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South Florida Walk/Run 5k’s 2016
pring gets our hearts pumping as so do the 5k’s around town. Beginner and season athletes alike, along with family and friends, come out and participate in an assortment of runs and walks while contributing to various causes. There is something for everyone and every age; walks, runs, music, awards, health screenings and the list goes on. But don’t forget, temperatures and humidity can be high in South Florida. When participating, make sure to drink plenty of (non-alcoholic) fluids for 48 hours prior to, during and upon finishing any race. Be self aware of heat-injury symptoms such as dizziness, no sweating, nausea, cramps, redness, incoherent speech, and thoughts and seek immediate assistance if these occur. Following are just a few of the events you and your family can join!
Event: SunSmart 5K. Saturday, April 16, Crandon Park South, 6747 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne. This is a non-profit 5k - 3.1 miles, USATF certified run organized by university of Miami medical school students to raise funds for skin cancer research and heart health purposes. Runners and walkers can arrive at 6:00-7:15am to pick up race packets or register. Race begins at 7:30am for the 5K/Walk. FREE Skin Screening Stations open after the race. Commemorative T-shirt guaranteed for all early-registered participants. Additional shirts are first come first serve. Early Registration through April 15th. For registration costs and additional information visit, www.SunSmart5k.com. Event: Doral 5k. Saturday, April 16, Doral Meadow Park, 11555 N.W. 58 Street Doral. Certified 5K (3.1 miles) Run/Walk through the heart of the City of Doral. Race Day Registration begins at 5:30am until 7:00am, 5K Run/Walk begins at 7:30am. T-shirts to the first 550 registered participants. Race day registrants not guaranteed a shirt or correct size. Food and beverages will be available to participants. 5k Awards Ceremony following the race. For registration costs and additional information, visit www.cityofdoral.com. th
National Park Week
t’s all happening in your national parks. Join America’s largest celebration of national heritage. From April 16th to 24th it’s all about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, and enjoying affordable vacations. Find your park at www.findyourpark.com and plan your visit, what you want to do, or where you want to go. Here are some highlights during National Park Week: April 16–24: Visit for free! Throughout National Park Week in 2016, every national park will give you free admission! April 16: National Junior Ranger Day. Explore, Learn, Protect! Kids can take part in fun programs and earn a junior ranger badge or become a Centennial Junior Ranger. April 22: Earth Day. On Earth Day, if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out by visiting www.nps.gov/getinvolved/volunteer.htm.
April 23: National Park Instameet. Join an InstaMeet (community.instagram. com) in a park. Gather in a designated Event: Miami Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) 3rd annual “Glory Run” place at a specific time to take photos ...running to change lives! Saturday, April 23rd from 6:15am until 12:00 noon and short videos to post on Instagram (and other social media) with the same at Tropical Park, 7900 S.W. 40th Street. Runners and walkers can arrive at hashtag:#FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindY6:15am to pick up race packets and t-shirts. Race begins at 7:30am for the 5K and Fun Walk, and 8:30am for the 1-mile run. Commemorative Finisher’s ourPark, #NPS100. medal, tech shirt, and racers bib will be awarded to all participants. For April 24: Park Rx Day. Parks will host Sponsorship information, visit www.miamifca.org. For registration costs and fun recreational activities that encourage additional information email email@example.com. healthy lifestyles and promote physical Event: Meet Me In The Dark 5K & Music Festival, Saturday, April 23 at the North Miami Athletic Stadium, 2255 N.E. 151st Street, North Miami Beach. The Stadium at Florida International University will be transformed into a glow festival. Music and entertainment along with live performances from DJ’s and recording artists! Dance, run, or walk the 5K course with your friends covered in glow gear, lights, and more! Event starts at 4:30pm and goes until 11:00pm. For registration and additional information, visit meetmeinthedark5k.com.
and mental well being. Don’t forget to check out www.nationalparkweek.org, where you can share your national park photos, videos, and tips. While there, learn all about the ways you can help support your national parks all year round.
To view more races around South Florida, visit www.active.com/miami-fl/ running.
Sources: NationalParks.org, findyourpark. com, nationalparkweek.org, nps.gov natural awakenings
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