Hundreds Run 5K to Benefit Education, Health and Financial Initiatives in South Florida – NBC 6 South Florida

Hundreds of runners participated in the inaugural Amerant Bank 5k to benefit United Way Miami on Saturday morning.

Proceeds from the race will benefit nearly 100 United Way activities and more than 50 of the organization’s partner agencies.

United Way is an organization that focuses on education, finance, and health initiatives in South Florida. They have been doing it for almost 100 years.

“In two years we will be celebrating our 100th anniversary, we have to think about the next 100 years and how we are going to run this organization, continue to help the community as much as possible,” said Joe. Zibizarreta, CEO of United Way Miami. “Making sure they have the resources they need in the areas of education, health and financial services that we can provide.”

United Way has organized such a race for more than a decade, but this is the first partnership with Amerant Bank where the financial institution is the main sponsor.

Silvia Larrieu, chief of staff to the bank’s CEO, says being financially competent and fit is just as important as being healthy.

“By being healthy and making those decisions, you usually make a more informed decision and think about it,” Larrieu said. “For us, running, and you always hear in the running world, it’s a marathon, it’s not a sprint. It’s not about doing it once. It’s about staying on course, keeping up the pace, and when it comes to finances, it’s important to always have a long-term plan.

The partnership received the endorsement of Coral Gables Mayor Vince Lago.

“It’s no surprise that Amerant Bank and United Way have come together, because it’s just a symbiotic relationship that makes a lot of sense,” Mayor Lago said. “As you can see, there are hundreds of employees, family members of those employees and members of the community who are here not only to support Amerant, but more importantly to support United Way and the causes that United Way makes possible.”

Sam D. Gomez