4 5K Miami Wild Run & Fun Walk to benefit 5,000 at- risk youth

The goal of the upcoming 5K Wild Run & Fun Walk on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Zoo Miami is to raise $150,000 to benefit the more than 5,000 at-risk kids in our neighborhoods, it was announced recently by Bonnie Rodriguez, executive director of Miami Youth For Christ. Last year’s event generated $94,000 and attracted more than 1,000 participants.

“Each year we see more and more troubled kids in need in our communities, and each year we are committed to seeking more and more ways to reach out to them through our five programs that have proved successful year after year,” Rodriguez said. “Our certified 5K Run and Walk at Zoo Miami is fun for everyone, where families can gather for a morning walk throughout the gorgeous zoo, knowing that they are contributing to our community in a big way.

“It is the vision of Youth for Christ to make sure that every young person has the opportunity to reach their God-given potential,” Rodriguez added.

The five outreach strategies offer 31 after school and evening programs across the city.

This year’s event will feature the Heat’s “Burnie,” and the Chick Filet Cow. Afull breakfast is served, complete with bagels and cream cheese, fresh-brewed coffee, Krispy Kreme donuts, lots of fresh fruit and orange juice, plus other delectable surprises to satisfy all palates.

Sponsors of the 2015 Miami Wild Run & Fun Walk are: Baptist Health South Florida; Florida Christian School; Fit2Run Dadeland; Mendez Insurance Agency; Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center of Miami (Dr. Daniel Kalbac); Smith Septic Tanks of Homestead; Donald R. Jones PA, Sushi Maki; Trinity International University; Majestic Limousines; Photo Offset; Courtelis Company; Kingdom Cuts; Kirtland Financial Management Inc.; Marilyn Brown Photography; Old Cutler Presbyterian Church; Sunstate Bank; Falk, Waas, Hernandez, Cortina, Solomon & Bonner, PA; Hydraulic Safety Company; Alligator Farms; John T. Prahl PA; Vasallo Sloane PL; Publix Supermarket; LIFE FM Christian Radio; El Dorado Furniture; Open Bible Church, and Mokher Plumbing.

Check-in time for the event is 7 a.m. The timed 5K run is at 8 a.m., and the Fun Walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

Registration fee is $35 per adult, and $15 for children ages 5 through 12. Children under 5 are admitted free. For more information and to register, visit MiamiWildRun.com or call the offices of Miami Youth for Christ, 305-271-2442.

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