runner is running near his bicycle at triathlon

Every October triathletes from all over the world come to Miami to prove themselves in one of the world’s most challenging competitions—Ironman. The race consists of swimming, biking, and running through the city.  For those who want to take part and those who want to watch, here’s our guide on how to prepare for Ironman 70.3 Miami.


Athletes train for Ironman for months and even years. The 12-14 hour race requires you to be at your peak physical condition. For a detailed workout plan check out these Active articles on How to Train for Your First Ironman and The 4 Rules of Ironman Training. Participants will swim through the waters of Biscayne Bay, bike through Everglades National Park, and run past sites like the American Airlines Arena and the Pérez Art Museum—so it’s a good idea to get familiar with the terrain before the race.

Watching Ironman

There are several ways to watch and track your favorite athlete or just enjoy the race. You can watch it live online on the day of the race or track an athlete as they make their way to the finish line. Competitors can be seen from many public areas throughout the race like Bayfront Park, Bayside Market, and Watson Island Park so just plant yourself at a spot and wait for them to come by. For a map of the course visit the website.

Other Things to Remember

  • Competition takes place October 23rd, 2016.
  • Miami brings the heat so don’t forget to bring water.
  • Make sure you have the right gear whether you’re running or just watching. That means having good shoes, sun protection, and shades.
  • Miami has lots of restaurants, shopping outlets, and nightlife so after the race make sure to indulge in all it has to offer.
  • Ironman Miami offers 50 qualifying slots to the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship
  • Don’t forget to book here to stay with the Blue Moon Hotel during the race.