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Posted: January 20, 2016:  

Athletics: Miami Marathon Course Lined With Entertainment Diversions For Runners

Cheer teams, bands, drumlines set to support runners throughout course

The 24,000 runners taking part in Sunday's Miami Marathon and Half Marathon will find a lot of encouragement along the way in the form of a variety of entertainment to help make crossing the finish line that much easier.

Entertainment is always a large part of the Marathon experience at Miami and this year-from the moment local rising artist Ariel Rose again performs the National Anthem at the start line to when the dance band El Side Project entertains at the Post Race party-runners will have plenty to distract them from the toughness of the endurance test.

"We're committed to providing a fabulous experience for both participants and spectators during race weekend and take great pride in showcasing the talents of the city from world renowned DJ's to up-and-coming artists and bands," said Race Director Javier Sanchez. "The finish line festival this year will feature the best of this culturally diverse hotspot, Miami-style."

On course entertainment will include 9 DJs and 6 Bands, plus Drum Lines and Color Guards fromCoral Springs High School, Miami Killian High School, Miami Coral Park High School and the South Florida Center for Percussive Arts.

There will be seven Cheer Zones. Baptist Health is sponsoring Cheer Zones at 1100 Washington Ave in Miami Beach, the Omni Cheer Zone (including the music of Xpresso), and at 2600 Brickell Ave. Team Lifeline will have a Community Cheer Zone at 5th And Alton Road on Miami Beach. Friendship Circle International will have a Cheer Zone at NE 15th Ave and N Miami Ave. Lululemon Cheer Zone will be at N. Miami Ave between NW 13th and NW 11th Terrace. Christ Fellowship Cheer Zone will be at North Miami Ave. and NW. 5th Street. The Miami Parrot Head Club will have its traditional Cheer Zone at Key Biscayne. And the Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Florida will have a Community Cheer Zone at 1101 Brickell Ave.

Kids Run Miami will feature appearances by mascots Stanley C Panther of the Florida Panthers and Billy The Marlin of the Florida Marlins plus a live band performance from Guitars over Guns.

El Side Project, the band which recorded the Official Marathon Song "Go", will blend rhythms from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico in its performance at the post-race party inside Bayfront Park.

About the Miami Marathon

The Miami Marathon is Florida's elite distance race weekend with over 25,000 runners representing all 50 states and more than 80 countries converging on Miami and South Beach to experience one of the most unique courses in the world. The race has come a long way since 3,400 runners participated in the first Miami Marathon in 2003. Participants include elite runners, top age-group competitors, and many thousands who run for charity and to achieve their own personal goals. Together they enjoy the tropical views and the sounds of South Florida, with a diverse array of entertainment blended into the experience, and generate more than $50 million in total economic impact for the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County. Race route map can be found at:

About Life TimeSM, The Healthy Way of Life Company

Life Time is a privately held, comprehensive health and lifestyle company that offers a personalized and scientific approach to long-term health and wellness. Through its portfolio of distinctive resort-like destinations, athletic events and corporate health services, the Healthy Way of Life Company helps members achieve their goals everyday with the support of a team of dedicated professionals and an array of proprietary health assessments. As of January 17, 2016 the company operates 117 centers in 26 states and 34 major markets under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC® brands in the United States and Canada. Additional information is available at

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