MIAMI (CBS4) – Runners from across South Florida and elsewhere are loading up on carbs ahead of this weekend’s ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. The race course begins at AmericanAirlines Arena, heading north and continues through Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, Little Havana, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables before returning downtown for a finish at Bayfront Park.
Approximately 20 thousand runners/walkers are expected to participate in the eighth annual event, which takes place Sunday, January 30st.
The marathon will start at 6:15 a.m. with street closures beginning prior to that at 5:00 a.m. The streets will reopen by 12:30 p.m.
Thursday is the last day to qualify for the discounted early-registration fee of $100 for the marathon and $75 for the half marathon. On Friday the fee goes to $125 for both races.
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On Saturday, vehicular traffic will be redirected on Biscayne Blvd. so expect delays; however, all vehicles will be able to get to all businesses and residences in the affected areas.
Saturday starting at 12:00 a.m. no northbound traffic will be allowed along Biscayne Blvd. All traffic on Brickell Avenue traveling north towards the Brickell Bridge will be directed west on 7th Street. Miami Police officers will be on hand to help direct traffic.
Residents and business owners should understand that traffic delays are inevitable and should avoid traveling by vehicle if possible.