Miami Marathon

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Miami Marathon
Miami Marathon Start Line.jpg
Start line in front of Freedom Tower in 2015
DateJanuary or February
LocationMiami, Florida
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, half marathon
Established2003 (18 years ago) (2003) (current era)
Official sitewww.themiamimarathon.com

The Miami Marathon is an annual marathon racing event hosted by Miami, Florida, since 2003. The marathon course also runs through the city of Miami Beach, Florida. The 42.195-kilometre (26.219 mi) race is typically run on the last Sunday in January or the first Sunday in February, at approximately 6:10 am. The event also includes a half marathon, and a wheelchair division for both races.[a] Marathon finish times can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Celebrities or local politicians typically start the race. Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic marathon champion, and Ryan Hall, winner of the marathon event in the 2008 United States Olympic Trials, have been previously given this honor.

The average temperature at the start of the race for the years 2003-2007 was 63.4 °F (17.4 °C).

Life Time Fitness produces this event.

History[edit]

Orange Bowl Marathon
DateUsually January
LocationMiami, Florida
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon
Established1977 (44 years ago) (1977)

Orange Bowl era[edit]

The inaugural Orange Bowl Marathon, established as part of the annual King Orange Jamboree, was held on December 26, 1977, with over 800 participants.[1][2]

Originally the race had started and finished in the Orange Bowl stadium but after issues with the course the start and finish moved to the Crandon Park.[3] The marathon was never as popular as other races in the racing calendar and had trouble attracting athletes.[4] Eventually financial problems caused the event fold.[5]

The last Orange Bowl Marathon that the Association of Road Racing Statisticians has record of was held in 1988.[6]

Current era[edit]

The inaugural race was held on February 2, 2003.

The race has been growing over the years. In 2010, 18,321 runners took part in the combined races. For the 10 year anniversary in 2012 the race sold out at 25,000 runners and has continued to reach that number of participants since.

The 2021 edition of the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. with all registrants given the option of running the race virtually, transferring their entry to 2022, or obtaining a refund (less any processing fees).[7][8]

Course[edit]

External image
image icon Course map of full marathon in 2017[9]

Beginning on Biscayne Boulevard next to the American Airlines Arena (home of the Miami Heat), the course takes runners eastbound on the MacArthur Causeway, past cruise ships docked at the Port of Miami, to South Beach. From there, competitors travel northbound along the famous Ocean Drive, through the City of Miami Beach, and then westbound along the Venetian Causeway and back to the mainland and the City of Miami. Here, the Miami Half Marathon finishes and the full marathon continues southbound through the financial district, Brickell, into Coconut Grove, out the Rickenbacker Causeway towards Key Biscayne, and then back through Brickell and downtown Miami to complete the 42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi) at Bayfront Park.

Athletes With Disabilities[edit]

Through partnership with Achilles International the Miami Marathon host a division for athletes with disabilities. Sub-divisions include push-rim and hand crank wheelchairs. In 2014 Maickel Melamed, who has muscular dystrophy, finished the race in just under seven hours. He began his race at 4:00 am accompanied by his team and a police escort.

Winners[edit]

Orange Bowl era[edit]

Year Men Time Women Time Rf.
1977 Pat Chmiel 2:24:20 Jane Killian 2:54:13 [1][2][10]
1978 not held[b] [6]
1979 Stan Curran 2:19:12 Gayle Olinek 2:55:08
1980 Ken Misner 2:18:31 Dorthe Rasmussen 2:40:35
1981 Benji Durden 2:12:33 Carol Gould 2:41:39
1982 Dave Long 2:12:16.8 Charlotte Teske 2:29:01.6 [12][13]
1983 Bill Rodgers 2:15:07 Monika Lovinich 2:35:16
1984 Tommy Persson 2:13:26 Joelle de Brouwer 2:44:41
1985 Jimmy Ashworth 2:18:49 Jan Yerkes 2:41:31 [14][15]
1986 Bernard Bobes 2:21:26 Shirley Silsby 2:53:18
1987 John Boyes 2:23:22 Jan Yerkes 2:52:00 [16][17]
1988 Dennis Rinde 2:23:19 Maureen Hurst 2:50:32 [18]
Source: "Race On The Rise New Sponsor Puts Orange Bowl Marathon On The Road To New Life". Sun Sentenel. Sun Sentenel. January 9, 1987. Retrieved September 12, 2015.

