Why Participate?

 Lets You Support Local and Life-Saving Causes

 Healthy Way to Begin Your Day

 Discover Your Time on a Certified 5K Course with the D Tag Timing System

 Free Skin Cancer Screenings with a Doctor

 Free T-Shirt

 Free Refreshments

 Relax on a Beautiful Beach Afterwards

 Gives you a Chance to Win an Award

 Gives You an Excuse to Run

 Meet the Miami Heat Dancers and Manuel Huerta



Cause #1 Melanoma, a skin cancer, is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Every 67 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from melanoma. Sun exposure is responsible for most melanomas and other skin cancers. Floridians are at risk Ė of all states, the risk of melanoma is highest in Florida. Runners are at particular risk due to their increased sun exposure.

UMís Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is on the cutting-edge of melanoma and skin cancer research. A portion of the proceeds from this race will go toward melanoma research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Investing in research can lead to developments of new treatment options for patients with melanoma and skin cancer.


Cause #2 A portion of the proceeds will go to the City of Miamiís  TEAM FOR LIFE Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) Program (the AED PAD program, orPAD program for short). The PAD program works to help make AEDs available in public and/or private places in Miami ďin order to improve survival rates of those who suffer a cardiac arrest.Ē

Hearts are powerful, enduring muscles but they may still succumb to problems that cause them to stop beating. Sudden cardiac arrest is the condition in which a personís heart suddenly stops beating properly. This is suffered by people of all ages. Once the heart stops, the victim has two to five minutes before irreversible brain damage begins to occur. If used in time, the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device can jump start the heart, saving the victimís life.  Unfortunately, getting an AED to a victim before brain damage occurs is very difficult, which is why installing AEDs in public places around Miami can mean saving someoneís life.

Click here to find information about sudden cardiac arrest and AED success stories.




An AED on the University of Miami campus

Text Box: The AED uses an electrical shock to reset heart cells, giving them the best chance to start working together as a beating heart. 
Text Box: Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, including the thin, the young, and the fit. Clogged arteries are not a prerequisite. 
Text Box: Sudden cardiac arrest is the Nationís leading cause of death; over 465,000 Americans die each year from this medical emergency.

SunSmart5K 2017

~Race for skin & heart health~

Text Box: Know the ABCDEs of Melanoma: Asymmetrical appearance, irregular Borders, various-Colors present, increasing Diameter, Evolving over time. Most melanomas have dark areas but there is a form of melanoma called amelanotic melanoma that does not produce pigment and thus has no dark brown areas.