MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Thousands of South Florida runners will leave their cubicles and lace up their sneakers for the 2013 Miami Mercedes-Benz Corporate 5K Run on Thursday, April 25th.
More than 20,000 participants from hundreds of companies will take over downtown Miami for the race which is marking its 28th year. There’s even a team from CBS4 and MYTV33. Miami police are asking those taking part in the run not to bring duffle bags or backpacks.
The purpose of the Corporate Run Series is to promote running and walking as a means to a fit, healthy lifestyle for people from all walks of corporate life.
The run is open to employees of businesses, corporations, government agencies, financial institutions and non-profits-no matter how big or small. Companies were encouraged to enter an unlimited number of employees to walk or run as a group.
But with the event comes street closures. Event organizers say at 2 p.m., the Northbound lanes of Biscayne Boulevard, from Chopin Plaza to NE 5 Street will close. The Southbound lanes will offer two-way traffic and special attention will be given to entry and exit of Chopin Plaza (Hotel Intercontinental and One Miami).
At 6 p.m., Northbound Brickell Avenue traffic will be sent West on SE 7 Street. Only traffic going to Hotel Intercontinental and One Miami will be allowed over the Brickell Bridge. Brickell Key residents may use Brickell Bay Drive and SE 8th Street from the South to enter or exit Brickell Key.
At 6:30 p.m., no traffic will be allowed in or out of the area bound on the east by Biscayne Blvd/Brickell Ave, on the south by South 13 Street on the west by West 2 Avenue, and on the north by North 5 Street.
The race begins promptly at 6:45 p.m.
Starting on Biscayne Boulevard and Flagler Street the run travels South on Biscayne Blvd to Biscayne Blvd Way / SE 4th Street and West bound to SE 2nd Avenue then South over the Brickell Avenue Bridge to S.E. 13th St, West on S.E. 13th St. to S.W. 2nd Avenue, North on SW 2nd Ave to N.W. 1st Street, East on N.W. 1st Street to N.E. 2nd Avenue, North on N.E. 2nd Avenue to N.E. 4th Street, East on N.E. 4th Street to Biscayne Blvd culminating at Bayfront Park.
A festival with music and food will take place after the race at Bayfront Park.
Roadways reopen as the last of the participants pass and Miami Police Department deems it safe.
- Brickell Ave should reopen by 7:30pm
- SW/NW 2nd Ave should reopen by 8:00pm
- NW/NE 1st St should open by 8:30pm
- Remaining streets by 8:45pm
- Miami Ave South of The River by 7:45pm
- Miami Ave North of The River by 8:45pm
The Northbound lanes of Biscayne Boulevard should be re-opened to traffic around midnight.