It’s just exhilarating, isn’t it, to be outside as the sun is just rising and the cool mist is being replaced by the Florida sunshine! And if you’ve been one of the thousands of participants in Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s annual Challenge 5K Run/Walk, hosted by the Foundation for New Education Initiatives, for the past five years, you’ve felt that “rush” as you run or walk alongside others knowing you are helping to support public education. This year, for the first time, the 6th annual Superintendent’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk will be held virtually beginning at 7am on Saturday, March 6th and ending at midnight on Saturday, March 13th. Participants will have the opportunity to complete the 5K distance anywhere at any time within that timeframe.
Superintendent Carvalho said, “The COVID-19 pandemic may have transformed the way we attend large gatherings and special events, but that will not stop us from hosting the 6th annual Superintendent’s Race for Education. I’d like to encourage students, employees, parents and the overall community to participate in this year’s virtual race, supporting our efforts to promote health and wellness, while also raising much-needed funds for public education.” The goal of the 5K Run/Walk is to raise awareness of the importance of fitness, health, and overall wellbeing. All full or part-time Miami-Dade County Public Schools employees who sign-up, pay the registration fee, and participate in the 5K race will be eligible to receive a Fitbit Inspire 2 device from the Office of Risk & Benefits Management.
Eligible employees will receive an email notification from the Office of Risk & Benefits Management the week of March 22nd with information and instructions as to how to receive their device.
Participants are encouraged to sign up to support their school, select the virtual option and collect their t-shirt and medal from their team captain at their school. Participants will download the RaceJoy App on their phone, a GPS-based tracking device that follows your progress in real time as your run your race. Both the runner and the spectator must download the app and keep their phones with them, but with a few easy steps, they will have access to a number of fun features: Live Phone Tracking that is based on the actual position of the runner’s phone so their supporters will know exactly where they are, includes NearMe alerts and handy MeetUp feature; GPS Progress Alerts for the runners and others as they cross milestones while on the course, typically alerts are sent at every mile, including location, pace, elapsed time and estimated finish time; Cheers where family and friends can send motivational, pre-recorded audio cheer clips or personalized Text-to-Cheer messages leading up to, during and after the race; Virtual Results Submission so participants’ results are automatically submitted to the race.
Race options include a 5K run/walk or a 1-mile run for elementary and middle school students with a portion of event proceeds benefiting participating school teams.
Registration for multiple events permitted. All proceeds raised by administrative offices and solo runners will fund District initiatives such as The Parent Academy, Cultural Passport, Project UP-START, paid student summer internships and the purchase of mobile electronic devices with Internet access for students.
The Foundation for New Education Initiatives (FNEI) will donate a percentage of race proceeds to participating schools based on the number of participants each school team registers. Participants are encouraged to choose and run for a school team, so FNEI can enhance school fund-raising totals. To date, FNEI has distributed nearly $160,000 back to the participating schools.
Participant fees for the virtual race are $35 for adults, plus a $2.74 registration fee, and $15 for students, plus a $1.58 registration fee.
For more information or to register, visit www.giveourstudentstheworld.org