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July 20th, 2022 Baptist Health South Florida

West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Zoo Miami Team Up to Host 10th Annual ZooRun on October 8, 2022

Proceeds from the Family-Friendly Event Will Benefit Healthy West Kendall and Zoo Miami Foundation

MIAMI, FL – (July 20, 2022) – Baptist Health and Zoo Miami announce that registration for the 10th annual ZooRun has officially opened. Benefiting West Kendall Baptist Hospital and the Zoo Miami Foundation, this year’s event will feature ZooRun5K, ZooKidsDash, Virtual ZooRun5K and an all-new ZooRun10K in celebration of the race’s 10th anniversary. The event invites participants to experience Zoo Miami in an engaging and active way while supporting two South Florida anchor organizations.

Taking place on October 8, 2022, the 10th anniversary ZooRun will offer a variety of exciting race options to appeal to all ages and skill levels. The fan-favorite 3.1-mile ZooRun5K will be an open race for both runners and walkers that will span the entire zoo, whereas the ZooKidsDash is specifically for children ages 2-9 ranging from 100 to 400 meters. New to the annual event is the limited edition ZooRun10K, which has already sold out and will include an exciting course, ultra-premium race shirt, and placer medals for the participants in each age category. There will also be a virtual option available for those who are unable to attend in-person.

“West Kendall Baptist Hospital is proud to continue partnering with Zoo Miami and celebrate the 10th anniversary of ZooRun. Through our Healthy West Kendall initiative, which inspires our community to live healthier lives, we invite everyone to register online and enjoy this special event where we can exercise, spend time outdoors and enjoy the incredible sights of the beautiful animals,” said Lourdes Boue, CEO, West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

“Zoo Miami Foundation is honored to partner with West Kendall Baptist Hospital for the past ten years. The ZooRun brings both serious and fun runners together to underscore the importance of taking care of ourselves with exercise as well as enjoying nature. Zoo Miami provides a unique backdrop for the run making it a one-of-a-kind run that so many look forward to,” said Bill Moore, President & CEO, Zoo Miami Foundation.

At the completion of the race, all participants will receive complimentary admission to Zoo Miami for the day. The event is subject to change based on CDC, Miami-Dade County and Baptist Health guidelines.

The event will take place on-site at Zoo Miami, located at 12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177. ZooRun5K and ZooRun10K participants should plan to arrive no later than 7 a.m., while ZooKidsDash participants and families should plan to arrive no later than 8 a.m. To learn more and register, visit ZooMiami.org/Run.

Proceeds from ZooRun registrations will benefit Healthy West Kendall, a community-based initiative powered by West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Healthy West Kendall programs include the Healthy Hub – a free wellness and referral-to-care kiosk located in the main lobby of West Kendall Baptist Hospital and the Grow2Heal Garden – a healthy food garden harvested to heal hospital patients and serve the neighboring community. Additionally, proceeds will benefit Zoo Miami Foundation’s education and conservation programs, such as the Conservation Teen Scientist Program, camps and volunteer programs.

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 25,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

About Zoo Miami Foundation

Founded in 1956, Zoo Miami Foundation (ZMF) is the private non-profit support organization for Zoo Miami. While Miami-Dade County operates and maintains the Zoo, Zoo Miami Foundation, backed by loyal Zoo Supporters allows Zoo Miami to continue mission-driven initiatives and zoo enhancements to encourage an appreciation for the world’s wildlife to conserve it for future generations. Zoo Miami Foundation’s mission is to foster community pride and involvement with Zoo Miami and secures financial support for the zoo.

Through the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and government entities, ZMF operates robust Learning Experience programs, supports vital conservation initiatives, and supplements key capital projects that bolster animal welfare and guest experiences at Zoo Miami. With one of the largest membership bases in South Florida, Zoo Miami Foundation continues to make a significant impact connecting with and educating the South Florida community to take conservation action!  For more information on Zoo Miami Foundation and its programs, contact (305) 255-5551 or visit zoomiami.org/about-ZMF.

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