Your Miami Half Marathon Guide

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I ran the Miami Half Marathon in 2020. In this article, I will share all the details about the Lifetime Miami Half Marathon. Hopefully, you learn something. And even more so, I hope you get inspired to run the Miami Half along with me. in 2021.

Let’s jump into some of the course details including:

  • The date of the Miami Half
  • Course details and route difficulty
  • Registration
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Miami Half Marathon
Also, be sure to check out: 7 Half Marathon Mistakes Not to Make

When is the 2021 Miami Half Marathon?

The 2021 Miami Half marathon starts in beautiful, sunny Florida on Sunday, January 31st - which is the same day as the full Miami marathon. Make sure you have your bib and have been to the expo to make sure all your race ducks are in a row. Both the full Miami Marathon and the Miami Half start at the same time: 6:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. There is an afterparty celebration that runs for a few hours after the race, so get ready to celebrate after you crush the race!

How long is the Miami Half Marathon?

The Lifetime Miami Half Marathon is 13.1 miles long.

The Miami Half Marathon Course

The 2021 Miami Half Marathon course is beautiful and shares 12.8 miles of the same route as the full Miami Marathon. The course starts at the American Airlines Center - where the Miami Heat plays - and finishes near the same spot, looping around Miami Beach and hopping on the small chains of islands that dot the beach for 13.1 miles. Where the Miami Half ends is close to the halfway mark for the full marathon, which follows the same initial loop, but which ultimately heads south past Little Havana and towards Coconut Grove. This course has so many great views as you run next to the water. Really a special course overall that is close to flat the entire length and ends at 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131. Remember, there is a time limit for the Miami Half that you must adhere to! The longest you have to finish the half is 3 and a half hours. That may sound like a lot of time, but anyone who has ever run a half marathon knows that finishing the race is no easy feat! Make sure you allow yourself a window for contingency whenever you are training for the half!

How to register for the Miami Half Marathon

To register for the 2021 Miami Half Marathon all you need to do is hop on the Miami Half web page and register online. Registration is closed and will re-open on May 1st. Online registration closes at 3:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 30th, so be sure to go and do that if you haven’t already. For in-person registration, it closes at 6:00 p.m. on the same date. And once you get registered, make sure you confirm your registration. Then be sure to show up, hang out at the expo, grab your bib, and get ready to have a great run.

Miami Half Marathon FAQ

Every race has its nuances and differences. Be sure to not leave anything to chance and review these Miami Half FAQs.
  • Getting your registration packet
  • Transportation
  • Spectator info
  • Last year’s results


Getting your bib is as easy as showing up at the expo with a photo ID and picking up your registration packet. The expo hours are on the Friday and Saturday before the race:
  • Friday, February 7, 2020 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you for some reason cannot make it to the expo, you can have a friend pick up the packet, as long as they have your photo id and registration number. To avoid showing up and picking your bib up in person, you can also get it mailed to you now!


If you have not found lodging close to the race, or are unsure what method of transportation you’re going to take, be sure to get your ride set up. There are race morning shuttles that will take you directly to the source, without the headache or hassle. And if you are driving yourself, just remember that the starting line is right next to the American Airlines Arena: it’s pretty hard to miss.

How to spectate at the Miami Half Marathon?

To be a spectator at the race, there are plenty of cheer stations and parts along the way that you can cheer on all participants. Every word of encouragement and energetic gesture helps us get to the finish line, so if you have the free time, you can always stop by and witness the event.


Saidi Juma Makula, the 25-year-old winner of the Lifetime Miami Marathon, was ecstatic about his $4,500 prize for 2 hours 21 minutes 59 seconds of grueling work.
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