Marathon road closings

Road race courses often cross the Venetian Causeway beside the Cathedral.  Ringers have come to expect delays on race days.

  • Allow 15 to 20 minutes extra to reach the tower.
  • The best approach is usually from the north (see map), aiming for N Bayshore Dr and the NE 16th St entrance.
  • The north end of Bayshore Dr is at NE 22nd St.  If you need to move off Biscayne Blvd sooner, NE 24th St is the northernmost cross street from which you can make your way to Bayshore.
  • 395 (MacArthur Causeway) will usually have re-opened by ringing time, and the Biscayne Blvd exit may have re-opened as well, but police on the course will hold up drivers until there is a gap in the runners, usually a long wait.  It’s better to approach from 195 (Julia Tuttle Causeway).

Road race courses usually do a “rolling re-open”, with each segment of the course re-opening as the last runners either clear it or are picked up by the slow-runner van and ferried back to the staging area.

The Miami Marathon today started at 6:15am, with the Cathedral roughly at the 10.5 mile point.  The wheelchair competitors and fastest runners had passed by around 7:15am, but there was still a steady stream of slower runners and walkers until about 10:00am when the rolling re-open reached the Cathedral.

Upcoming road races affecting ringing:

For both these races, the only access to the Cathedral area will be from 195 heading east, at the Biscayne Blvd exit, or from the Venetian Causeway but only for ringers starting from South Beach.

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