Registration still open for Miami Marathon
Registration remains open for the 17th annual Miami Marathon and Half Marathon on Jan. 27, a race renowned as not only a test of strength and will, but also a desired escape and experience during the month of January.
The Fitbit Tropical 5K will take place on Jan. 26. More than 20,000 runners are expected to participate throughout the weekend activities.
Registration is $150 for the Marathon, $135 for the Half Marathon and $50 for the Fitbit Tropical 5K.
Known for its USTAFcertified, flat, single-loop and Boston-qualifying course, the Fitbit Miami Marathon produced by
Life Time is attractive to both veterans and firsttimers alike. The course boasts one of the longest open times in the nation, making it ideal for firsttime participants, remaining open for six hours, with the finish line open for seven, allowing a 16minute/mile average time.
Both new and returning athletes are mutually attracted to the scenic route, providing a winter escape to many, which starts outside of American Airlines Arena and traverses MacArthur Causeway to Miami Beach before returning to Miami via the Venetian Causeway, navigating through the art district and finishing in the beautiful bay area.
This year’s event will also feature impressive new activations by top sponsors, Fitbit, Michelob ULTRA, Athlinks, Avelina, Baptist Health, Carnival, Florastor, Gatorade Endurance, HOKA, Takeya and Technogym, all providing premier event entertainment.
Event owner and producer Life Time, Inc. is upping its investment in this year’s event to host exclusive VIP opportunities in partnership with Technogym, the world leader in fitness and home wellness products and official supplier to the last seven Olympic Games. The VIP experience will take the entire event experience to a new level, including perks such as valet parking, concierge service, premium swag, pre- and post-race massage, cocktail reception and more.
Go to themiami marathon.com for registration and more information.
If Nina Lang could somehow get her rounds off to a good start, she might really be running away with the 55th Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championships at the Biltmore golf course.
The German entrant again overcame what she described as a sluggish start with a strong back nine, firing her second consecutive 4-under-par 67 Saturday to ease out to a four-shot lead with one round to play.
“At the beginning it’s always hard for me to get into it,” said Lang, who used consecutive birdies at Nos. 15-17 to open some distance between her and Peru’s Daniela Ballesteros. “It takes two, three holes to get into it — then when I’m in, it’s good.”
The boys’ division shapes up to be a two-man duel after Italy’s Andrea Romano closed with four consecutive birdies for a 66 that left him even with Alex Vogelsong (70).
Vogelsong birdied two of his final three holes in an up-and-down day at the Biltmore golf course, leaving them deadlocked at 10-under 203. Next comes Britain’s Barclay Brown, five shots back in third.
“Just no parts of my game were really on,” said Vogelsong of Palm City, who opened the week with rounds of 67-66. “I couldn’t get really close to flags; not a lot of my putts managed to fall.”
Sunday’s champions will join a Junior Orange Bowl roster featuring such standouts as Tiger Woods (1991), Hall of Famer Inbee Park (2002) and reigning LPGA Player of the Year Ariya Jutanugarn (2010).
Centennial Farms’ Mihos rallied off the pace to make his stakes debut a winning one in the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream Park.
The Mucho Macho Man, the first stakes on Gulfstream’s Road to the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1), was the last of five stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday’s 11-race program.
Mihos, who was sent to post as the 5-2 second betting choice in a field of six, brought a two-race experience into the oneturn mile stakes. The son of Cairo Prince raced evenly to finish third at six furlongs in his debut at Belmont Sept. 23 before rallying to capture a sixfurlong maiden special weight race Nov. 24 at Aqueduct.
“He was resolute, that’s for sure. That’s kind of typical of him,” trainer Jimmy Jerkens said. “The first two races, he kept coming.
“Even when he looked like he didn’t have the best of it, he gives himself a little breather and then comes again.”
William S. Farish’s Code of Honor, who went to post as the 4-5 favorite, was never a serious factor while finishing fourth, 7 1⁄
2 lengths behind the winner.
Mihos ran a mile in 1:37.56 under Jose Ortiz.
Runners take off at the traditional start of the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon in front of AmrericanAirlines Arena.