It’s summertime in South Florida, which means that it’s hot. Really, really hot! Of course, it’s also a great time to get outside and exercise. People can be seen at all times of day and night, stretching their legs in between our relentless Florida liquid sunshine.
This year, for the first time in 10 years, Zoo Miami will host a 5K race to encourage runners, walkers, and just anyone who wants to get out and move to come down and visit the animals. The Zoological Society of Florida and West Kendall Baptist Hospital have partnered to offer two fun, wild events on September 15, 2013. Unlike other 5Ks and walks held at the zoo, this event will offer benefits that only the team at the zoo can offer, bringing back memories of the renowned Jungle Jog run that started 30 years ago and ended in 2002.
“West Kendall Baptist Hospital is thrilled to partner with Zoo Miami in hosting this 5K race. This event is an extension of our three year partnership focused on the health of our environment and our community. With the Healthy Zoo – Healthy You initiative, we hope to inspire our community to make healthy living a priority,” said Michelle Mejia, AVP, at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “What better way than to get outdoors and run with the animals.”
The ZooRun 5K is for folks of every speed – from cheetah to tortoise – so no matter your pace, come out for fun and exercise. This 3.1 mile timed race is walker-friendly and will take place around the entire zoo. The ZooKids Dash is a race for kids ages 2 – 9. This race will include a range of distances from 100 to 525 meters and opportunities to interact with Gigi, Kaz and Pio – the popular Zoo Squad mascots.
“We are very excited to team up with West Kendall Baptist Hospital to bring back the excitement of 5K running at the zoo! The old Jungle Jog used to draw 1,500 – 2,000 runners and we had more than 1,000 signed up after one week of registration! Children and families want to be at Zoo Miami, they want to experience this amazing park and now we can encourage a healthy community and environment. Come take a walk (or run!) on the wild side!” said Ron Magill, Zoo Miami Communications and Media Relations Director.
The ZooRun pre-sale price is $25 and increases to $35 on race day. The ZooKids Dash pre-sale price is $10 and increases to $15 on the day of the race. Pre-sale prices are valid today through September 14 through 11:59 p.m., EST. All race registrants will receive free admission to Zoo Miami, a premium t-shirt, themed finisher medal, post race food and a race unlike any in South Florida. As if all of this weren’t enough, race registrants can purchase Zoo Miami tickets for friends and family with a 50% discount on race day! To register, visit the zoo website or call (305) 255-5551.
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