Life’s a Beach (Marathon) When You Live Here

By Charlotte Libov….
Living on Miami Beach always provides plenty of great reasons for exercise, whether you’re doing yoga on the beach alone, or joining in with others. Personally, I find that there’s nothing like having a goal to train for, and such opportunities are frequent, thanks to the many marathons/ half-marathons, triathlons, and other events that come our way.

One of the most exhilarating activities you can do here is exercise and also raises money for a worthy cause at the same time. The 10th Annual Ocean Drive 5K provided a recent great opportunity. Held on March 19, not only did runners have the opportunity to join in a 5K run, but they also raised money for the Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Cancer Lifeline. This picture-perfect day not only saw contingents of runners, but also teams of walkers, as well as parents with babies in strollers and even dogs getting in on the fun.

Did you miss out on that 5K? Well, here’s another chance to get some fresh air, exercise, and do good –all at the same time. The 23rd Annual AIDS 5KWalk will take place on April 3, and you’ll have the opportunity to take in the same gorgeous scenery. The grand marshal, Jai Rodriquez, star of the recent movie Oy Vey, My Son is Gay, and Bravo’s TV Show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, will kick off at the Miami Beach Convention Center and end with a celebration at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. As of this morning, nearly $116,000 already has been pledged, with the proceeds going to Care Resource, South Florida’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS community organization. For more info: Tel: 305-751-WALK (9255) or by email at

By the way, congratulations to the winning team of the Ocean Drive 5K! A five-member team from Equinox won the face, and the title of “South Beach’s Fittest Gym.”

More info: Andreas Heuser, Equinox South Beach, 305-673-1172,

Charlotte Libov’s writing on Miami Beach appears in many places, including AOL City’s Best Miami and Florida Travel + Life and AOL City’s Best Miami. She is also the author of five books, including “The Woman’s Heart Book,” which was made into the groundbreaking PBS documentary “Women’s Hearts at Risk.” She speaks both nationally and locally on the topic of preventing.

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