Tens of thousands of runners took to the streets of downtown Miami for the 12th annual Lifetime marathon early Sunday morning.
According to general manager and race director Javier Sanchez, there was a sold out crowd of 25 thousand participants. The race started at 6:15AM in front of the American Airlines Arena, and runners made their way through Miami Beach, Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne.
In addition to the gorgeous scenery, there was plenty to keep the runners motivated and entertained. "We've got our 40 entertainment stations featuring bands from local high schools, colleges, drum lines, cheerleaders, mascots, you name it," Sanchez said. "[They're] all there just to help remind people that it's a fun event."
“I’m so excited. This is my fourth year in a row for doing it and I love it, it’s awesome,” one runner said. “It’s really beautiful to do this in Miami, the water is so spectacular, you know you run by the ocean, the sky is gorgeous so it’s really ideal,” said another runner.
If you're wondering who won the exuberant 26.2 mile race, it was Samuel Kipkosgei Malakwen of Kenya, crossing the finish line in 2 hours 19 minutes and 46 seconds. He also earned a $2,000 prize, according to The Miami Herald. The runner up was Julius Kirwa Choge, also from Kenya, finishing in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 42 seconds.