What do you think of when someone says Miami? Maybe it's beaches, sunshine, celebrities or excellent food. (Maybe it's all of those things!) But, did you know it's a popular race-cation destination?
And why not? It never snows in Miami. And the sights and sounds are excellent! There's everything from alligators in Everglades National Park to historic architecture in the Art Deco District. It's a fascinating area.
The 305 Half Marathon and 5K (formerly 13.1 Miami Beach) is perfect for a running vacation. This year the races are on March 4th. Let's take a look at the race course.
Tour the City While You #RunMiami
The 305 Half Marathon begins and ends on historic Ocean Drive in South Beach. I love South Beach. It's beautiful to look at, plus you can find the most delicious food!
The race begins on the beach with views of the water and all the restaurants on Ocean Drive. Ahh, I can feel those balmy ocean breezes now.
The race course moves north from South Beach through town. Many buildings have a fun art deco vibe. You'll have a street-level view of some beautiful homes. You'll see the lush green Miami Beach Golf Course on your way to the bridge.
It's All Foot Traffic on the Causeway
On the Julia Tuttle Causeway there will be beautiful blue water on either side of you. Running across the bridge is fun without cars! I don't know about you, but I always enjoy running where I can't on a normal day.
Wynwood Walls and Doors
After exiting the causeway, runners head south on 2nd Ave NE for a couple of miles. This part of the course takes you past the Wynwood neighborhood.
It's a converted warehouse district known for graffiti, funky galleries, breweries, bistros and bars. It's an outdoor mural museum! Make a plan to spend time here before or after your race. It will recharge your creative juices.
Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island
Next, you'll run away from Miami — back across the water on the Macarthur Causeway. You'll see giant cruise ships in the port. On the north side of the causeway is Palm Island. You'll exit the causeway and follow the paved South Point Park Bayway along Biscayne Bay with views of Fisher Island.
South Beach, Lummus Park
The course turns north, then takes a jog onto Ocean Drive for the last mile. The finish line is in Lummus Park on South Beach. Did I mention that I love South Beach? There you'll receive your medal and enjoy a post-race beach party.
305 Half Marathon and 5K Race Amenities
There are a lot of amenities and perks built into this event! First, there's the weather! The average temperature in Miami during March is 74 degrees.
When you register for 305 Half Marathon and 5K you'll receive a tech shirt, beautiful medal, and a fully supported raced course. (There are 11 aid stations for the half marathon.)
Here's everything you get when you run:
To Recap: Register. Run. Race-cation!
The views and vibe are awesome in the 305! During the race you'll see the city in a new way. After the race there's so much more to see and do.
Miami and Miami Beach offer more than beautiful beaches. Botanical Gardens. Art Galleries. Fine Food. Museums. Street Art. Music. Little Havana. Little Haiti. Sightseeing Cruises.
Check out this list of the ten best things to do in Miami.
Use My Discount Code for the 305 Half!
The race is on March 4, 2018. Make your plans and "do it like a local" at the 305 Half Marathon & 5K. Use my code: BIBRAVEMB18 when you register and you'll SAVE $5 on the half marathon.
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