Winter Party in the Sun: Music Themed Half Marathon Announces Course
12,000 Runners Expected, Live Local Bands to Celebrate Latin Sound
Miami Beach, FL – August 17, 2011 – While snowflakes are falling elsewhere, the bright sun and warm beaches of South Florida will draw more than 12,0000 runners to the ultimate running block party at the Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon on Sunday, December 11.
Runners will tour the stunning city as the sounds of live, local bands playing along the course motivate and entertain. Enthusiastic cheerleaders and thousands of spectators will also join in, making the 13.1 mile distance unlike any other race experience.
The Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon joins the Country Music Marathon in Nashville as extensions of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series. The half marathon will be the 18th event this year in the national series of musically-themed marathons and half marathons, which are famous for lining race routes with live bands and fanfare at each mile.
Waterfront views along iconic South Beach will take center stage, with more than six miles of the course running along the water, including spectacular views of the Port of Miami cruise ship terminal, Star, Palm, Hibiscus, and Fisher Islands. The course starts and finishes at Lummus Park in South Beach, and takes runners across both the Julia Tuttle and MacArthur Causeways, which stretch over the sparkling Biscayne Bay. Participants will view the dramatic downtown skyline and run through the Miami Beach Art Deco District and alongside the historic Miami Beach Golf Club before a unique finish line on the sand, a first for a Rock ‘n’ Roll event.
“Miami is such an impressive city and exactly the type of destination our runners will love because of its great weather, diverse culture, and beautiful scenery,” said Doug Thurston, course designer. “We really tried to highlight what’s special about Miami and we think it’s a course that will give participants, spectators and neighbors the best possible experience.”
After crossing the finish line, runners will join family and friends to celebrate their accomplishment at the finish line festival and headliner concert. All runners receive free entry to the concert, which in recent years has featured headliner acts including Everclear, Five for Fighting, Pat Benatar & REO Speedwagon, Blues Traveler, Neon Trees and Bret Michaels.
For additional information about the Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon, or to register for the event, please visit Competitor.com.
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