Thousands will gather to walk and run during the Twelfth Annual UKG Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K, presented by the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County. The event includes an in-person race on May 7, starting near Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale, plus a virtual participation option.
Festivities will include children’s activities, an awards ceremony, live musical performances, and vendor and educational booths. Special guests will include Walk Like MADD Fort Lauderdale founder and Honorary Chairperson Heather Geronemus; MADD National President and Walk Like MADD Fort Lauderdale Honorary Co-Chair Tess Rowland; and Major Robert Chandler of Florida Highway Patrol.
Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K is a community-driven 5K that raises awareness about drunk driving and underage drinking, while uniting community members around MADD’s mission. Since it was established in 2011, this event has raised more than $3.5 million to save lives and support victims of drunk driving in South Florida. It is the most successful grassroots fundraiser in the history of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Every dollar donated remains in South Florida to provide victim services and prevention education at no cost.
“We are pleased to continue to hold this important event, which raises both awareness and funds to eliminate drunk and drugged driving and provide free victim services and prevention education in South Florida,” said Geronemus, who is also the immediate past chairwoman of the MADD National Board of Directors. “Every 48 minutes, someone in this country is killed by a drunk driver but we all have the power to stop that from happening.” Geronemus’ late father, Dr. Robert Perry Geronemus, was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2009.
To register for the in-person or virtual UKG 2023 Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K presented by the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County, click here. Registration is $10-$35.