adhere to local pedestrian rules (move to curbsides, break down lanes, sidewalks, etc.). Medals and official finish times will be given to all finishers who complete the race within 7 hours.
*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.
All race information is subject to change.
Don’t get caught by the Chiva!
NEW for 2020, our back of the pack vehicle will be a Rumbachiva bus! If you’re on-course and see this bus coming up behind you, it means you need to pick up the pace or you must board the Chiva as your race will be over at that point.
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 and tie the Gear Check tear-tab from your bib to the clear bag before arriving at the Gear Check tent. Ensure your belongings are well-marked and double-check that your contact information is correct. 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 marathon without offering Miami-style entertainment. In fact, you will be hitting over 20 entertainment stations along your journey in 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.