Commit to Get Fit

Commit to Get FitAs the holiday season approaches, it is time to get off the couch and set a fitness goal. One way to motivate yourself to get fit is to select a fun event and train for it. Better yet, invite a friend or family member to do it with you. If you really want to get serious, go online and pay for the event ahead of time.

Below are some upcoming local events. Most raise money for an important cause. These are great opportunities to serve others while increasing your fitness level and staying healthy. More information on each of these events is listed at

Hand in Hand for Haiti 2013
Oct 5, 2013, Miami
Register as a team or an individual and collect donation pledges to continue funding education for the students at the school in Saint-Marc. Each entry donation received before 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event includes admission to Zoo Miami following the Walk/Run.

Pursuit of Honor Courage Commitment 5K Run/Walk Benefiting FTL Sea Cadets & WWP
Oct 12, 2013, Hollywood
We are celebrating the 238th Birthday of the US Navy on October 12th, 2013 at 7:30am by hosting a 5K Run/Walk on Hollywood Beach Broadwalk to benefit our Sea Cadet Unit & Wounded Warrior Project. There is also a 1/4 mile Kids Fun Run for children ages 5-9.

The Color Run Miami
Oct 12, 2013, Miami
The Color Run is coming back to Miami, FL October 12th, 2013. The only question is, Are you ready for the craziest, colorful, 5k of your life? You bet you are. Race it solo or form a Color Team.

AVDA’s 14th Annual Race for Hope
Oct 12, 2013, Delray Beach
This fun-filled 5K and 10K event is great for a family outing where all ages can participate. Proceeds from AVDA’s 14th Annual Race for Hope directly benefits our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, emergency and transitional shelter as well as outreach and educational programs offered to the community.

Shark Shuffle
Oct 13, 2013, Davie
Come out to the beautiful Nova Southeastern University campus and join us for a family 5K to raise dollars for scholars. All proceeds go to support student scholarships. For information, visit

2013 Homestead Speedway Century
Oct 20, 2013, Homestead
This biking event consists of a 25 Mile Family Fun Ride, 41-mile ride, 62-mile ride, and 100-mile century ride. All rides begin with one lap around the Homestead Miami Speedway. There will be plenty of water, sports drinks, fresh fruit, and much more!

Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon and Freaky 4-miler
Oct 26, 2013, Miami Beach
The Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon is run on Miami Beach’s famous beach boardwalk. The themed race is available to all runners (costumes not mandatory) and features stunning views of the beach and Miami’s famed art deco backdrop. The race starts at Jungle Island and ends at South Pointe Park.

Flanigan’s Red, White & Brew 10K
Oct 27, 2013, Davie
An awesome flat, fast course starting and finishing in Tree Tops Park out and back on Nob Hill Rd. Fun for everyone, beginners to elite!

Divas 5K Miami
Nov 3, 2013, Miami
Race Highlights include a scenic course in beautiful Tropical Park, feather boa station and tiara station just before the finish line, and roses and bubbly at the finish line. All women will receive fit tech shirts.

Miami Man Triathlon
Nov 10, 2013, Miami
Miami’s Premier Half Iron and International Distance Triathlon. The Miami Man Triathlon was the winner of Competitor Magazine’s 2010 Best Triathlon in Florida.

Holiday Fantasy of Lights 5k Run/Fitness Walk 2013
Nov 16, 2013, Coconut Creek
Kick off your holiday season with this unique evening race on a USATF-Certified course illuminated by thousands of lights and larger-than-life animated displays. The 5k course is flat, fast and ideal for setting a personal best!

3rd Annual Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot & Paddle
Nov 28, 2013, Ft. Lauderdale
This event will raise funds to support healthy living across the generations with an emphasis on childhood obesity. With one of most scenic routes in America, this race will take you down gorgeous A1A with beautiful beach, white sand and clear skies. Thanksgiving-themed costumes are welcomed and encouraged!

The Rotary Club of Weston and the City of Weston 16th Annual Weston Rotary Run for Tomorrow 2013
Dec 08, 2013, Weston
The Mayors Challenge and 1 Mile Family Health Walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. The starting line for this event is at the intersection of Market Street and Town Center Circle.

Live Ultimate RUN South Beach Half/Quarter Marathon/5K
Dec 14, 2013, Miami Beach
Run along the scenic oceanfront of Miami’s famous South Beach, a major entertainment and tourist destination known for its nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques and hotels on our picturesque course featuring miles of ocean-front views!

Boca 5K 10K
Dec 29, 2013, Boca Raton
The 35th running of the Boca 5K, 10K and Little People Races will be on Sunday December 29, 2013 in Spanish River Park in Boca Raton.

Dr. Terry Morrow is an assistant dean and assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University. She has a Ph.D. in conflict resolution and is in the process of becoming a Certified Christian Conciliator. She can be reached at [email protected].

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