Top Running Races in Miami
In honor of the Equipaws Motto “Fit, Happy, Healthy” and the New Year we are kicking off the season sharing the top five running races in Miami. The wonderful thing about Miami is you walk out to paradise everyday of the year and have no excuse not to get outside and get moving. Although our furry friends can’t join us on the race day, they can always encourage and help you train (not to worry, they have their own Paws4You Run Fur Fun in April)! So get outside, get moving and get involved. The following races support an incredible cause and offer a running experience that is anything but ordinary.
When: January 24th, 2016
Where: Downtown Miami
More Information: http://www.themiamimarathon.com
The Miami Marathon is the largest race in the South Florida region where thousands of participants have come over the past 13 years to race for a cause. You can participate in the Fun Run, 5K, 10K, half marathon or the full. The course begins at American Airlines arena and brings you over the McArthur Causeway and continuing through the chaotic streets of Miami Beach, then looping you back through downtown. The full marathon runners will continue down Brickell Ave and all participants end for a fun festival in Bayfront Park. The celebration is complete with refreshments, food and music. Over the past decade the Miami Marathon has helped raise several million dollars for various charities. When registering you have a variety of charities you can choose to support. What an incredible way to support a cause while getting a full tour of the city of Miami.
Congratulations to Benazzouz Slimani and Allison Kieffer for winning first place in their respective categories this year! Runners can already sign up for the 2017 Miami Marathon, so be sure to take advantage of the lower prices!
Where: Wynwood Art District
When: February 21st, 2016
More Information: http://Run2Wyn.com
Join the inaugural Run2Wyn 5k Charity Run! Get an up close and personal tour of the Art District of Miami. The streets and walls are filled with painted, sprayed, and tagged murals from artists from all over the world. This race supports the RAW Project, which stands for Re-Imagining the Arts of Wynwood. A Foundation with a goal of donating $500,000 to the Jose de Diego middle school, a school which helps children and families of low income housing receive an education. The fundamentals of art and creative go a long way in children’s development. A beautiful run with a caring cause!
Live Like Bella Superhero 5K
When: March 5th, 2016
Where: Miami Zoo!
More Information: http://www.LiveLikeBella5k.org
The Live Like Bella 5K is returning for the 2nd year! Band together to fight pediatric cancer: summon your inner super power, bring a cape or mask and run as your favorite Superhero through the zoo! An idea that allows your silly side to come out and support the true superheroes, kids living with cancer. Bring the family for a day in a beautiful setting full of activities, food, refreshments and music. Participants also receive free entry to Zoo Miami for the rest of the day. An unforgettable experience for an incredible cause! #LiveLikeBella while running races in Miami!
Down2earth Trail Run
When: April 24th, 2016
Where: Oleta River State Park
More Information: http://www.worksmartplayharder.com
This race is open to the whole community and offers a very scenic route through the Gilligan’s Island Trail at the beautiful Oleta River State Park. This run is for a personal cause. Run with a friend or family member through the pine-covered floor and forest of South Florida. Many of us have fast-paced lives and never stop to breathe in the fresh air and take a little time to enjoy the view. Spend the rest of the day taking advantage of the beach or water sports, such as kayaking or paddle boarding. (Pro tip: Bring your bug spray!)
Color Fun Fest
When: May 2nd, 2016
Where: Sun Life Stadium
More Information: http://colorfunfest5k.com/locations/south-florida/
Get ready to get colorful! Head to Sun Life Stadium and prepare to be blasted with colored powder while running to electronic dance music! This race is for anyone and everyone, young and old, who love to have fun, be active and support a charitable cause. This race is supporting Free Arts for Abused Children, a nonprofit organization that gives children that have suffered adversity a chance to express themselves through art. Bringing arts and crafts donations for the kids is encouraged! A second organization involved with this event is called Hope Kids, an institution that helps the families of children with life-threatening medical conditions find hope and enjoy life with a loving and supportive community of compassionate people. Bring smiles to both foundations and come run to support the cause!
Many of the events offer several races such as 5K, 10K, half or full marathon. We hope you can participate in these worthwhile running races in Miami. Our team at Equipaws will be supporting and attending several (our pet sitter Meghan just completed the half-marathon at the Miami Marathon- congratulations!). Good Luck and get moving!
A founding member of the Equipaws family, Frankie can mostly be found working behind the scenes, helping co-create online branding, managing several social media accounts, designing brand collateral, writing copy, and managing events. She also fills in for pet sitters and dog walkers when needed in Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, and South Miami. Her own small pack consists of Boots the Shih Tzu mix and Nutmeg the Chiweenie.