Orange Bowl Fitness Weekend to Take Place May 11 Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters



Orange Bowl Fitness Weekend, which includes a 5K run/walk and a paddle championship, will take place on Saturday, May 11 at Miami Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne, Fla. to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“Orange Bowl is proud to engage our community by providing a fun-filled day of fitness activities for all ages at the AvMed Orange Bowl 5K Run/Walk and Windhaven Insurance Orange Bowl Paddle Championship,” said Orange Bowl Committee president and chair Jose Romano. “This event also affords us the opportunity to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters providing mentorship opportunities for children facing adversity.”

The inaugural AvMed Orange Bowl 5K Run/Walk features a scenic 3.2-mile route. All participants are encouraged to sport their favorite college colors. The race will feature mascots, fight songs and other activities to celebrate college athletics. The finish line will include an array of interactive games, beverages, food trucks and music.

On-site registration for the 5K begins at 6 a.m. The opening ceremony will take place at 7 a.m., and the race will begin at 7:30 a.m. All participating runners and walkers will receive an official race t-shirt, swag bag and a finisher’s medal. The top three male and female finishers in each age group (14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+) will receive awards at 9 a.m. during the official award ceremony. Participants are encouraged to stay for the Windhaven Insurance Orange Bowl Paddle Championship at the conclusion of the 5K.

Participants who register early by Friday, May 10 will receive a $10 discount by registering at

AvMed is the title sponsor of the Orange Bowl 5K. Associate sponsors of the event include Baptist Health South Florida, Corona Premier, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Panera Bread and Tropicars.

On the same day, more than 300 competitive and recreational paddlers are expected to compete in an array of unique races and courses for paddlers of all skill-levels at the ninth annual Windhaven Insurance Orange Bowl Paddle Championship.

The paddle championship event will feature a challenging 8.13-mile Adventure Sports Miami Long Race for elite-level paddle boarders around historic Virginia Key. The short race consists of a 3-mile loop in protected waters inside Marine Stadium Basin, and the novice race welcomes all first-time and novice paddlers for a fun 1-mile course on calm water with a paddleboard clinic available pre-race to teach basic skills. In addition, the event will also feature outrigger canoe races for teams of six, two and solo.

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the first race kicking off at 8 a.m. and the other races taking place thereafter. All paddle participants will receive an official event t-shirt, swag bag, participation medal, complimentary breakfast and a lunch voucher. Paddleboards will be available on-site to rent for a small fee. To register, visit

​Registration is also open for the popular AvMed Orange Bowl Corporate Challenge featuring corporate teams from top South Florida companies. All corporate teams will receive a four-person paddle team that will participate in an “inflate the board” challenge and a relay race complete with a short paddle course and an on–land finish through an inflatable obstacle course. Corporate teams also receive four runner/walker registrations for the AvMed Orange Bowl 5k and an inflatable paddleboard. The top performing corporate teams will receive awards. To register your business for the AvMed Orange Bowl Corporate Challenge, call (305) 341-4708 or email

Sponsors of the 2019 Windhaven Insurance Orange Bowl Paddle Championship include title sponsor Windhaven Insurance and associate sponsors Adventure Sports Miami, AvMed, Baptist Health South Florida, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pacifico, Panera Bread, TD Bank and Tropicars.

Proceeds from the AvMed Orange Bowl 5k and Windhaven Insurance Orange Bowl Paddle Championship will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, which is a premier nonprofit mentoring organization within the South Florida community. Over the last six years, Orange Bowl has contributed in excess of $160,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters as part of its commitment to support, encourage and improve South Florida. 

Both events will take place rain or shine. The start and finish lines for the events are located at Miami Marine Stadium Flexpark, which offers free parking for racers and spectators. Visit for more details. 


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