Miami Marathon finisher medals spark airport security concerns

January 30, 2024

Finishers of the 2024 Miami Marathon on Jan. 28 were warned, but still, hundreds of participants went home without their medals when the TSA (Transportation Security Administration, for Canadians) confiscated the medals, likening them to deadly ninja throwing stars.

The 2024 medal is shaped like a golden sun with the event’s orange palm tree logo in the centre, designed to portray the sunrise of Miami, Miami Beach, Brickell and Coconut Grove areas (which the course runs through). The sun’s rays, however, have very sharp points–plus, it spins. In anticipation of potential issues, race organizers released a statement two days before the event, advising marathon participants to pack the medal in checked luggage or mail it home, rather than wearing it to the airport. Canadian Running