[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ll of the Zoo Miami’s animals are gearing up for the fifth annual Miami 5K Wild Run & Fun Walk on Nov. 8, benefiting 5,000 at-risk kids in Miami-Dade County.
Presented by Greater Miami Youth For Christ, this family-fun event promises something for everyone — for children who find the zoo enchanting, to those who challenge themselves to run a Certified 5K.
Everyone will enjoy the complimentary breakfast of fresh baked cinnamon buns, bagels, Krispy Kreme donuts, healthy fruit, and steaming hot coffee, and a full day at the zoo.
Don’t forget the live entertainment featuring award-winning, jaw-dropping break dancers, head spinners and adorable kids performing lively songs and choreographed dance routines on a large stage in the middle of one of the zoo’s many fields.
“Each year we grow this event,” said Miami YFC executive director Bonnie Rodriguez,” and this year organizers are expecting a turnout of more than 1,200 runners and walkers. All of the proceeds go toward helping troubled youth throughout Miami-Dade County.
“We reach thousands of youth right where they are — in the neighborhoods, on the campuses, in the jails and through the hiphop culture,” Rodriguez said. “It is very exciting when everyone comes together in one place, for a great cause. Last year’s 5K attracted 927 participants and raised $86,000 in much-needed funds,” she said.
Among the sponsors for the event are: Baptist Health South Florida; the Law Offices of Donald R. Jones PA; Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center of Miami PA; Daniel G. Kalbac, MD, FACS Orthopaedic Surgeon; Courtelis Company; Mendez Insurance Agency; Fit 2 Run, “The Runners Superstore”; El Dorado Furniture; TD Bank; Sunstate Bank; Vasallo & Sloane Law Firm; Falk, Waas, Hernandez, Cortina, Solomon & Bonner, PA; Kirtland Financial Management; Majestic Limousines; Marilyn Brown Photography; Old Cutler Presbyterian Church; Publix Supermarket; LIFE FM Christian Radio, and Winn Dixie.
For more information and to register, visit www.MiamiWildRun.com or call 305-271-2442. Join in on Saturday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m., and run wild in the zoo for kids at risk! Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St.