Miami’s year-round beautiful weather and luscious landscape make it prime for runners and walkers alike. As we get ready for this year’s virtual Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, which gives you until the 31st to complete your miles, we’re diving deep into our city’s funnest corners to traverse on foot. Whether they’re filled with distracting sites or as remote as can be, here are some of our favorite areas to build your route upon:
This is a great place to just take your time and wind and weave your way along historical green spaces like the Granada Golf Course, Alhambra Circle, and even catch a glimpse of the shining Biltmore Hotel. The Granada Golf Course is a popular spot for the physically active, and is a great place if you’re more inclined to run laps as opposed to build a linear run–a lap around the full 9 holes is a little over 2 miles.
Defined as Miami’s oldest neighborhood, Coconut Grove has a lot to offer in the way of sights to see. Whether you run along South Bayshore and pass Vizcaya, Kennedy Park and shoot into the heart of The Grove, or just like going at your own pace and meandering through its residential streets, make sure to keep your eyes open for historical landmarks and adorable Dade County Pine cottages.
If you’re not down for winding and weaving, you can head south from Coconut Grove into South Miami and Pinecrest through one of the city’s most beautiful streets: Old Cutler Road. Park your car along Cocoplum Circle and start from there, running the near 5-mile route passing Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and more. The path was recently re-paved, so those pesky Banyan tree roots won’t bother you too much.
A historically charming bridge, the Venetian Causeway jets out into the bay and connects the mainland and several key islands to Miami Beach. It’s quiet, remote, and relatively flat which makes it a perfect early morning run. If you time it right, you can catch the sunrise as you head East and start your day on a revitalizing note.
Red Road Linear Park is a 1.3 mile paved trail that runs along the west bank of the Snapper Creek Canal. The trail intersects and overlaps the Old Cutler Bike Trail starting at the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Snapper Creek Canal at 104th Street through the south end of the linear park, where it crosses over the west side of Red Road. If you want to do the full thing, you’ll come in at about 13.5 miles–perfect for a half marathon.
It might sound crazy to offer Downtown and Brickell as running spots, being filled with traffic lights and cross walks that might hinder your pace. But the soaring historical sites like The Freedom Tower, greenspaces filled with paths like Museum Park, and towering Miami skyline make up for it as a perfect place to plan a running route. If you plan it right, you can start or end at Margaret Pace Park and be cheered on by a breathtaking, breezy view.
Cover photo by Jeannett Slesnick via City-Data.com