Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Marathon

Rise and shine if you want to catch the Miami Marathon


You don’t have to be a runner to be part of the Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. Participants thrive on the support of spectators.

Thousands of runners made their way east across the MacArthur Causeway under the setting of a full moon as they participated in the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon on January 27, 2013.
Thousands of runners made their way east across the MacArthur Causeway under the setting of a full moon as they participated in the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon on January 27, 2013.

If it’s still Sunday morning and you haven’t slept past, say, 11, there’s time to grab a cup of coffee and cheer on the nearly 25,000 runners competing in the Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Marathon.

If it’s still Saturday and you’re reading this on your computer, phone or tablet, consider going to sleep a bit earlier.

The runners would love your support.

The race begins at 6:15 a.m. with a 6:05 wheelchair start. The starting line is in front of AmericanAirlines Arena, where competitors will begin gathering in the wee hours. The finish is just down the road on Biscayne Boulevard at Bayfront Park.

The finish line covers three blocks from Bayfront Park to Northeast Third Street and will feature live music, food, drinks and bleachers that are open and free to the public until 1 p.m., when organizers start tearing down the course.

Here are the designated cheering zones:

• In front of Miami Beach Senior High, 2231 Prairie Ave., from 6 to 8:30 a.m. (approximately Mile 6-7).

• Outside Publix, 1045 Dade Blvd.., Miami Beach, from 6 to 9:30 a.m. (Mile 7-8).

• Northeast 15th Street and North Miami Avenue from 6 to 10 a.m. (Mile 11).

• Rickenbacker Causeway, the Port side of Key Biscayne (left side of road) from 8 to 12:30 p.m. at Mile 23.

• 1101 Brickell Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon, near the end of the race.

Bring your loudest voice!

Tropical 5K

With a mile to go in Saturday morning’s 10th annual Publix Tropical 5K, Bryan Sharkey relied on his instincts to win the 3.1 miler in 16 minutes 42 seconds.

After surging to the lead right after the start at the Children’s Museum on the west end of the McArthur Causeway, Sharkey, 26, of Pinecrest, maintained a 5:23-per-mile pace as he led a field of 2,000 east across the causeway in the 71 degree temperature.

But by the time Sharkey reached the top of the bridge a mile from the finish at South Point Park in Miami Beach, he had to fend off a challenge by Rolando Ricapa, 42, of Peru.

“I couldn’t hear him or see him, but I knew [Ricapa] was right there,” said Sharkey, who won the Palm Beach Marathon in December. “So when I came down the bridge, I picked it up and I knew he couldn’t catch me.”

Ricapa, 42, who was suffering the past week with a pulled hamstring, couldn’t respond and finished second by 13 seconds.

Like the men’s race, the women’s race also wasn’t decided until the bridge.

After enjoying the early race scenery that included five cruise ships docked off to her right at the Port of Miami and hundreds of sailboats anchored in the bay to her left, Elizabeth Schepis, 47, of Miami, passed Alejandra Cedeno just before starting up the bridge.

Then Schepis, a fitness instructor who had never won a race before, kicked it in at a 6:52 pace to win in 21:20. Cedeno, 37, a dentist from Venezuela, was second in 21:54.

“I didn’t know that I was in first place until I heard people screaming that I was the first female,” Schepis said. “Then when I saw the finishing banner, I was really surprised.”

Butch Stallings

Tropical 5K Results

Men’s Overall: 1. Bryan Sharkey, 16:42; 2. Rolando Ricapa, 16:55; 3. Jeffrey Zickus, 17:14; Master: 1. Myles Murphy, 18:18; 12-Under: 1. Nicolas Monteagudo, 23:10; 13-15: 1. Syon Lewis, 19:26; 16-19: 1. David Gutierrez, 20:57; 20-24: 1. Richard Angeles Arias, 19:39; 25-29: 1. Matthew Plaska, 18:25; 30-34: 1. Kenneth Smeby, 18:15; 35-39: 1. Melattini Massimo, 18:32; 40-44: 1. Vidal Fernandez, 20:59; 45-49: 1. Diego Del Sol, 20:55; 50-54: 1. Carlos Garcia, 19:27; 55-59: 1. Mark Varo, 23:09; 60-64: 1. Patrick Gaughan, 19:53; 65-69: 1. Ludwig Marat, 23:01; 70-74: 1. Marcel Jobin, 25:26; 75-Over: 1. Michael Goldman, 28:49.

Women’s Overall: 1. Elizabeth Schepis, 21:20; 2. Alejandra Cedeno, 21:54; 3. Aleksa Guerra, 22:02; Master: 1. Zahra Guennoun, 22:11; 12-Under: 1. Grace Matos, 26:35; 13-15: 1. Carolyn Galan, 27:22; 16-19: 1. Julia Lewis, 26:58; 20-24: 1. Laura Carter, 24:38; 25-29: 1. Jacquelyn Fernandez, 24:23; 30-34: 1. Eunice Salamanca Madriz, 23:42; 35-39: 1. Karen Kennedy, 23:21; 40-44: 1. Alejandra Burgana, 25:45; 45-49: 1. Yvonne Leippert, 22:50; 50-54: 1. Jeanne Corey, 23:55; 55-59: 1. Elaine Rancatore, 23:24; 60-64: 1. Char Davidson, 25:05; 65-69: 1. Anne Edwards, 30:28; 70-74: 1. Nilda Montoya, 50:02.

Read more Outdoors stories from the Miami Herald

  • Fishing report

    Captain Glyn Austin of Going Coastal Fishing Charters out of Sebastian reported that catch-and-release fishing for snook with live baits and artificial lures day and night has been outstanding in and around the Sebastian Inlet all the way north to the Patrick Air Force Base. Redfish and a few permits are biting in the Sebastian Inlet and are being caught on small blue crabs. Along the beaches, tarpon, bonito, jacks and sharks can be targeted all the way to Port Canaveral. These fish have been feeding along the big baitfish schools. Offshore reef fishing has been good for cobias and mangrove snappers up to 12 pounds.

A large Goliath grouper nestled into the Bonaire shipwreck off Jupiter.


    Outdoors feature: Goliath groupers make recovery but harvest remains on hold

    Dropping into the roiled, murky waters 60 feet deep off Jupiter Inlet on Monday, I heard the annual spawning aggregation of Goliath groupers before I actually saw it. Below me, I could barely make out the wreck of the MG 111 or the mottled, gentle giants that show up each year between late July and mid-October to keep their species going. But the Goliaths already had seen our group of divers and weren’t too happy about our visit. They emitted loud, bass booming noises that sound a little like gun reports – probably to alert each other and to warn us not to get too cozy.

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Under the sea:</span> The ferro cement sailboat Usikusiku sits 75 feet deep on the ocean floor after being deployed Tuesday as an artificial reef off Hollywood. It already is attracting marine life.


    Sailboat finds new life in final resting place

    The 43-foot ferro cement sailboat doesn’t look very impressive sitting on the ocean floor about 75 feet deep off Hollywood. It’s plain and bare with no design flourishes.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category