Reg­is­tra­tion still open for Mi­ami Marathon

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - From Mi­ami Her­ald Staff Re­ports

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.

GOLF

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).

HORSE RACING

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.

MAX REED For the Mi­ami Her­ald

Run­ners take off at the tra­di­tional start of the Mi­ami Marathon and Half Marathon in front of Am­reri­canAir­lines Arena.

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