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Miami Marathon

Miami, FL

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, January 29, 2017
2016: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 68°F (20°C)
Average High: 77°F (25°C)
Average Low: 59° F (15°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.12
Course Score: 99.53

Race Size

2016: 3,065 Finishers
2015: 2,749 Finishers
2014: 3,541 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 7.7%
2015: 6.8%
2014: 4.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**Slight course change for 2016 Miami Marathon**

Runners will now return to Miami from Miami Beach via the MacArthur Causeway instead of Venetian Way.

Although the Miami Marathon course is very flat, the average race day temperatures and humidity can slow down those seeking PRs in this marathon. The course is a flat single loop course through Miami, Coconut Grove, and Miami Beach. The only elevation changes on the course are the causeways and bridges.

The largest of the bridges comes less than a mile into the race and is about 35 feet above sea level - highest elevation on the course.

At 2.5 miles a bridge that brings the marathon to Miami Beach is steeper, but lower than the first bridge.

At approximately miles 7.5 and 10.5, runners will encounter the same inclines running back towards Miami on the MacArthur Causeway.

At the 25.9 mile mark there is one more small drawbridge as runners close in on the finish.

Marathon Rankings

The Miami Marathon was the 25th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 25th largest in 2014.

This year 7.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Miami Marathon the 318th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 256th highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.53 ranks it as the 83rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 11th fastest course in Florida.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Miami Marathon a PR Score of 97.12. This PR Score ranks it as the 322nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 15th fastest in Florida.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 35 feet (10m)
Min Elevation: 1 feet (0m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Miami Marathon

4.5 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2016 Miami Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2011 Miami Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I ran this race on an unusually cool day which certainly helped. If you get lucky though it's a fast course and perfect for a PR.

Race Tips

Expect some heat. Miami's probably going to be warmer than most places at the end of January. The course is essentially flat but don't get caught up with the half-marathoners kicking to the finish just before you turn off at 12.8 miles. Get into a groove and enjoy the solitude in the second half.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

If you stay at the Intercontinental you're right by the finish line. Otherwise try to stay at one of the hotels on Brickell Ave downtown and you'll just have a short walk to the start.

Finish Time Equivalent

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