Get ready for ING Miami Marathon 2014 — it’s coming up

Route for ING Miami 2014

Route for ING Miami 2014

The 2014 ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon — and its 25,000 runners — will be crossing Belle Isle and the Venetian Causeway in only three weeks, on Sunday, Feb. 2.

IMG_4712That’s Super Bowl Sunday for those of your paying attention, and you know what the marathon means: Lots of running to cheer on in the early morning, and basically no way to drive off the island if you aren’t interested.

Our advice:

–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.

– 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.

–Take pictures of the runners and your neighborhood and share them with #belleisle and #miamimarathon.

If you have questions or concerns, the race organizers want to hear from you. Contact Meryl Leventon at mleventon@usroadsports.com

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