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The Athlete's Guide to Miami

There’s more to be gleaned from the city’s white-sand beaches than a deep tan

Who cares about your tan? Miami will get you fit. (Photo: Peter Frank Edwards)

The city boasts more races than ever (from marathons to fat biking), thriving fitness communities, and as always, approximately 365 days of perfect conditions for playing.


Rickenbacker Causeway 

A segregated bike path allows for 40-mile out-and-backs. Ride it alone, or join one of Bells Bicycles’ two weekend group rides. 


(Photo: Peter Frank Edwards)

Hobie Beach 

So many locals run, bike, and swim at this bayside spot on Virginia Key that it’s unofficially called Tri Beach. Bring your A game: four-time world champion Leanda Cave trains here, too.

Go Multi-Sport

Mountain biking at Oleta River State Park (Photo: Peter Frank Edwards)

Oleta River State Park 

The 1,043-acre park has 15 miles of trails, a stretch of river for canoeing, and a saltwater lagoon for swim­ming. Rent canoes and mountain bikes at BG Oleta River Outdoors

Find Some Vert

Vista View Park in Davie Florida is one of the few places in the area that offers hills (Photo: Peter Frank Edwards)

Vista View Park 

Miami is flat. But you can get a bit of hill training at nearby Vista View, a former landfill that now houses 272 acres of rolling terrain. 


Juice & Java has one of the best Acai bowls in town (Photo: Peter Frank Edwards)

Juice and Java 

Great post-training salads and wraps


Biscayne National Park

Trawl for giant bonefish—pound for pound, the hardest-fighting fish in the world. Steve Horowitz of Kestrel Outfitters can get you to the goods. 


F1rst Surf Supply founder Christian De La Iglesia, Miami, FL (Photo: Peter Frank Edwards)

South Pointe 

Good waves are rare in ­Miami, which makes it a great place to flatwater SUP. Rent a board from F1rst Surf Supply Co.

Local Pro

(Photo: Peter Frank Edwards)

Dave Hughes, Olympic Sailor

“Lokal serves up on-point burgers, veggie options, and local beers. It’s a nice treat after a hard week of training. Order the 50/50 fries.”

Local Joe

Frankie Ruiz, Co-founder of the Miami Marathon (Photo: Peter Frank Edwards)

Frankie Ruiz, Cofounder of the Miami Marathon 

“One of my favorite running spots is the Long Pine Key Trail. It takes you through a couple of different habitats in the Everglades and is about 45 minutes out of town.”

From Outside Magazine, December 2016
Filed To: Miami
Lead Photo: Peter Frank Edwards
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