Party in the city where the heat is on, all night on the beach to the break of dawn, welcome to Miami.
Will Smith may have had it right. Known for beautiful beaches, weather and delicious mojitos, Miami has become an endurance athlete’s paradise. Many people are visiting the city to take advantage of its warm weather winters and flat races. But that is not the only reason to plan a trip to this wonderful city.
As an alum of the U, I was lucky enough to live there for four years. So of course I have my favorite destinations. These are the top six places run the next time you visit Miami. Plus, if you are racing, we provided five restaurants to make sure you eat at and enjoy yourself.
Brickell and Brickell Key
Before you hit downtown Miami, you will go through a lovely part called Brickell. It’s a cute, fun area, with lots of apartments, businesses and young residents. Brickell also has some of the most wonderful views of the bay especially from Brickell Key, a one mile man-made island, that is perfect for a short loop.
Kennedy Park and South Bayshore
If you head on over to Coconut Grove, you will meet up with South Bayshore—a hidden gem. With old school Florida homes (stucco and lots of it), views of the water and marina, South Bayshore hooks up with Kennedy Park. There you will find lots of runners and walkers out on the weekend, taking in the sun and playing with their pets.
Rickenbacker Causeway and Key Biscayne
Want to climb the one hill in Miami? Head on over to the Rickenbacker Causeway and Key Biscayne. If you continue along South Bayshore, you will eventually run into the causeway that will take you over to Key Biscayne. This bridge has a shoulder for runners and cyclists and contains the only hill that you are technically allowed to ride on. In the morning it will be filled with many people running to get in those hill workouts in the very flat Miami neighborhoods.
South Pointe Park, Miami Beach boardwalk and South Beach
If you are making your way over to South Beach (which you should), this is a three-in-one recommendation. Head on over to South Pointe Park before you venture to the Miami Beach boardwalk. This is a cute little park, full of many runners and people taking advantage of the weather. This park leads to the official part of “South Beach” and its running paths. The paved path eventually turns into a boardwalk, but goes on for many blocks. Runners are treated to beautiful views of the ocean. Want to put those toes in the sand? You will find many other locals hitting the hard sand to get in their walks or runs. South Beach is beautiful but don’t be surprised if you see interesting individuals.
A part of the Miami marathon course, this cute man-made chain of islands allows runners and cyclists to take advantage of its two lane road to get from downtown Miami to the beaches. Many people reside in this neighborhood and there is a toll booth to get onto the island, so in a gist it’s very private. The causeway takes runners into North Miami Beach.
University of Miami
Have to give a shout out to the alma mater. There is a three-mile paved route that goes around the university. This allows runners to take in all of the sites on campus. Plus it’s in Coral Gables, which is a beautiful and historic neighborhood.
The Best Restaurants For Runners
Looking for some local restaurants to chow down at? Try one of these amazing places.
Doraku: This sushi restaurant is located on Lincoln Road in South Beach. It’s my all time favorite place to go to before I race in Miami. The food is delicious. I highly recommend the red dragon roll!
The River: In the mood for some seafood? Check out this spot in South Miami. Wonderful local and organic options for seafood and a cute atmosphere. Plus the drinks are exquisite!
Balans: Who doesn’t love brunch, especially after a race? If you are in Brickell, make sure you visit Balans. Their brunch is to die for. On the weekends there are very long wait times, so reserve early!
Burger and Beer Joint: If you’re looking for a casual restaurant, Burger and Beer Joint has wonderful options to choose from. Despite the name, there are plenty of vegetarian dishes. As someone who doesn’t eat meat, this is a great place for everyone.
Greenstreet Café: Located in Coconut Grove, Greenstreet has delicious cocktails, dinner and brunch. A wonderful place to visit with a very cute, Parisian ambiance.
So as you can tell, I love Miami and it’s not just because of the school! Miami is a great city with a lot to offer, especially endurance events. Next time you visit, make sure you check out these running hotspots!
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