Hundreds of runners participated in the inaugural Amerant Bank 5k to benefit United Way Miami Saturday morning.
Proceeds from the race will benefit nearly 100 United Way events and more than 50 agencies partnering with the organization.
United Way is an organization focused on education, financial and health initiatives in South Florida. They have been doing this for almost 100 years.
“Two years from now we will celebrate our 100th anniversary, we need to think about the next 100 years and how we are going to continue this organization, continue to help the community as much as we can,” Joe Zibizarreta said. , CEO of United Way Miami. “Make sure they have the resources they need in the education, health, financial services we can provide.”
United Way has hosted a race of this kind for more than a decade, but this is the first partnership with Amerant Bank where the financial institution is the leading promoter.
Bank Chief of Staff CEO Silvia Larrieu says financial literature and fitness are just as important as health.
“By being healthy, and making these decisions you usually make a more informed decision, and you think about it,” Larrieu said. “For those of us who run, and you always hear in the world of running, it’s a marathon, it’s not a sprint. It’s not about doing it once. It’s about staying on course, the pacing cadence, and when facing you financially important to always have a long-term plan.
The partnership has a seal of approval from Coral Gables Mayor Vince Lago.
“It’s no surprise that Amerant Bank and United Way are working together because it’s just a symbiotic relationship that has a lot of meaning,” Mayor Lago said. “As you know, there are hundreds of employees, family members of employees, and community members who are here not only to support the Amerant but more importantly to support the United Way and the causes that made in the United Way. “