Thousands of runners will take to the streets in the Miami Marathon

18,000 athletes will tour the streets of downtown Miami, Miami Beach and Coconut Grove

Thousands of participants from all over the world will take part this Sunday in the twenty-first edition of the Miami Life Time Marathon along a journey of 42 kilometers and in the half marathon of 21 kilometers that will cover the main avenues of this city in the southeastern United States.

The organization of the event announced that the tickets to participate in a competition that introduces news regarding past tests have already been sold out.

The high influx of runners was favored by United States Track and Field Federation (USTAF) certification and because it is a test that qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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“It’s something that everyone who runs or walks wants to experience every year,” he said. Frankie Ruiz, co-founder of the Life Time Miami Marathon about high participation.

The organization announced that will include in this edition a category for non-binary athletesthat is, they do not fully identify as a man or a woman.

“This step puts an exclamation point on our commitment to full inclusion,” said Life Time Miami Marathon Marketing Director Nicole Bostick.

Those responsible for the Life Time Miami Marathon specified that the non-binary category will also be recognized in the Half Marathon, so “Fourteen non-binary runners will be among the 18,000 athletes who will walk the streets of downtown Miami, Miami Beach and Coconut Grove.

In this context, Bostick pointed out that the objective of the organization with the creation of this category is to “reflect the diversity of society, including runners of all ages, abilities, cultures and more.”

“We attract runners from all over the world and it is important that everyone feels at home when they come to run in Miami,” he added.

The popular marathon “aligns” thus, he noted, with other major races in the United States, including the Boston, New York and Chicago marathons.

It is a commitment, the organization stressed, to provide “more opportunities in sports for athletes of all identities” of gender, since trans runners “have been able to participate in athletic competitions for a long time, but until recently gender options were limited to men or women.”

The 2023 edition included as novelties the “Life Time Diaper Derby” for 25 babies from 6 to 12 months of age, which was held on Friday at the Miami Famous Expo, in the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The Life Time Diaper Derby, a competition for babies between 6 and 12 months of age, part of the Miami Marathon.
The “Life Time Diaper Derby” for 25 babies ages 6 to 12 months was held Friday at the Miami Famous Expo

Murals painted by local artist Luis Valle will adorn the walls.s of various local shopping malls such as Sunset Place in South Miami, Midtown Shops, Aventura Mall in North Miami Beach and City Place Doral.

In addition, all runners will be adorned with Valle’s art on both the Marathon and Half Marathon finisher medals.

The runners who participate in the test cThey will start in downtown Miami in front of the Arena, home of the Miami Heatand will travel through the MacArthur Causeway to Miami Beach before descending the iconic Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue to cross back towards the center of the city on the Venetian Causeway bridges.

The runners will continue their route through central areas such as Brickell, Key Biscayne and Coconut Grove, before turning back towards the Bayfront Park finish line.

Miami marathon course

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