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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.

Belle Isle residents to meet; topics range from road and bridge construction to casinos to ING Marathon

The Belle Isle Residents Association holds its annual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19 in the board room at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Ave.

It starts at 6 p.m. with socializing; the meeting begins at 7. Here’s the full plan for the evening:

Miami Beach officials will be on hand to discuss ongoing and upcoming projects, answer your questions and hear your comments on issues that affect our neighborhood.

 To be added to our e-mail list or to apply to serve on the Belle Isle Residents Association Board, please send an email tobod@belle-isle-residents.org or call Scott Diffenderfer at 305-458-3334.


 1.   Welcome and Introductions

2.   Project update/community information

  • Miami Beach Community Resource & Outreach Team – Lynn Bernstein
  • Belle Isle Park update/input from residents – Parks Department
  • Project Updates – Richard Saltryck, Public Works
    • Collins Canal seawall & Dade Blvd. shared use bike path
    • Restriping of Dade Blvd./Venetian Way and effects on traffic
    • Miami Beach/Miami-Dade County construction timeline on Venetian Way
    • Proposed West Avenue Bridge Update
  • Venetian Way Bridge Refurbishment/Replacement – Herb Frank
  • Destination Casino Bill Opposition Update – Sandy Money/Herb Frank
  • Other projects and questions from residents

3.   Upcoming Events affecting Venetian Way

  • American Fencing Conference – Jan. 23-27, 2012 – Bus Traffic
  • IMG Miami Marathon – Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 – Road Closures/Race Logistics – Whitney Murphy
  • Miami International Boat Show – Feb. 16-20, 2012 – Bus, Boat Traffic

4.   Treasurer’s Report

5.   President’s Report and all other questions from residents

6.   Approval of the Minutes from the January 2011 Annual Meeting

7.   Nominating Committee

  • Board of Directors Slate for 2012 & Election of new Board Members

8.   New Business

9.   Adjourn

Footfalls, crushed cups and cheers for marathon runners crossing Belle Isle

The Belle Isle water station included a bathroom stop for 21,000 runners.

The 2011 ING Miami Marathon made good on its promise Sunday morning: The water station crews were quiet, the runners were happy and the cleanup happened with amazing swiftness — a great event and great morning on Belle Isle.

The first three men crossed just after 7 a.m.

There were runners (and wheelchair athletes) of every speed, shape and size — from the three front-runners who crossed our island just after 7 a.m. to the walkers working their way along two hours later.

Belle Isle residents cheered, held signs, kids and pets. Your Belle Isle Blog got out early to document the moment — and here are lots of photos to share.

Belle Isle residents and pets cheered the runners.

When the race started at 6:20 a.m., there were 21,400 registered runners for the 13.1 mile half marathon and and the 26.2-mile marathon, a record for the race.

Workers dispensed an amazing amount of water and Gatorade.

By 10:30, almost all the crushed cups were gone — and amazing cleanup by a well-organized crew that spent hours dispensing water and Gatorade to the thousands of runners.

Then they took up rakes to clean up the cups, while trucks moved in to pick up and remove the mess — from the Venetian Causeway and the dozen Port-O-Lets set up in front of The Standard.

The cleanup went quickly.

Here is gallery of images from Belle Isle.[


Scenes from mile 8 — the ING Miami Marathon


Belle Isle woke up early Sunday to cheering, music and 18,000 runners passing our doors. We had a great crowd out to cheer on the runners, and the island was rocking from the moment the pace car cruised by at 42 minutes into the race — about 6:50 a.m.

First to cross was an Achilles athlete in a wheelchair, and the other leaders followed. Overcast skies and a slight mist made it an easy crossing for the runners, who enjoyed water, Gatorade and bathroom stops on Venetian Way in front of The Standard.

Michael Wardian of Arlington, Va., won the men’s division, and Brett Ely of Natick, Ma., won the women’s competition. But the day really belonged to all the runners we see each morning and evening working out on our causeway, the prettiest running route in all of South Florida. Lots of neighbors got up early to cheer spouses and companions who ran the race — as well as the thousands who came to Miami for the great event. (Photos by Robin Landers)

The Miami Herald has a great video of the race.