Miami Marathon & Half Marathon
Miami, FL USA
Sunday February 2, 2014

ING Miami Marathon Information

The ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon have become a South Florida tradition. This race, held at the beginning of the year, brings more than 20,000 runners together annually to take part in the run. As one of the fastest growing marathons in the country, this marathon has seen increases in registration as high as 20 percent a year.

The ING Miami Marathon began in 2003 and continues to grow every year, attracting some of the country's most elite runners. ING Miami Marathon alumni include Olympians Ryan Hall and Frank Shorter.

Runners of this marathon start at the American Airlines Arena and continue past the Port of Miami and down iconic South Beach to end at Bayfront Park. This well thought out route gives runners and Spectators fabulous views of tropical Miami's most famous landmarks.

If you have never completed a marathon before, the ING Miami Marathon website has an online training program for the marathon, half marathon or a 5K. These programs guide you through an 8 to 18-week preparation course that will get you in shape for the big day.

Everyone who finishes the ING Miami Marathon is awarded a medal that features a unique design. Each age group also provides additional awards for its top five finishers, according to b-Tags. The top three finishers in each Elite category are also awarded cash prizes. These tags track your time from the moment you cross the start line, not from the time the starting gun is sounded.

A portion of proceeds from the ING Miami Marathon is donated to a variety of local, national and international charities every year. Past recipients include Art Studio Miami, Autism Speaks, the Diabetes Research Institute, The Kakuma Project, Help Inc., and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, among others.

Because Miami is such a populated tourist destinations, there are plenty of great hotels to stay in within close proximity of the marathon route.

Miami has plenty to offer the days leading up to and following the marathon as well. This city is known for it's nationally acclaimed restaurants, miles of beaches, and nightclub hot spots. Whether you choose to run in the marathon or cheer others on as a spectator, it is an experience you are sure to enjoy.