Inaugural 5K Run, Kids Dash at ZooMiami, Sept. 15

KidDashFor the first time in 10 years, Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St., will host a 5K race it can call its own.

The Zoological Society of Florida and West Kendall Baptist Hospital will offer a pair of fun, wild events on Sept. 15. Unlike other 5Ks and walks at the zoo, this one will offer benefits that only the team at the zoo can provide, bringing back memories of the renowned Jungle Jog that started 30 years ago and ended in 2002.

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 youngsters 2-9 years old. The race will include distances from 100 to 525 meters and opportunities to interact with Gigi, Kaz and Pio, the popular Zoo Squad mascots.

“The old Jungle Jog drew 1,500-2,000 runners and we had more than 1,000 signed up after one week,” said Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill. “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.”

“This event is an extension of our three-year partnership focused on the health of our environment and our community,” said Baptist spokesperson Michelle Mejia. “With the Healthy Zoo-Healthy You initiative, we hope to inspire our community to make healthy living a priority.”

The ZooRun pre-sale is $25 and rises to $35 on race day. The ZooKids Dash pre-sale price is $10 and increases to $15 on race day. Pre-sale prices are valid through Sept. 14. Racers get free admission to Zoo Miami, a tee shirt, medal, food and a race unlike any in South Florida.

Registrants may purchase Zoo Miami tickets for friends and family at a 50-percent discount on race day. To register, go to <http://run.zoomiami.org> or call 305-255-5551.

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