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Belle Isle scenes from Miami Marathon 2014

The runners came dressed for success

The runners came dressed for success

It was a warm and wonderful Sunday on Belle Isle, and some 25,000 runners crossed our island, pursuing personal milestones. Volunteers gave them water and Gatorade and we cheered them on….(Thanks to Belle Isle’s Steve Neifeld for the photos)

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Get ready for the ING Marathon on Sunday

The 2013 ING Marathon path across our islands.

The 2013 ING Marathon path across our islands.

The 2013 ING Marathon and half-marathon — the huge community event that brings 25,000 runners across the Belle Isle and the Venetian Causeway — returns in one week, on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Ask the runners, and most will tell you that the Venetian Causeway crossing is the most beautiful stretch of the race.

The organizers delivered marathon hangers to Venetian Isle homeowners earlier this week, to make sure we’re prepared for the Sunday morning traffic disruptions and know when to get out and cheer. Later this week, we’ll see portable toilets and other necessities moved into place.

The marathon brings money and visitors to the community, and the group that runs it works hard to ensure it isn’t too disruptive on Sunday morning. Event manager Whitney Murphy promises all you’ll hear are the footfalls of runners, and our islands will be cleaned up by afternoon.

Here’s some Belle Isle Blog advice on how to make the best of the event:

IMG_3433– Get out and cheer the runners. The race starts at 6:05 a.m. for wheelchair competitors and 6:15 a.m. for runners. We’ll see the leaders pass Belle Isle (mile 8)  around 6:30 a.m., and we’ll see people who have trained for months crossing until 9:30 or 10 a.m. They range from elite athletes to average folks who committed to goal and are on their way to achieving it. Make signs to motivate the runners. Your enthusiasm will help lift them to success.

Lady Liberty?

Lady Liberty?

– Plan your morning around the race. From about 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., you’ll only be able to go east on Venetian Way by car, and quite slowly. If you want to go to breakfast, you might want to walk. That way, you can cheer the runners as you go along. IF you HAVE to go to the mainland in the morning, plan to ease your way east on Venetian Way, then south on West Avenue, and east on the MacArthur Causeway, where westbound lanes will be open.

There are several key water stations on the Venetian Causeway leg of the route, one on Belle Isle (mile 8),  San Marco Island (mile 9) and Biscayne Island (Mile 10)

Enjoy the race . Belle Isle Blog will be taking photos of the runners from our island, and promises to post them on the site as early as possible Sunday morning. Here’s a look at last year’s coverage.

Get ready! The ING Marathon is heading for the Venetian islands

We begin the one-week countdown to the ING Miami Marathon.

A week from now, thousands of runners — as many as 25,000 based on the record number of registrants — will be crossing Belle Isle on Venetian Way on Mile 8 of their 13.1 or 26.2 mile journey.

It’s a great event that showcases our islands.

The event brings money and visitors to the community, and the group that runs it works hard to ensure it isn’t too disruptive on Sunday morning.

Whitney Murphy, the event manager, made a point of attending last week’s Belle Isle Residents Association meeting to hear from residents and assure them the island will be cleaned up and cleared as quickly as possible. She also said noise — which was a problem a couple of marathons back — will be kept to a minimum.

Belle Isle Blog thinks the good from the marathon vastly outweighs the hassle, and offers these tips to prepare for Sunday morning, Jan. 29:

– Get out and cheer the runners. The leaders will pass our island around 6:30 a.m., and we’ll see people who have trained for months crossing until 9:30 or 10 a.m. They range from elite athletes to average folks who committed to goal and are on their way to achieving it. Your cheers will help lift them to success.

– Plan your morning around the race. From about 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., you’ll only be able to go east on Venetian Way by car, and quite slowly. If you want to go to breakfast, you might want to walk. That way, you can cheer the runners as you go along. IF you HAVE to go to the mainland in the morning, plan to ease your way east on Venetian Way, then south on West Avenue, and east on the MacArthur Causeway, where westbound lanes will be open.

