Life Time Launches Virtual Run in Place of Canceled Miami Marathon


Life Time might have canceled the 2021 Miami Marathon, but that isn’t stopping them from encouraging the South Florida fitness community to get out and run in January. Dubbed #VirtuallyFamousMiami - the program is the first ever rendition of the world-famous Miami Marathon & Half Marathon set to take place January 10 - 31, 2021.

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So how does it work? There are seven options to choose from in the #VirtuallyMiamiFamous wired by the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon presented by cbdMD, ranging from a short 5K to a full marathon. Guests can choose to run one, two, or all three of the distance options between the dates, giving runners the ultimate form of flexibility. Want your entire run to be full of those epic Miami views the Miami Marathon is known for? Then plan your run accordingly.

Participants will receive a generous range of swag, depending on their level of participation. Swag includes a t-shirt, water bottle, and cap, with all runners receiving a customizable stackable spinning finishers medal.

“This year has been unlike anything we have ever experienced so let me start off by saying we sincerely hope you and your loved ones are well, and have found ways to stay positive, active and hopeful during this challenging time,” said Miami Marathon founder, Frankie Ruiz in an open letter on the Miami Marathon’s website

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Ruiz continues, “the decision to cancel weighs heavily upon us. It is our pride and joy to host thousands of runners from all over the world each year here in our magical city. But we must each do what is necessary to protect our community and ourselves. Remember that we will get through this together and we can’t wait to see you again at our Miami Famous start line.”

The pandemic has challenged families as a whole this year, and Life Time acknowledges that and wants to get the whole family active and running in January with the Life Time Kids Run Miami Virtual 5K. Youth, ages 4-12 across the country are encouraged to complete their own virtual 5K between January 10 - 31, 2021 – the same time frame as the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon virtual event, #VirtuallyMiamiFamous – either all at once or across multiple days. Students will be provided an online training program crafted by Ruiz, that they may follow to build up to the virtual 5K in January. Plus, all finishers will earn their own medal.

For more information on the #VirtuallyMiamiFamous wired by the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon presented by cbdMD, visit

Follow the Miami Marathon on social media:

  • Instagram: @themiamimarathon
  • Facebook: @Miami Marathon
  • Twitter: @RunMiami
  • Hashtags: #VirtuallyMiamiFamous / #KidsRunMiami

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