Distance: 26.20 mi
Type: Loop/Out-and-back, Road
Difficulty: 3 / 10
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Address: PO Box 56-1081, Miami, FL33256
Filed Under: Running
The Official Race Program describes the course as follows:
"A morning start in front of American Airlines Arena welcomes 10,000 runners to the "Majic City". Standing under Miami's "Statue of Liberty", the Freedom Tower, runners wait with eager expectation excitement until the starting gun fires and waves of runners hit the streets.
Climbing the only major elevation on the course, runners experience panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and the skyines of Miami and Miami Beach. Crossing the causeway, cruise ships pass alongside runners as they run past luxurious mansions on Star Island, home of P. Diddy and others. The neon of Ocean Drive looms as Miami Beach approaches.
On South Beach, runners dash by world famous Joe's Stone Crab then turn onto Ocean Drive. As the sun rises over Art Deco hotels, runners will witness late night partygoers cheering them outside the clubs on Washington Avenue. In sharp contrast to the vivid life on SoBe, runners pass a large copper hand standing solemn at the Holocaust Memorial as a tribute to victims of the World War II tragedy.
Leaving the beach, runners stride on water through the lush chain of islands known as the Venetian Isles. Runners return to the Majic City directly past the newly built Miami Center for Performing Arts, a cultural centerpiece of Miami. Passing the 24-hour club district of Downtown, runners will see the Gesu Church, Miami's first Catholic parish and racially-integrated school. At this point, half-marathoners will split towards the finish line at Bayfront Park.
The full marathon continues past the Miami River under shadows of skyscrapers, where Calle Ocho (8th St.) serves as a centerpiece for the Latin culture of Miami. This point marks a transition from urban running to the residential views of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove, under the shade of Poinciana trees.
In the Grove, runners will see Miami's oldest homes built Bahamian Style in the early 1900's. This trendy hotspot has become popular because of its outdoor cafes and relaxed night life. It's also one of the favorite running routes for locals who take advantgage of the wide sidewalk for long training runs. The Barnacle, Miami's oldest home and a State of Florida historic site, is also nestled among the trees and cafes in Coconut Grove.
The final stretch on Brickell is a straight shot through the "Wall Street of the South". Crossing the Miami Avenue Bridge, runners can see the Miami Circle, a 2,000 year old link to Miami's Tequesta Indian pioneers. Around the corner, the rumble of thousands of spectators can be heard as runners cross the finish line at Bayfront Park, marking the end of a run through paradise.
From start to finish, the race course delivers an unforgetable experience for both first-timers and those coming to repeat their previous excursions. As you can see, every mile enchants with awe-inspiring views for the eyes to feast on. We invite you to let your imagination to run wild.The Final Instructions for the 2006 Miami Marathon gave the following instructions for driving into downtown Miami:
"To avoid delays due to road closures please follow these directions to arrive in downtown Miami. These directions will get you to the downtown area adjacent to the start line at American Airlines. Parking facilities will be available throughout this area.
DO NOT USE BRICKELL AVENUE BRIDGE
From the North:
I-95 South to Exit 3B (old 5A), which is NW 8th Street. Go left onto NW 8th Street. Take 8th Street east into downtown.
From the South:
I-95 north to NW 2nd Street. Go north to NW 5th Street and towards Biscayne Boulevard.
From westbound on MacArthur Causeway (I-395):
Exit at Biscayne Blvd. Go south into downtown.
From eastbound on SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway):
Exit on NE 2nd Ave. Go south into downtown