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We know new things can be scary. Don’t worry! Team Friendship will be at your side every step of the way. We’ll be more overprotective than a first-time mom at preschool orientation day.
Pre-Race Party Bring All. The. Energy! Load up on dinner, hear personal stories from Friendship Circle members and get pumped for an incredible run!
Sunday Morning: Race day! Start your morning with some pre-race fuel and last-minute stretching before heading to the starting line with your team family. Stop to say hi to friends and fans and grab some swag and drinks at the Team Friendship cheer spot!
Alongside 15,000 fellow Miami LIFETIME Marathon runners, Team Friendship will conquer mile after mile of famous Miami tropical views! Friends, family, and thousands of fans will line up along the 13.1/26.2 miles of roadways filled with inspiring sights and sounds to cheer you on.
See below for general race day information.
The Marathon start line is located at 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131
To get through the start line, participants will be able to use walkways until they close at 6:00 a.m.
The 13.1/26.2-mile course starts and finishes in the same general area. The race will start heading north in front of the American Airlines Arena.
Gear check is located at the finish line, on Biscayne Blvd., three blocks south of the start line, on the north end of Bayfront Park.
Please use the clear bag provided at packet pickup. Place your bib number sticker on the bag which was provided with your registration packet. Make sure your belongings are well-marked with your contact information. The Miami LIFETIME Marathon is NOT responsible for damaged or lost items. NO BACKPACKS PERMITTED.
The finish line is located at 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).
After finishing the race, celebrate with friends and family at the Team Friendship charity tent located just past the finishing line.
A medical unit will be located at the start line for your safety. Please look for medical personnel in red T-shirts if you need assistance. Water/Gatorade stations will be located on both sides of the start line area. All Medical personnel will be wearing a green T-shirt for easy recognition and will be on hand before, during, and after the race handling everything from blisters, bandages, cramps, compresses, and any other bumps along the way.
The main medical station will be located at the FINISH line in from of Bayfront park with Baptist Medical plazas available at the start and finish lines, as well as numerous aid stations throughout the course.
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.
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.
In order to comply with city permits, the roads will reopen in a graduated fashion. We require that participants be properly prepared and trained to complete the full marathon (26.2 miles) within 6 hours (14 min/mile pace). However, the full marathon finish line will remain open for 7 hours (16 min/mile pace). Please note that after the 6-hour pace, participant support (e.g. aid and water stations, volunteers, course marshals, clocks, etc.) is NOT guaranteed, 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.
Full Marathon participants must reach the 12.8-mile mark within 3:15 in order to be allowed to continue.
Marathon cutoff policy summary:
3:15 for 12.8-mile checkpoint
6 hours (14 min/mile) for the course (with streets closed)
7 hours (16 min/mile) for the finish line (using sidewalks, curbside, etc.)
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.