2005 Toyota Prius Miami Tropical Marathon & Half-Marathon™ - It’s All About The Running
This winter if you are looking to escape the cold for a little road racing in paradise then look no further. The 2005 Toyota Prius Miami Tropical Marathon & Half-Marathon™ is waiting for you. This three-race event (marathon, half-marathon and 5k) has quickly become one of the top destination races in the country, which is not surprising because in Miami it’s all about the runner.
Posted Monday, 22 November, 2004
It’s All About The Destination
Miami is one of America’s favorite vacation destinations. It has great beaches, world-class shopping, tropical attractions, and scrumptious Miami cuisine. Miami Beach is called the “Sun and Fun Capital of the World;” a place where you can soak up the tropical south Florida sunshine, dance to hot Latin rhythms of the night, shop at fine boutiques and international markets, dine at exquisite restaurants or find lodging among thousands of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts', campgrounds and resorts. You are also just a day ride from many other Florida attractions like Fort Lauderdale, the Everglades, Daytona Beach, Orlando and the Florida Keys making Miami the ultimate family destination.
South Beach is your place if it is nightlife you are seeking. A Mecca for partiers in the winter months, South Beach is a refurbished art deco haven that is renowned for its never-ending nightly activities. Located on the Island of Miami Beach, South Beach is the playground for models, actors, the jet set folk and the paparazzi. You never know whom you will run into at the Beach. Miami is home of numerous celebrities, sports heroes and rock stars like Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estevan, Shaq, the Bee Gees, and rap star turned marathon running P Diddy.
It’s All About Weekend
The 2005 Toyota Prius Miami Tropical Marathon & Half-Marathon™ has a number of events associated with it including a Health and Fitness Expo, Pasta Party and a post race party.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Health & Fitness Expo features over 100 exhibitors showing off the latest trends, designs, and advances in running shoes and apparel. The expo is held at the Miami Convention Center which is adjacent to Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami. The Regency is a four star hotel that also serves as race headquarters for the weekend. It is here where you pickup your race packet and t-shirt. The race organizers have planned all events associated with the race so they are within a few blocks of each other.
The carbo-loading pasta party or Celebrazione di Pasta takes place the evening before the marathon from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM. The all-you-can-eat pasta dinner includes two different types of pasta, with your choice of marinara sauce or a white sauce, meatballs, salad, and dinner rolls. The party takes place outside at the Hyatt Regency overlooking the scenic Miami River.
Live music is featured at the finish line for the Finish Line Celebration. The entertainment will reflect the diverse sounds of Miami's many cultures. Specifics about the entertainment will be posted on the website as the information become available.
It’s All About the Course
If it is the ultimate course you are looking for in terms of scenery and entertainment the Toyota Prius Miami Tropical Marathon is your race. If you are looking for a Boston qualifier this is also your race. According to race director Robert Pozo “the maximum elevation is about 9 meters.” Pozo also says he thinks he has one of the top three courses in the US. With 95-percent of the course no further than a block from the ocean he is probably correct.
The race starts adjacent to the American Airlines Arena – Miami’s entertainment showplace. During the first mile you will cross the MacArthur Causeway. This is the main link between downtown Miami and its world famous beaches. According to Pozo “this is one of the few times the causeway is closed to traffic.” The bridge will provide you with magnificent views of Watson Island, Biscayne Bay and to your left the Miami Herald building (modeled after the Chicago Sun Times building). Make sure to look towards your right to see the many cruise ships in the harbor.
After coming off the causeway you will be running through a “live” set that is constantly used for many entertainment productions. Since 1941 Hollywood has been using Miami and its Beaches for filming movies and television shows such as CSI Miami, Bad Boys II, Miami Vice, Out of Time, Something About Mary, Karen Sisco, The Specialist, Just Cause, Scarface, True Lies, Godfather Part II, The Bellboy, Fast & the Furious II, Any Given Sunday, and many more.
If the constantly changing scenery is not enough to make the miles seem like they are melting away, then twenty-one planned entertainment spots may help. Everything from rock bands to cheerleaders will add to the festive atmosphere along the course. The unplanned entertainment may also add to your experience. When you pass through South Beach take note of the many partygoers in various forms of dress (or non-dress) cheering you on as they are leaving the nightclubs.
During your journey you will pass some of the world’s finest beaches and historic neighborhoods. You will also see lots of coconut trees. These trees are a welcomed sight as they provide a canopy of shade in the latter stages of the race. The finish is adjacent to Bayfront Park and offers great photo opportunities.
The University of Miami Medical Group will be providing top-notch first aid care for runners. Medical personnel are present at all aid station on the course and at the finish line. Aid stations are located at each mile and both water and Gatorade are available. There will also be Clif Shot stations located at miles 15, 18, 21 and 23 for those needing an extra boost. Also for those wanting to join a pace group, Clif Bar will be providing this service.
If you opt for to run either the half-marathon or the Tropical 5K you will find both to be scenic and include the attention to detail in terms or organization as the marathon.
It’s All About the Weather
Weather is always a concern for marathon runners. January is historically the driest and coolest time in Miami. The average temperature for January 30th is low sixties at the start and low seventies by noontime. In 2003 the starting temperature was 51 degrees and in 2004 it was 63 degrees. Although it can be cool on race morning, you can probably leave the polar fleece jacket at home in the closet. Hurricane season in Miami ends in November and even though four storms hit the state this past year, no damage whatsoever occured along the course.
It’s All About Being International
The Miami Tropical Marathon has gained a reputation as a premiere international marathon. Many of the participants come from South America and the Caribbean. The cheap airfares into Miami may play into the decision process, but Miami’s Latin culture and influence surely is as big a draw. “We do well with the International crowd,” says Pozo. After New York and Honolulu, which attracts a large Asian crowd, the Miami Tropical Marathon is most likely rated third when it comes to attracting an International crowd.
It’s All About the Medal
The finishing medal for the marathon is a keepsake like no other. The race committee has traveled the world comparing medallions from various races to design a medal that race director Pozo describes as “the top [finisher] medal in the USA.” The five ounce 3.5 inch spinning medal is made of two orbs one spinning inside the other. The inside orb has a 3-dimensional race logo. “People will duplicate this medal,” he adds. Participants in the 5-kilometer race get a smaller version of the same medal.
It’s All About the Charities
The Miami Tropical Marathon benefits two charities. The Community Partnership for Homeless, Inc provides a creative and innovative alternative to the "soup kitchen approach" thus reducing the "on the street" homeless population in the Miami-Dade community. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Southern Florida whose mission is to cure Leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
It’s All About You
The Toyota Prius Miami Tropical Marathon is an event designed around you. “We look at the event through the eyes of the runner,” say Robert Pozo. “We are all runners here [PR Racing].” This is an event designed for runners by runners that pays attention to every detail. So this January when you are looking for a little running in paradise look no further than the Toyota Prius Miami Tropical Marathon.
Miami Tropical Marathon website
Online race registration
Jan 30, 2005
Wheelchair division starts at 5:45am
15000 total runners anticipated for marathon and half marathon
Average temperatures are 50-63 degrees