St. Jude Latin Music Rock `n¿ Roll Half Marathon

The race returns this Sunday to Miami Beach. (St. Jude Latin Music Rock `n¿ Roll Half Marathon/Courtesy / November 16, 2012)

"I gotta run with my music," countless runners say each day, as they lace up their shoes.

Well, Sunday's the day to leave the iPod at home, because the second annual St. Jude Latin Music Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon will feature a live band at every mile.

The race, which begins and ends at Lummus Park in Miami Beach, goes off at 6:45 a.m. (Register at Competitor.com.)

Since the advent of the MP3 player, music has become ingrained in many runners' lives, race spokesman Dan Cruz says.


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"It's a very big part of people's training nowadays," he says. "No more bulky portable CD players or Walkmans."

The Rock 'n' Roll race series made its debut in San Diego in 1998, with the idea that if runners are training months for a long race, they want to go someplace interesting to sweat it out. The series now includes 34 cities, including five outside the United States for 2013.

Almost half of the 4,000 runners expected to compete in the Miami Beach event hail from outside Florida, Cruz says.

The course starts at Lummus Park, heads north along Ocean Drive and Alton Road, and then west over the Julie Tuttle Causeway before returning via the MacArthur Causeway.

The reggaeton duo Alexis y Fido will headline the finish-line concert at Lummus Park.

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