Early risers, be advised: More than 20,000 runners and walkers in the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon could use your energy Sunday morning to help boost them to the finish.
The event, in its 13th year, begins at 6:15 a.m. (6:05 a.m. for about 75 wheelchair racers) in front of AmericanAirlines Arena on Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami.
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.
This year’s weather is expected to provide perfect racing conditions — temperatures in the low 50s that rise to about 60 by 10 a.m., when the masses (most of whom will be done by noon) start to head toward the finish.
After the start, you can jump on the Metromover’s Omni Loop and head to the marathon’s official “cheering station” at Northeast 15th Street and Biscayne Boulevard (6:40 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.) near the Omni Station at Mile 10.5 of the race.
There, you will find signs to customize, thunder sticks and other noisemakers and live entertainment to keep you (and the runners) energized.
There is entertainment and designated “fun zones” throughout the course, which goes into Miami Beach and back through downtown Miami and Coconut Grove, over the Rickenbacker Causeway and onto Brickell Avenue heading toward the full marathon finish.
Other great places to cheer and motivate the runners include outside Publix at 1045 Dade Blvd. in Miami Beach, at Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove, at the Rickenbacker Causeway on the port side of Key Biscayne and at 1101 Brickell Ave., closing in on the finish.
Six months ago Miami Beach resident Bryan Huberty broke his hip when he fell during a training run. On Saturday morning, the hip was strong enough to carry him to a 16-minute 28-second victory over a field of 1,815 in the 11th annual Tropical 5K.
The 3.1 miler began at the Children’s Museum on Watson Island and ended at South Point on Miami Beach after taking runners across two bridges along the MacArthur Causeway.
After a slow start Huberty, 36, broke away from a pack of five at Mile One while running past six giant cruise ships anchored to his right at the Port of Miami. Despite battling 20-mph crosswinds the last mile after descending a bridge on the east end of MacArthur Causeway, the track coach at the Hebrew Academy was able to maintain a 6:04 pace.
Taking second in 17:20 was Christian Lopez, a tourist from Colombia, who finished 17 seconds ahead of Leo Gamboa Sanchez of Costa Rica.
Also feeling strong around Mile One was Ashley Kollme, 31, of Washington, the women’s winner in 18:48. Kollme beat women’s runner-up Marlene Persson of Deerfield Beach by 59 seconds.
Men’s overall: 1. Bryan Huberty, Miami Beach, 16:28; 2. Cristian Leonardo Clavijo Lopez, Chia, Colombia, 17:20; 3. Leo Gamboa Sanchez, Cartago, Costa Rica, 17:37; Masters: 1. Marc Woodcock, Glen Ellyn, IL, 19:05; 12 and under: 1. Nicolas Monteagudo, 20:53; 13-15: Jose Penalver, 18:15; 16-19: 1. Daniel De Barros, 20:23; 20-24: 1. Kevin Cote, 19:41; 25-29: 1. Bryan Sharkey, 17:55; 30-34: 1. Robert Martinez, 19:22; 35-39: 1. Leonardo Martinez, 17:39; 40-44: 1. Rodolfo Perez, 20:28; 45-49: 1. Jose Manuel Mercado, 20:00; 50-54: 1. Leochel Lordeus, 19:45; 55-59: 1. Randy Frankel, 20:56; 60-64: 1. Patrick Gaughan, 19:28; 65-69: 1. David Leahy, 23:50; 70-74: 1. Darrell Windle, 31:21; 75 and over: 1. Michael Goldsman, 29:57
Women’s overall: 1. Ashley Kollme, Washington, D.C., 18:48; 2. Marlene Persson, Deerfield Beach, 19:47; 3. Carlie Pipe, Worthing, Barbados, 20:05; Masters: 1. Stella Shalem, Miami Beach, 21:05; 12 and under: 1. Sofia Karpawich, 24:17; 13-15: 1. Helen Alba, 29:29; 16-19: 1. Bernarda Vanroy, 25:52; 20-24: 1. Andrea Harrah, 20:46; 25-29: 1. Alejandra Neira, 23:01; 30-34: 1. Alvaro Zepeda, 22:16; 35-39: 1. Alejandra Cedeno, 20:58; 40-44: 1. Danie Matusik, 21:56; 45-49: 1. Arlene Score, 21:19; 50-54: 1. Susan Kooiman, 22:41; 55-59: 1. Anniebee Stemer, 23:09; 60-64: 1. Lauren O’Connor, 25:27; 65-69: 1. Marilyn Whipple, 25:38; 70-74: 1. Mary Ellen Solano, 43:23; 75 and over: 1. Margie Durkin, 51:58