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100 Black Men of South Florida take over Zoo Miami

Participants race to healthier living

Ashley Montgomery | 5/29/2014, 9 a.m.

Hundreds of people made their way to Zoo Miami for the 100 Black Men of South Florida (100 BMSF) 5K Zoo Walk/Run and Kid’s Dash.

On May 24 the race to healthier living began in the parking lot of the Zoo and finished inside.The runners ran amongst animals and were given health screenings before the finish ceremony where Ellis Adger, 100 BMSF president, was the master of ceremony.

“The 5K Zoo Walk/Run and Kid’s Dash is challenging for the avid runner and fun for the entire family,” Adger said.

Black males have the shortest life span of all racial or ethnic groups in the nation — a fact that has remained unchanged for at least the past 100 years according to Sandra L. Gadson, M.D. Former

President of the National Medical Association.

Congressman Joe Garcia, Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, and Kionne McGhee were in attendance and made their way to the stage to thank the runners for coming. Tyrell Hall, legislative aide spoke on behalf of Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, Dwight Bullard

“I appreciate the fact that we are doing this here, We are all in this together,” Garcia said.

“I understand the importance of mentoring. I know it made a huge difference in my life. To step up you have to pull someone up with you too and I want to thank all of you for being here. Thanks to the sponsors for investing and for this organization making a difference in our community.”

“Senator Bullard recognizes that this is an event with tremendous importance for our community and specifically for minorities within our community,” Hall said.

Hall went on to recite a proclamation on behalf of Bullard expressing how imperative the 5K Walk/Run is and how successful it has been in providing successful help to young men in several communities.

“The health of Black men is one of the major obstacles that we have in the 21st century,” Kevin Chambliss, South Dade Director for Congressman Joe Garcia said. “We are catching up in education; we are starting to become entrepreneurs ourselves but one of the things that still lacks behind the rest of the country is our health. Black men are a little shy of addressing health concern when it comes to going to the hospital. So this is very important to be leading an event like this. When other Black men lead other Black men follow. The influence of the 100 Black Men is historical. This is crucial because we want to make sure that our Black men are living longer.”

Some of the sponsors included the Miami Dolphins, UPS, the James Jones Foundation, Coca-Cola and more. For more information visit 100blackmensf.org.