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The ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon

The ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon is an annual marathon held in Miami. It began in 2003 and is one of the city's most prominent sporting events of the year. It is becoming increasingly popular and is one of the fastest-growing marathons in the country, with runners coming in from all 50 states across the nation and almost 100 countries around world.

The marathon draws in an increasing number of runners every year going from 17,000 to over 25,000 participants in recent years. The marathon and half marathon provide a major boost to the local economy with more around $40 million generated yearly in the past festivals thanks to both participants and tourists and locals flocking in to watch. Cumulatively, the marathon and half marathon have brought in $200 million to the local community since it began.

The ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon are usually held on the last Sunday of January or the first Sunday in February. The marathon goes on for 26 miles of scenic roadways and Miami's most popular districts, with 13 miles going through Miami Beach. The race begins near the city's iconic American Airlines Arena on Biscayne Boulevard, goes through McArthur Causeway past the cruise ships at the Port of Miami. The marathon then heads over to Miami Beach and Ocean Drive, and then comes back to the city of Miami to the financial district, Brickell and Coconut Grove. It then goes to Key Biscayne before coming back to the Miami downtown area and ending at Bayfront Park.

The ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon

The ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon are both growing in popularity and attendance every year, therefore if you're interested in running at the marathon, it is best to register as early as possible to get a spot. Registrations can be done over the internet on the marathon's website.

The earlier runners register, the cheaper the registration fee. Those who reserve before April of the year before the race only pay $90, and then prices can go up until $125 from December and January. They must pay $140 if they choose to wait until they walk up to the Expo. As for the half marathon, prices vary from $65 to $100 and $140 at the Expo. Participants must be 14 and over to race in the half marathon and 16 and over to run in the full marathon. Be sure that you are going to run before registering because registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

The ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon

Spectators who are coming to watch a friend or family member run can follow their runner throughout the course thanks to the many viewing stations spread around the course. In order to be sure to catch the runner, it is a good idea to know their pace so that it will be easier to catch up with them. Spectators can pick up an ING Pace Band at the ING booth of the Nissan Total Health & Fitness Expo.

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