The running options in downtown Miami aren’t fantastic. It’s congested and car-centric, with hotels and apartment buildings blocking what could be a more seamless and scenic waterfront route. However, it is possible to put together a decent waterfront run of several miles, with a few less pleasant connection points. We’ve broken our route into three parts, which can be done as a longer run or in sections. The longer run is ~6 miles, between Rickebacker Causeway and MacArthur Causeway /Maurice A. Ferré Park. One option: run the 6.4 miles from Rickenbacker Causeway north to Maurice A. Ferré Park and take the light rail back!
Brickell Route – Rickenbacker Causeway to Brickell Point. 3.6 miles one-way. Brickell is Miami’s financial center, lined with large towers and condos. From the Rickenbacker Causeway, it’s about 2.5 miles through the Brickell area. Decent sidewalk along RT. 1, and then follow Brickell Bay Dr., with a couple of nice waterfront sections, to Brickell Key Dr., for a ~1 mile loop around Brickell Key.
Brickell Point to Maurice A. Ferré Park. 2.8 miles one-way. This is the nicest and most seamless section. From Brickell Point, take the scenic Brickell Ave. Bridge, and then run along the Miami Riverwalk to the Bayfront Path and through lovely Bayfront Park. Then, loop around the American Airlines arena and continue along the water on the Baywalk Path to Maurice A. Ferré Park. Longer run: connect to our Venetian Causeway route.
Riverwalk Path. 1.1 miles one-way. This path runs on the north side of the Miami River, from Bayfront Park to just past the 2nd Ave. Bridge. There are a couple of interrupted sections. One can also run on the south side of the river, but not the whole way. This path is a bit of a work in progress, with continued improvements/expansion, but also construction requiring detours.
- Rickenbacker Causeway to Ferré Park is 6 miles one-way, but can be done in sections; Riverwalk is 1.1 miles one-way
- Fairly flat
- Depends on section chosen.
- A light rail line runs just west of Brickell Ave./ Biscayne Blvd.