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Getting to the Everglades | Hotels & Camping | Restaurants | Activities

 

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Getting to the Everglades

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Flying

Flying into Miami is going to be your best bet. Miami International Airport is about an hour drive to the course and will have lots of flight options.

Driving

Everglades National Park is located on the southern tip of Florida, so directions are fairly uniform. If you’re looking for a course address to plug in to your maps on your phone, you can use 36000 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33194 (the Shark Valley Visitors Center).

In general, if you’re driving from out of state, you’ll want to connect with I-75 and take it all the way down Florida, until you can connect with Route 29. Take Route 29 south until you connect with Highway 41, which you’ll take east to Shark Valley Visitors Center.

East Coast: If you’re coming from the East Coast, you can take I-95 all the way down through Miami to Highway 41. Take Highway 41 west to Shark Valley Visitors Center! There are likely less congested ways to get here from the East Coast, so be sure to plan ahead and use a maps app if you can.

Hotels & Camping

We have a few important addresses for you before we get into lodging recommendations:

Biscayne 5K Course & Everglades Half Marathon Expo – Homestead Bayfront Park (9698 SW 328th St, Homestead, FL 33033)

Everglades Half Marathon Course – Shark Valley Visitor Center (36000 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33194).

Don’t let the Miami address throw you! It’s not exactly near Miami. But you can use that address to find lodging nearby. We have some more info about where to look for lodging below.

Hotels

MICCOSUKEE RESORT & CASINO
miccosukee-logoMiccosukee Resort & Casino is a great location for lodging. Just outside of Miami, it’s located about 25 minutes away from the expo and start line! This will be your closest hotel option to the half marathon parking, shuttles, and course. Learn more and make a reservation here!

500 S.W. 177th Avenue, Miami, FL 33194
12.1.-12.3 Deluxe Double Queen Rooms $179 + 9.7% tribal tax
Complimentary Wifi included
To redeem this special rate, call (877) 242-6464 and mention group reservation code: GERUN17 or email reservations@miccosukee.com

COURTYARD MIAMI HOMESTEAD
The best of Southeast Florida is yours to discover here at the Courtyard Miami Homestead. Our hotel is ideally located near Florida City and offers easy access to the Keys, as well as to the attractions and activities of downtown Miami. Make yourself at home in our stylish rooms and suites, which feature amenities like free Wi-Fi access and plush bedding, as well as a mini-fridge and microwave. Pullout sofa beds in many of our accommodations add flexibility to your stay. Enjoy delicious American dining at The Bistro, or challenge yourself to a workout in the fitness center. Additional amenities for your Florida City-area visit include free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi access in the hotel lobby.

In addition to being a convenient gateway to the keys, our hotel offers access to the Biscayne and Everglades National Parks, as well as NASCAR events at the nearby Homestead-Miami Speedway. Come see why the Courtyard Miami Homestead is not just an idyllic stopping point – it’s a destination in itself.

We welcome you to stay with us at a discounted rate. You can make your reservations by calling 305-257-4333, or online by visiting our special link for Everglades half runners. Reservations must be made by October 20th to receive special promo.

TOWNEPLACE SUITES MY MARRIOT® MIAMI HOMESTEAD
The TownePlace Suites by Marriott® Miami Homestead welcomes guests to our spacious, comfortable and home-like accommodations for short or extended-stays. Ideally situated 30 miles south of Miami International Airport, 20 miles north of the Florida Keys and nestled between Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Nearby is the Homestead Air Force Reserve Base, FPL Turkey Point and Homestead Miami Speedway. Enjoy outlet/ retail shopping, restaurants and attractions within close proximity. Relax and feel at home in our studio, one and two-bedroom suites including complimentary Wi-Fi and a well lit work area; 32-inch flat screen TV’s with premium movie channels; kitchen amenities, and daily housekeeping services. Stays include a free breakfast buffet served daily, complimentary parking, fitness center, and outdoor pool, patio equipped with grills and a sports court. The TownePlace Suites by Marriott® Miami Homestead welcomes travelers to rest easy with true home-like comfort.

We are offering runners a special rate of $145/night if booked by October 20th. Call 305-248-2001 to make your reservations or book online here.

HAMPTON INN & SUITES MIAMI-SOUTH/HOMESTEAD
The friendly team at Hampton Inn & Suites Miami-South/Homestead will be delighted to serve you during your stay at our hotel in Homestead. If your plans include meetings in downtown Homestead, just 3 miles away, or a relaxing vacation at the beach, you’ll find a comfortable home away from home in our south Miami hotel. Our location is 3 miles from Homestead-Miami Speedway, about 5 miles from outlet shopping and less than 10 miles to Everglades National Park. Take advantage of our free hot breakfast to start your day right before discovering nearby attractions. Each of our guest rooms and suites features a clean and fresh Hampton bed® and free WiFi.

We welcome runners of the Everglades Half Marathon to enjoy a special rate of $129/night. Book by October 20th to receive this special rate. You can make reservations online here or by phone by calling 305-257-7000.

camping

Camping

Due to the fact that this race takes place within Everglades National Park boundaries, your closest lodging options are going to be camping spots. Big Cypress is a great option. You can find campsites in Big Cypress here.

Other options

If camping isn’t your style, expect about an hour drive from the surrounding towns. Below are a few places to look for hotels:

Homestead is probably your best option for race weekend, especially if you’re doing the Biscayne 5K or double race. It’s near the 5K course and race expo, and it’s not too far from the half marathon course. This location is on the east side of the park, and will be convenient for anyone flying into Miami.

Everglades City is a great option if you’re running the half marathon. It’s near the race and also close to the Sandfly Loop for those wishing to join the Island Club. Heads up, it is a bit of a drive from the expo.

Miami is a great option, depending on where you find a hotel. Places on the western side of town will be quite close to the race (about a 40 minute drive).

Restaurants

Thanks to the Oyster House Restaurant for hosting us in 2016. We’ll have restaurants recommendations for 2017 soon.

Activities

Thanks to Glades Haven Marina for helping make race weekend extra fun in 2016! We’ll have activity partners for 2017 soon.

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