- 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
- Road Race
On March 3, I ran the 305 Half Marathon – my second straight year running this race. Set on Miami Beach, it’s a home race for me and signals the end of a long training season that includes one marathon, two 13.1s, and several other short distance races. For me, it’s a victory lap. And, there is no better race to do it in because they know how to have fun.
Under the motto – Do It Like A Local – the race team brings out all the stops. Miami already is a special place with a culture that is one of a kind. That is exactly what this race is. Do It Like A Local begins with packet pickup that is held over three days at three local run stores. I chose to pick up from Go Run as it is the store that I go to for all my running needs. Having the packet pickup at these stores lets runners get to know the people who are runners just like them. I’m sure it converts many customers as well.
On race day, before you get to the start line you have to stop by the Cafecito tent. Sure, you’ve had coffee before a race, but the added jolt Cuban coffee gives you is indescribable.
With the sand and waves to your right, you get in the start corral before taking off on a beautiful course that winds through Miami Beach, over the Julia Tuttle Causeway into downtown Miami before jumping on the MacArthur Causeway back into Miami Beach. You pass cruise ships, breathtaking water views, and run over the four of the five big bridges in Miami. For the second straight year, there was a 305 Drive ignited by Athlinks – a 400 meter race within the race that challenged runners to press their limits. The route is lines with DJs playing reggaeton, salsa, techno, and other types of music you’d hear at local Miami clubs.
After crossing the finish line the fun keeps going. In true Do It Like A Local fashion, there is a Pots and Pans PR station. Google “Pots and Pans Celebration Miami” and you’ll learn what this is all about. And the athlete zone is filled with great vendors and even better music as everyone is dancing, celebrating, and having a great time.
It is races like these that truly bring perspective into running and execute on the number one rule I have always been taught when it comes to sports. Above all else, you have to have fun.