March to it: Feed­ing South Florida’s third an­nual ‘March for Hunger 5K Walk/run’

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Join­ing the ef­fort to end hunger can be as sim­ple as walking or run­ning miles for meals, with Feed­ing South Florida’s third an­nual “March for Hunger 5KWalk/Run” March 3. Through the event, any­one can help make a dif­fer­ence to end hunger for the nearly 1mil­lion res­i­dents of Broward, Mi­ami-Dade, Mon­roe and Palm Beach coun­ties who are strug­gling to put food on the ta­ble.

The walk/run will kick off at Charnow Park, 300 Con­necti­cut St., Hol­ly­wood at 7:30 a.m. and will take place along the Broad­walk and Hol­ly­wood Beach area.

For ev­ery dol­lar raised, Feed­ing South Florida can pro­vide six meals. Funds col­lected will help Feed­ing South Florida achieve its mis­sion: To end hunger by pro­vid­ing im­me­di­ate ac­cess to nu­tri­tious food, lead­ing ad­vo­cacy ef­forts in hunger and poverty, trans­form­ing lives through in­no­va­tive pro­gram­ming and ed­u­ca­tion.

Be­fore the walk/run, par­tic­i­pants can en­joy an in­vig­o­rat­ing Zumba pre-race warm up. Chil­dren are en­cour­aged to bring cans to do­nate, and build can sculp­tures while their par­ents are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the race. Af­ter the race, chil­dren and their fam­i­lies can splash in water foun­tains and en­joy other kid-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties at Charnow Park.

The walk/run will be pro­fes­sion­ally timed by Split Sec­ond Tim­ing us­ing dis­pos­able transpon­ders to en­sure ac­cu­rate scor­ing and time re­sults. Awards will go to the top three in each age group; top three over­all win­ners, both male and fe­male; top three fundrais­ing teams; and top three fundrais­ing in­di­vid­u­als.

“The face of hunger is very fa­mil­iar: chil­dren, se­niors and work­ing fam­i­lies strug­gling to make ends meet,” said Feed­ing South Florida Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Paco Vélez. “Those strug­gling with hunger are our neigh­bors and class­mates. Be­ing a part of the so­lu­tion is not dif­fi­cult - with ev­ery step taken at March for Hunger, we can help set the ta­ble for a fam­ily.”

Reg­is­tra­tion for the event is $25 (which pro­vides 150 meals) in ad­vance and $35 (which pro­vides 210 meals) the day of the race. To reg­is­ter on­line, visit www.feed­ing­south­florida.org. For mailed reg­is­tra­tion, send reg­is­tra­tion form with check or money or­der made payable to Feed­ing South Florida to Feed­ing South Florida, 2501 SW 32 Ter­race, Pem­broke Park, FL, 33023, attn: March for Hunger. Walk-in reg­is­tra­tions will be taken at Charnow Park the day of the event be­gin­ning at 6 a.m.

Feed­ing South Florida asks (but does not re­quire) that each par­tic­i­pant raise $100 (equal­ing 600 meals). One sim­ple way to fundraise is to ask friends, fam­ily or co­work­ers text EAT (and in­clude run­ner’s name or team name) to 52000 to do­nate $10.

Spon­sors in­clude Florida Power & Light Co., At­lantic Bi­o­log­i­cals andWells Fargo.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.feed­ing­south­florida.org.

Olivia Er­rasti, front left, Becky Ben­itez, Danielle Sokoloff and Yisel Zas; Vi­vian San­tos, back left, Gaby Zamorano, Eric Zamorano, Mauri­cio Aguil­era, In­grid Trigo de Ser­rano, Ni­cole Goicouria, Bar­bara Marchena, Maria Wil­liams, Saul An­ge­les, Cristina...

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