Running Races in Miami 2016

running races in Miami

Top Running Races in Miami

In honor of the Equipaws Motto “Fit, Happy, Healthy” and the New Year we are kicking off the season sharing the top five running races in Miami. The wonderful thing about Miami is you walk out to paradise everyday of the year and have no excuse not to get outside and get moving. Although our furry friends can’t join us on the race day, they can always encourage and help you train (not to worry, they have their own Paws4You Run Fur Fun in April)! So get outside, get moving and get involved.  The following races support an incredible cause and offer a running experience that is anything but ordinary.

Miami Marathon
When: January 24th, 2016
Where: Downtown Miami
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The Miami Marathon is the largest race in the South Florida region where thousands of participants have come over the past 13 years to race for a cause.  You can participate in the Fun Run, 5K, 10K, half marathon or the full.  The course begins at American Airlines arena and brings you over the McArthur Causeway and continuing through the chaotic streets of Miami Beach, then looping you back through downtown.  The full marathon runners will continue down Brickell Ave and all participants end for a fun festival in Bayfront Park.  The celebration is complete with refreshments, food and music.  Over the past decade the Miami Marathon has helped raise several million dollars for various charities.  When registering you have a variety of charities you can choose to support.  What an incredible way to support a cause while getting a full tour of the city of Miami. 

Congratulations to Benazzouz Slimani and Allison Kieffer for winning first place in their respective categories this year! Runners can already sign up for the 2017 Miami Marathon, so be sure to take advantage of the lower prices!

Run2Wyn 5k
Where: Wynwood Art District
When: February 21st, 2016
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Join the inaugural Run2Wyn 5k Charity Run!  Get an up close and personal tour of the Art District of Miami.  The streets and walls are filled with painted, sprayed, and tagged murals from artists from all over the world. This race supports the RAW Project, which stands for Re-Imagining the Arts of Wynwood.  A Foundation with a goal of donating $500,000 to the Jose de Diego middle school, a school which helps children and families of low income housing receive an education.  The fundamentals of art and creative go a long way in children’s development.  A beautiful run with a caring cause!

Live Like Bella Superhero 5K
When: March 5th, 2016
Where: Miami Zoo!
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The Live Like Bella 5K is returning for the 2nd year!  Band together to fight pediatric cancer: summon your inner super power, bring a cape or mask and run as your favorite Superhero through the zoo!  An idea that allows your silly side to come out and support the true superheroes, kids living with cancer.  Bring the family for a day in a beautiful setting full of activities, food, refreshments and music.  Participants also receive free entry to Zoo Miami for the rest of the day.  An unforgettable experience for an incredible cause! #LiveLikeBella while running races in Miami!

Down2earth Trail Run
When: April 24th, 2016
Where: Oleta River State Park
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This race is open to the whole community and offers a very scenic route through the Gilligan’s Island Trail at the beautiful Oleta River State Park.  This run is for a personal cause. Run with a friend or family member through the pine-covered floor and forest of South Florida.  Many of us have fast-paced lives and never stop to breathe in the fresh air and take a little time to enjoy the view.  Spend the rest of the day taking advantage of the beach or water sports, such as kayaking or paddle boarding. (Pro tip: Bring your bug spray!)

Color Fun Fest
When: May 2nd, 2016
Where: Sun Life Stadium
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Get ready to get colorful!  Head to Sun Life Stadium and prepare to be blasted with colored powder while running to electronic dance music! This race is for anyone and everyone, young and old, who love to have fun, be active and support a charitable cause.  This race is supporting Free Arts for Abused Children, a nonprofit organization that gives children that have suffered adversity a chance to express themselves through art. Bringing arts and crafts donations for the kids is encouraged! A second organization involved with this event is called Hope Kids, an institution that helps the families of children with life-threatening medical conditions find hope and enjoy life with a loving and supportive community of compassionate people. Bring smiles to both foundations and come run to support the cause!

Many of the events offer several races such as 5K, 10K, half or full marathon.  We hope you can participate in these worthwhile running races in Miami.  Our team at Equipaws will be supporting and attending several (our pet sitter Meghan just completed the half-marathon at the Miami Marathon- congratulations!). Good Luck and get moving!