Current era[edit]

Year Men Time Women Time Rf.
2003 David Ruto 2:12:22 Volga Yudziankova 2:40:23
2004 William Gomez Amorin 2:14:42 Stacie Alboucrek 2:42:32
2005 Elias Rodrigues Bastos 2:17:24 Sandra Ruales Mosquera 2:37:00
2006 Ruben Garcia Gomez 2:18:15 Hiromi Ominami 2:34:11
2007 Teshome Gelana 2:17:51 Ramilla Burangulova 2:40:22 [19]
2008 Jose Garcia 2:17:43 Kelly Liljeblad 2:47:13 [20]
2009 Benazzouz Slimani 2:16:49 Michele Suskek 2:43:31 [21]
2010 Michael Wardian 2:28:39 Brett Ely 2:45:36 [22]
2011 Tesfaye Alemayehu 2:12:57 Alena Vinitskaya 2:44:38 [23]
2012 Samuel Malakwen 2:16:55 Raquel Maraviglia 2:41:39 [24]
2013 Luis Carlos Rivero González 2:26:14 Mariska Kramer 2:46:07
2014 Samuel Malakwen 2:19:46 Mariska Kramer 2:49:28
2015 Luis Carlos Rivero González 2:20:47 Alemnesh Ashetu Habtemikael 2:39:31
2016 Benazzouz Slimani 2:24:56 Allison Kieffer 2:55:30
2017 Christopher Zablocki 2:18:15 Marta Ayela 2:40:51
2018 Hillary Too 2:23:03 Lyubov Denisova 2:40:54
2019 Ezekiel Kipsang 2:16:36 Kate Landau 2:37:48
2020 Saidi Juma Makula 2:21:59 Aydee Loayza Huaman 2:46:52 [25][26]
2021 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic [7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The half marathon is started concurrently, while the wheelchair division begins 5–10 minutes before the footrace.
  2. ^ The marathon was initially held with the annual King Orange Jamboree, and although the inaugural race was held on December 26, 1977, subsequent marathons from 1979 to 1988 were held in January or February.[1][2][6][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c https://web.archive.org/web/20200610232123if_/https://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2105&context=student_newspaper#page=5
  2. ^ a b c https://web.archive.org/web/20201212103657/https://www.arrs.run/MaraList/ML_1977.htm
  3. ^ "Miami Marathon Opens Season For Road Races". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando Sentinel. January 9, 1987. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "Orange Bowl Marathon sets course for prestige". St Petersburg Independent. St Petersburg Independent. January 2, 1984. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  5. ^ Sharon Robb (January 9, 1986). "Ob Marathon Battles Money Woes". Sun Sentenel. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Orange Bowl Marathon". Association of Road Racing Statisticians. ARRS. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  7. ^ a b https://archive.is/20201212085543/https://www.themiamimarathon.com/2021-cancellation/
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20201028104800/https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/article246345055.html
  9. ^ https://archive.is/20201212135748/http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/outdoors/article129379899.html
  10. ^ https://archive.is/20201212094728/https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1987-01-09-8701020607-story.html
  11. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20201212112148/https://www.arrs.run/MaraList/ML_1978.htm
  12. ^ Dave Long at Power of 10
  13. ^ https://archive.is/20201212115122/https://more.arrs.run/race/13044
  14. ^ Jimmy Ashworth at Power of 10
  15. ^ https://archive.is/20201212115526/https://more.arrs.run/race/14370
  16. ^ "Orange Bowl results 1987". ARRS. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  17. ^ Sharon Robb (January 11, 1987). "Mailman Delivers Ob Win It's A Slow Marathon, But Boyes Alone At End". Sun Sentinel.
  18. ^ "Orange Bowl results 1988". ARRS. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  19. ^ https://archive.is/20201212131726/https://www.athlinks.com/event/3294/results/Event/9218/Course/13393/Results
  20. ^ https://archive.is/20201212131855/https://www.athlinks.com/event/3294/results/Event/19623/Course/386015/Results
  21. ^ https://archive.is/20201212131912/https://www.athlinks.com/event/3294/results/Event/60672/Course/91396/Results
  22. ^ https://archive.is/20201212131928/https://www.athlinks.com/event/3294/results/Event/111884/Course/153359/Results
  23. ^ https://archive.is/20201212131948/https://www.athlinks.com/event/3294/results/Event/153385/Course/163954/Results
  24. ^ https://archive.is/20201212132009/https://www.athlinks.com/event/3294/results/Event/153461/Course/210785/Results
  25. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20201117031213/https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/article239929853.html

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