Sunday, November 27, 2016 • North Miami Beach, FL • Course Map
One of a series of trail races that takes runners through the winding, twisting turns of North Miami Beach’s Oleta River State Park from February through December each year, the late November running of the Down 2 Earth Oleta Trail half marathon, 10K and 5K marks the series’ 7th half marathon out of a total of a dozen events that take runners through this park throughout the year.
The setting for the race of course is Oleta River State Park, which is something of an island of nature in the midst of urban surroundings.
Set between the waters of Biscayne Bay to its east and the densely populated city blocks of the North Miami and North Miami Beach areas to the west, this 1,033-acre park offers 15 miles of mountain biking trails in addition to beaches and a mangrove forest preserve near the northern end of the park, which overlooks the banks of the Oleta River flowing by.
The race course will take runners over the mountain biking trails inside the park for all three races, and runners will encounter a variety of terrain along these trails — the easier trails, designed for beginning bikers, are flatter and featured some paved surfaces, while the 10 miles or so of intermediate to advanced trails are definitely more challenging.
Runners should expect plenty of twists and turns along these hard-packed dirt sections of the trails, organizers note, as well as rocks, sticks, roots, potentially muddy spots and some sharp banked turns along the route.
The starting time for the race is 7:30 AM, and due to both the time of year the race is held (late November) and its location (out on the trails), runners are encouraged to dress for a variety of weather conditions and to bring their own water bottles with them out on the course.
These races usually bring out between 150 to 200 runners and sometimes more, with around 30 to 40 runners taking part in the 13.1-mile race.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the South Florida coast just over 12 miles north of Miami, the North Miami Beach area typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in November, when average monthly temperatures range between 67°F and 81°F.
On race day (Nov. 27), the average low is 64ºF and the average high is 79ºF.
- 2015 Down 2 Earth Thanksgiving Trail Run Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Down 2 Earth Thanksgiving Trail Run Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Down 2 Earth Thanksgiving Trail Run Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Down 2 Earth Thanksgiving Trail Run Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Down 2 Earth Thanksgiving Trail Run Half Marathon Results
- $50 for the half marathon, if registered by November 14
- $60 after November 14
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of North Miami Beach’s Down 2 Earth Oleta Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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