Sun, water, heat, and beach are the defining words of running in Miami. Considering the weather and the unique geography, Miami should be a running mecca, but finding good routes takes a little doing. Running options downtown are limited. Most of the ‘iconic’ runs in Miami incorporate the beach, or some of the unique bridges that connect the city to other pieces of land.

The highlight of Miami running is the several miles of paved running path along Miami beach, with great views of the water and skyline, and always festive with lots of other folks out there. The Key Biscayne area has some wonderful running. Coconut Grove area, 5 miles south of downtown is also a highlight. Crodon Park and Oleta River Park are some good running options a little inland.

Miami is very flat. Not the place for hill training. The weather is great. Sunny nearly every day. Given the strong sun, heat, and humidity, you’ll have to calibrate when you run, and pay extra attention to hydration.

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Miami Beach

Miami, FL

One of the great urban beaches. The wide sand beach stretches for nearly ten miles from south to north with a running path along most of the way. South Beach is where the action is .
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Oleta River Trail

Miami, FL

At 1,043 acres, this is Florida’s largest urban park. There are 14 miles of recreational trails, highly used for mountain biking. Best bet option for runners is the 3-mile paved trail or the 4-mile ‘novice’ biking trail.
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Coconut Grove

Miami, FL

One of the nicest neighborhoods in Miami. Very lush and green. A pleasant run in Coconut Grove incorporates some of the residential streets, with beautiful vegetation, grand old homes, and some waterfront sections.
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Miami Beach

Miami, FL

One of the great urban beaches. The wide sand beach stretches for nearly ten miles from south to north with a running path along most of the way. South Beach is where the action is .
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Coconut Grove

Miami, FL

One of the nicest neighborhoods in Miami. Very lush and green. A pleasant run in Coconut Grove incorporates some of the residential streets, with beautiful vegetation, grand old homes, and some waterfront sections.
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Miami has a tropical climate, so  heat and humidity are factors. It is sunny nearly every day. The best season for running is winter, with average highs of 75F in January. From May through October, Miami’s weather is hot–average highs around 90F (32C) and lows rarely dipping below 70F (21C). It is also very humid, nearly year-round. In the warmer months, you will have to be aware of the sun and heat — try to run early in the morning or in the evening. Being close to the equator, day length is evenly distributed throughout the year.

Precipitation-wise, Miami gets 60+ inches of rain a year. Winter is dry season and there is rarely all day rain. In summer, it’s tropical, with rain or thunderstorm nearly an almost daily occurrence.

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There are tons of hotels in Miami. There are particular clusters in downtown Miami, and along stretches of Miami Beach. If you are at a downtown hotel, the running options aren’t great. Most folks point you to Brickell. But it’s not seamless or all that runner friendly, in parts. Miami Beach is very spread out. There are hotels all along the way, but a good cluster near running is South Beach. There are also hotels in the heart of Coconut Grove.

There is a good number of locally owned running stores in Miami. Here is a break down by area.

Downtown

Fit2Run. Great local store. 4 other locations in Miami. Group events nearly every day
The Athlete’s Foot. Vintage style. Location also in Miami Beach

Miami Beach

Fit2Run. Great local store. 4 other locations in Miami. Group events nearly every day
The Athlete’s Foot. In the Lincoln Mall
Footworks. South Beach. Fun runs Tues & Thurs. Calendar

North

iRun.
Runners’ Depot. Good local store around for 15 years.

Florida Running Calendar  — comprehensive list of race events, from the Fit2Run web site