Running in Miami with Your Four-Legged Friend

Running in Miami with your dog

Running in Miami with Your Four-Legged Friend

Thinking of making your pup a your partner while running in Miami? Our city is the perfect place to start with beautiful trails that are pet- and pedestrian- friendly. Your pet can be a running partner who goes out rain or shine and will never cancel on your running date- imagine that!  In addition, this gives you a chance to bond with your best furry friend, plus keep you both healthy and fit.

Running in Miami with your pet may seem as simple as throwing on a pair of Nikes and grabbing a leash, but for a successful journey you need to be prepared. Once your veterinarian has cleared your dog for running (and you ease into it with a new running pup!), check out these tips on useful accessories for you and your dog and where to find them in the Miami area.

Get your pup geared up!  You and your pup partner need the correct gear to let you fully benefit and avoid injury to both parties. These can include:

  • Hands-Free Short Leash
  • Waste Bag Dispenser clips
  • Folding Water Pouch & water
  • Reflective or Light up Vest, Collar and Leash (If running in dark)
  • Doggy Back Pack (Keep yourself hands free and store supplies)
  • Dog Safe Sunscreen (The Miami sun can be a scorcher! Dogs have sensitive skin too!)
  • Doggles (Sunglasses for dogs- ok, maybe not practical for running, but they’re cute for after!)

Visit your local REI, PetSmart, or head to the Web!

  • Ruff Wear Inc. – Build performance dog wear so pets can accompany us on our adventures.
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Stock up on running equipment at local running stores:

Address: 11650 N Kendall Drive Miami, FL 33176
Phone: 305-595-RUNS (7867)

SoleRUNNERS was formed by a team of fitness and running experts who share an affection for an active and healthy lifestyle. The store offers a variety of knowledge, apparel, footwear, accessories and nutritional supplements to feed every athletes need.

Address: 1055 SE 1st Ave Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305-358-0400

Passionate runners and Venezuelan natives, Daniel Martinez and Cristina Abuhazi,  created 11Runners in 2011 and haven’t looked back. Located in the heart of Mary Brickell Village, 11 Runners offers a wide variety of sportswear and accessories targeted to runners and triathletes. The store offers running apparel, shoes, nutritional products and accessories.

The Runner’s High
11209 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest/Miami, FL 33156
Phone: 305-255-1500

The Runners High was founded by Bruce R. Wilk and Byron Kilbert.  Bruce is a lifelong runner, amateur triathlete, and physical therapist with a passion of treating running specific injuries.  Byron is a retail footwear specialist with an incredible 20 years of experience. Together a beautiful partnership was born to provide a running store for people of all ages and levels of fitness. They specialize in gait analysis and determine the right shoe for your foot and physical activity.  They offer athletic apparel, footwear, sports medicine needs, and nutrition.

Now that you know where to get materials and will be outfitted to begin this adventure here are the last few tips to get you started with the right paw forward.

Running Tips with Your Dog:

  • Remain in charge: Warm your dog up first, let her sniff and have her potty break. Once you get into the run, you want to avoid letting the dog pull you every which way. You should lead your pup in what you expect from her. Letting your pup pull every which way can make a run difficult and create a negative experience for you both. Don’t let your dog run you! You are running together.
  • Keep your hands free: To improve running endurance, keeping your hands free allows the runner to keep a natural motion and not lean one way or another.  Also, it can save your shoulders and back from tensing when a dog pulls.  Having a leash around your waste is a huge comfort and health benefit!
  • Prepare for weather: Hot, Cold, Rain, Snow or Shine be prepared with the correct equipment. Read our vital tips for running and walking dogs in Miami.
  • Hydration: Make sure you and your pet drink water before and after the run, being careful to not overdo it.
  • Vet visit: Most importantly visit the vet to make sure Fido is fit for the training that lies ahead!

By having the correct accessories and knowledge you can better enjoy the exercise and experience with your pet.  Here’s to your most successful and fun runs yet!


Give Your Dogs a Smile!

English Labrador dog walker dog runner Miami
Happy Hump Day!

Did you know that dogs can smile? We know because they love, love, love going on dog walks (or runs) with us. Exactly like Buddy, here! He’s a lucky English Lab rescued recently by his awesome mom; she loves him so much she’s hired our dog walkers to run with him not once, but four times a week!

His runs keep him smiling and in great shape, too. If you want your dog to explore and have fun while you’re out working, please give us a call! It means the world to us to make your pets happy.

Here are more photos of our happy, smiling, pet clients!