By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The Halloween Half Marathons were born ten years ago with the idea of merging a typical marathon and a fun and different theme to create a unique experience. Its success speaks for itself as they return once more to Miami Beach’s South Pointe Park at 1 Washington Avenue, this October 26th at 6:30 AM promptly.
As the Halloween Half Marathon team explained it, “We were looking for a unique “hook” to add into a tradition running event. The answer came in the form of a nudge from the special events team from Miami beach.”
They continued, “They asked us if we would be willing to stage an event in the newly renovated South Pointe Park in October. The light bulb in our heads lit up once the October timeframe came into play… Hallowen!”
The Halloween Half Marathon Series takes place in three cities in the US during the same weekend, Miami Beach, Atlanta and Fayeteville, NC. The Miami Beach event has become so popular, this year a Freakky 4-Miler shorter race was added. This one will also start at South Pointe Park at 6:50 AM, both finishing at the same location.
Runners can register in different categories according to their age and gender, and of course, costume or no costume. However, costumes are highly encouraged, since it is part of makes the race standout.
In addition, winners of the first, second and third place in all categories will receive a medal in the shape of a Halloween themed “Featured Creature.”
Previous years have included vampires, bats, zombies and werewolves, but for 2019, the chosen creature is a skeleton.
The registration fee for the Halloween Half Marathon is $100 per runner, and $95 for teams of four persons or more, children from ten years-old are welcome, and adults up to 90 years-old. The registration fee for the Freaky 4-miler is $45 per runner, and $40 for teams of four or more people.
There will be tents at the Finish Line that feature food, water, electrolyte beverages, and medical support. Additionally, all our post-race activities will take place at South Pointe Park.