• Juan J. Arrieta

Top 3 reasons why I signed up for the Miami Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Miami Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro by going to https://www.bibrave.com/bibravepro. Find more race reviews like this one at www.bibrave.com.

The Miami Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, Feburary 9th, 2020.

Unique and fun Expo

When I ran this race last year, this was such an awesome, enjoyable aspect of the experience. There was a large variety of vendors, carrying a big variety of colorful and interesting styles of merchandise. There were also many booths with representatives of races from all over Latin America, such as Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

On top of that, there were plenty of other fun aspects we experienced, such as a giant floor map of the course for marathon and half marathon routes, and a group of samba/carnival dancers and drummers who made their way throughout the Expo floor in full carnival style in the middle of the afternoon.

I truly don't know how the organizers are planning to top and improve on last year's Expo because it was truly memorable for me, but it wouldn't surprise me one bit if they manage to impress me once again.

Scenic and fun course

I ran this race last year and one of the things I enjoyed the most was its course scenery. Within the first mile, the course goes onto the MacArthur Causeway and crosses the beautiful Biscayne Bay. So literally from the beginning, the race was extremely enjoyable with great, open views and plenty of space and room to run on despite there being over 20,000 runners combined between the full and half marathon races.

Not once did I feel that that there were too many runners around me or found it difficult to hit the pace and stride that I wanted to be in. After crossing Biscayne Bay, the course enters South Beach, full of streets lined with colorful buildings and tall palm trees everywhere. There are clear markings and plenty of support from beginning to end, with frequent hydration stations, port-a-potties, and medical tents, staffed by friendly and eager volunteers.

The bulk of the course is also flat and fast. There are definitely a number of slight inclines with the bridges crossing Biscayne Bay going to and coming back from Miami Beach, but truly nothing to stress or worry about at all. Along the way there are a number of bands playing music and plenty of people cheering runners on. This is particularly true over the last couple of miles and you see excitement build up all around you as you approach the final 2-3 blocks and finish line.

Visiting family and meeting fellow BibRave Pros

My wife and I have a lot of family in Miami and we enjoy visiting and spending time with them anytime we have a chance. So having the opportunity to run a great race like this while getting to see family is a great combination which makes the trip even sweeter.

On top of that, it is always a unique experience to have the opportunity to not only meet but also run an awesome event like the Miami Marathon with other BibRave Pros. We generally interact with one another quite a bit on social media, such as during our monthly Twitter BibChats. However, it is not often that we get to meet face-to-face and run together, as we live literally all over the world, so being able to experience this with some of them will definitely make it a special weekend for me.

Sign-up info

Interested, but haven't signed up yet? You're still in time to do so! Simply click on the following link: www.themiamimarathon.com to check out additional details about this race and register. As a bonus, you can use code BIBRAVEMIAMI for a $5 discount---check it out!

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