Miami Wild Run & Walk raising funds to benefit at-risk youth

Miami Wild Run & Walk raising funds to benefit at-risk youth
Miami Wild Run & Walk raising funds to benefit at-risk youth
Heat mascot Burnie helps push a stroller during a previous event.

“We’re running wld in Zoo Miami,” announced Bonnie Rodriguez, executive director of Miami Youth for Christ, “and we want you to come and join us for this exciting family fun event on Saturday, Nov. 12, to help thousands of kids-at-risk in our own community.”

This year’s Miami Wild Run & Walk will include a unique scavenger hunt, for all ages, with prizes for those able to find all of the fascinating items on their lists, which will be in plain sight throughout Zoo Miami.

Rodriguez said last year’s event drew over 1,000 participants and generated $102,500 in needed funds to help support the work by Miami YFC youth leaders serving in 13 locations throughout Miami-Dade, including on high school campuses, at juvenile justice centers, and in community centers where after-school mentoring and tutoring programs are provided.

“We also serve the hip-hop community where urban teens and young adults congregate to express themselves through graffiti art, breakdancing, deejaying and rapping,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a truly powerful program, where young lives, absent of hope, find truth and meaning for themselves through the transformative power of the gospel message that is Jesus Christ.”

Besides the new scavenger hunt, the Miami Wild Run & Walk will feature a wide array of tasty breakfast items, a bounce house and face-painting for the kids, a rock climbing wall and assorted games and crafts, and, of course, fresh-brewed coffee to help stave off sleepiness in the early morning hours before the animals are awake. All of this for just $35 for adults, and $16 for children ages 3 to 12; and free for ages 2 and under. Also, same day entrance to Zoo Miami is included in your registration fee, so take advantage and spend the whole day with your family at the zoo.

For more information or to learn how to become a sponsor, call 305-271-2442 or check out the website at

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