You may be right, I may be crazy.
But it just may be a lunatic you're looking for.
Turn out the light, Don't try to save me.
You may be wrong for all I know,
But you may be right. You May Be Right -Billy Joel
I have always been a proud South Floridian. While I live in Fort Lauderdale, one of my favorite Marathons/Half-Marathons is the Miami Marathon in late January. When the course was announced in the fall of 2002, I signed up for it immediately due primarily to the beauty of the course. Starting off next to the cruise ships along the Macarthur Causeway, a run through South Beach, back through downtown Miami into Coconut Grove, and finally a run back to the finish along palm tree lined Brickle Avenue, I knew this would be the most picturesque marathon in Florida. I've run either the full or the half each year of this race's existence and recommend the race to any of my running friends looking to escape the winter cold and see a beautiful Miami course.
Now the people who choose the locations for the Ford Ironman 70.3 Series have chosen a half ironman course in Miami that takes into account much of the beauty that is the Miami Marathon. So, even though I have yet to complete the AZIM, I've already signed up for a half ironman over a year from now. I suppose its a little crazy or an act of faith, but I don't want to miss this event. I'm in.
Here is a description of the course from the web site for any of you blogging buddies or Facebook friends that might be interested in the event. I love company and have room at the house for some out of town guests. Register now if interested as these events close out fast. First come, first booked at Casa de Paradise. You may click here or on this blog title to take you to the web site.
SWIM- Participants will swim 1.2 miles (1.9 km), which will be held in the protected waters of Miami Florida. Spectators and athletes will have a great view of Watson Island and The Port of Miami at the beginning of this race. Water temperatures are expected to be between 76-78 degrees (24-26° C). The transition between the swim and bike will take place at the beautiful Bicentennial Park.
BIKE- The majority of the 56-mile bike course encompasses the quiet, scenic communities of Miami. The athletes will head north to Watson Island making a loop heading back south to Homestead. During this ride, the athletes will pass great architecture work consisting of classic and modern mansions as well as a mini tour of the Mediterranean Style City of Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and Pinecrest.
RUN- The running course takes athletes on a 13.1 miles (21 km) run alongside the waters of Miami. As the runners make their way through this course, they will experience one of the most popular and beautiful ports around the world; Port of Miami. This is where most of the cruise lines depart to make their way to their destination points. On the opposite side, there will be the gorgeous Watson and Star Island. The course will consist of a two loops with the U-turn at Macarthur Causeway.