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.

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