Start line in front of Freedom Tower in 2015
|Date||January or February|
|Distance||Marathon, half marathon|
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.
|Orange Bowl Marathon|
Orange Bowl era
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. The marathon was never as popular as other races in the racing calendar and had trouble attracting athletes. Eventually financial problems caused the event fold.
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).
|Course map of full marathon in 2017|
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
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.
Orange Bowl era
|1977||Pat Chmiel||2:24:20||Jane Killian||2:54:13|||
|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|||
|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|||
|1986||Bernard Bobes||2:21:26||Shirley Silsby||2:53:18|
|1987||John Boyes||2:23:22||Jan Yerkes||2:52:00|||
|1988||Dennis Rinde||2:23:19||Maureen Hurst||2:50:32|||
- 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.
- The half marathon is started concurrently, while the wheelchair division begins 5–10 minutes before the footrace.
- 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.
- "Miami Marathon Opens Season For Road Races". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando Sentinel. January 9, 1987. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
- "Orange Bowl Marathon sets course for prestige". St Petersburg Independent. St Petersburg Independent. January 2, 1984. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
- Sharon Robb (January 9, 1986). "Ob Marathon Battles Money Woes". Sun Sentenel. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
- "Orange Bowl Marathon". Association of Road Racing Statisticians. ARRS. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
- Dave Long at Power of 10
- Jimmy Ashworth at Power of 10
- "Orange Bowl results 1987". ARRS. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
- Sharon Robb (January 11, 1987). "Mailman Delivers Ob Win It's A Slow Marathon, But Boyes Alone At End". Sun Sentinel.
- "Orange Bowl results 1988". ARRS. Retrieved September 12, 2015.