There are several key water stations on the Venetian Causeway leg of the route, one on Belle Isle (mile 8),  San Marco Island (mile 9) and Biscayne Island (Mile 10)

Enjoy the race . Belle Isle Blog will be taking photos of the runners from our island, and promises to post them on the site as early as possible Sunday morning.

Venetian Causeway construction drags til June; here comes the ING marathon

Smoothing out the roadway on DiLido Island.

Work on the slow-moving, back-jarring, pothole-filled obstacle course we know as the Venetian Causeway is a good six months behind schedule, and th e current phase won’t finish the end of June, Belle Isle residents learned Wednesday night.

And the construction happening right now — a scramble of road surfacing and barrier moving — is preparation to make the Venetian safe for the 25,000 runners who will cross it during the ING Miami Marathon on Jan. 29.

“They are cleaning up for the ING Marathon,” said Richard Saltrick, a city of Miami Beach Public Works Department engineer who briefed the Belle Isle Residents Association on progress on the myriad road and bridge projects on and near the island. “They are doing milling and surfacing on DiLido and Rivo Alto,  safe-ing up” for the race.

The causeway construction was supposed to be complete by now — well before the annual marathon needed a clear path.

“It’s a mess,” acknowledged Whitney Murphy, event manager for US Road Sports, which stages the annual race. Her organization expects a record 25,000 runners for this year’s marathon and half-marathon, about 3,000 more than last year. No matter the distance, all runners cross the Venetian.

“There is a lot of construction,” she said, and joked: “I’m getting gray hair at 26.” She said the marathon organizers are “working with the county and the city and they are going to smooth out the road for the runners and wheel chairs.”

Saltrick said Miami Beach has been told current construction on the Venetian — a Miami-Dade Public Works project that includes wider sidewalks and lighting and drainage — should be done by the end of June.

In August, Saltrick said, the city of Miami Beach will begin work on drainage, sidewalk, lighting and drainage projects on the side streets of the Venetian Islands of Rivo Alto, DiLido and San Marino — the so-called Streetscape Project.

An August start of that work allows for the possibility of a little more delay in the current Miami-Dade project, Saltrick said. The Streetscape work will last another year.

And those are just two of many projects in the starting or planning phase that impact Belle Isle and the Venetian Causeway. Residents received updates on several others:

The mixed-use path along the Collins Canal. Eastbound Dade Boulevard closed past Purdy Avenue on Tuesday as work on this project began. It will stay closed for less than a month, from the Dade-17th Street split to Alton Road.  The detour requires taking 17th Street to Alton.

The overall project — which includes seawall replacement and the construction of a landscaped sidewalk north of the Collins Canal along Dade Boulevard for bikers, runners, walkers and strollers — should be complete by July, Saltrick said.

The proposed West Avenue Bridge. The city of Miami Beach is studying whether to build a bridge over the Collins Canal that would connect West Avenue behind Epicure with the Sunset Harbour neighborhood. The next neighborhood meeting will be in February, Saltrick said. If the Miami Beach City Commission decides to build a bridge, it would take two to three years of planning and engineering work before construction would begin, he said.

Reconstruction of the Venetian Causeway bridges. The 12 historic bridges that make up our Venetian Causeway are crumbling in places, and make need extensive repairs or replacement. They were last redone a dozen years ago, after a lengthy battle to ensure their architectural features were preserved.

The Florida Department of Transportation is seeking bids from consultants who will determine the extent of work needed on the bridges, said Herb Frank, a Belle Isle Residents Association board member who attended an FDOT meeting on the bridges on Wednesday. A consultant could be chosen at a follow-up meeting in April. He said the consultant study would take about three years, to actual work is a long way off — if it happens at all.

Residents Association Scott Diffenderfer said the organization is staying on top of the project to make sure whatever eventually happens preserves the historic bridges.