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Athletic Monkey: Top 10 Places to Run in Miami

By Frankie Ruiz, Green Monkey Run Club Manager & Athletic Columnist

"Miami is not viewed by many in the country as the most pedestrian or runner friendly city. We do lack the plentiful running areas that many other destinations in the country have. However, I have found that over the 25 years of my running here there are some places that I can’t imagine never running through. I like to tell runners and even non-runners that the best way to fall in love with your city, or maybe rekindle that pride you once felt for the place you currently call home, is to run on its floors. The views from the ground are so different than from a slow moving car in traffic. Not to mention that there are distinct sounds and scents that you don’t get with your windows rolled up and the AC cranked to high. Some of the spots I list below are different at different times of the day and even year so try to experience them more than once. One other thing I must mention is that I encourage you to be as relentless as possible and continue looking for new favorite spots, your tastes as a runner can evolve and finding new favorite routes can help keep you excited about running. I like Miami but I LOVE to RUN MIAMI."

Frankie Ruiz is co-founder of the ING Miami Marathon and currently serves as Chief Running Officer of US Road Sports & Entertainment. Frankie is a well-known name in the South Florida running community, he is especially committed to promoting running and fitness initiatives to the youth. He was involved in the creation of the successful ING Run for Something Better kids program that now serves the 85,000 middle schools students of Miami Dade Public Schools. He has also been the head cross country coach for Belen Jesuit Preparatory High School since 2002, during that tenure he has lead them to 4 State Championships (2006-2008, 2010). Ruiz was a track and field collegiate athlete at Florida International University. Frankie Ruiz, is also the creator and organizer of the Run Club Network, which includes the weekly Nike South Beach Run Club, Brickell Run Club and Green Monkey Run Club. Frankie is also Running Brand Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica. Frankie is an avid runner and triathlete, competing in several local and destination events each year.

"Some pound-shedding trends fade quickly but others, like running, have the stamp of approval by the test of time. So whether you’re jogging a mile or two for a healthier heart or running your way to a 26.2 mile goal, South Florida’s topography encourages all to go beyond the running indoors on a treadmill and to explore the great tropical outdoors."

"For the runner on the run: Best running routes, jogging trails, descriptions, images and maps, in great locations. Here are the places to run when traveling the world. Joggen, footing, lopen, laufen, løping: find the best runs here!"



Run Club Network-Brickell, Kendall, South Beach

"The Run Club Network is Miami’s fastest growing scene of people enthusiasts. It is more than just an evening run through the best scenery Miami has to offer. It is about people coming together to celebrate community and sweat a little. The Network started with its first location at Mr. R Sports on Lincoln Road in January of ’09. With Nike at the helm of that Run Club, the concept quickly raced across to Green Monkey on Purdy Ave., Gables Fitness in Coral Gables, and Fortune International on Brickell. Since ’09 the Network of runners has blown up to well over 3,500 people who ‘run this city’ and several corporate partners. It is not uncommon to see more than 200 runners in attendance on the weekly runs."

Nike South Beach

IRUNCompany-Central Miami

Miami Fit

All Florida Running Clubs

Running/Event Calenders:

South Florida Running Forum

Split Second Timing

Run Miami

Florida Running & Triathlon Magazine


South Florida HammerHeads


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