As spring approaches and the air is full of new beginnings, more than 1,000 walkers and runners motivated against drunk driving hope to make strides in the ongoing fight against drunk driving during the annual MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) WALK Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K. WALK Like MADD & MADD Dash is MADDâ€™s annual signature walk, which takes place in over 60 cities in the U.S., including Fort Lauderdale.Â Presented by Ultimate Software, the May 4, 2014 Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K starts at Huizenga Park and will take place along Fort Lauderdaleâ€™s Riverwalk.
Since it was established in 2011, Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K has raised more than $250,000 to date for MADD Broward & Palm Beach. All event proceeds benefit MADD Broward & Palm Beachâ€™s community education, victim support services and youth programs. Â Musical guest Ciara Rae will sing the national anthem; former WTVJ-NBC 6 anchor Tony Segreto will once again emcee the event. Special guests include honorary event chairperson Susan Israel and her husband Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca. Heather Geronemus, Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K chairperson, will speak on behalf of the Fort Lauderdale chapter; Sheriff Israel, Mayor Seiler and Commissioner LaMarca will give brief remarks.Â After the last runner and walker crosses the finish line and awards are presented to the top performers, participants will enjoy free refreshments, a victimsâ€™ tribute area, Kid Zone with bounce houses, and a health and safety expo. Sponsors for the event include Presenting Sponsor Ultimate Software, Anidjar & Levine, ADT Always Cares, Optime Consulting, Yellow Cab, Florida Community Bank, City National Bank and AutoNation.Â The 2014 Walk Like MADD & MADD DashÂ Fort Lauderdale 5KÂ cost is $25 for adults and $15 for youth (under age 21).