I used to make trips into Downtown Miami pretty regularly, but now it seems I am only there for the Miami Corporate Run, supporting “Team UM.” There is something about Downtown’s architecture that is enhanced beautifully by the evening light. The Brickell glass towers and the old stone buildings are just reborn under the sun’s setting rays.
When we heard the sound of the canon and thousands of little papers floated in the air, a clamor came from the crowd of 22,599 strong, all there to support one goal – a healthy and fit lifestyle for the corporate world. How many times are we witness of so many people getting together for the greater good?
There were people of all ages; young and older, fit and not so fit, but when the torrent of walkers descended upon the Brickell streets, it felt as if we were part of the same team. The weather was very clement but there was not even a single cloud and despite a soft breeze, it was hot.
Team UM was 900 people strong and RSMAS had 68 people who signed up. The UM tent was right next to the water and there was an unobstructed view of Biscayne Bay that could have made one think that we were far from a race.
When I was walking, I enjoyed looking at the colors of all the companies’ shirts and their reflections in the buildings. I also loved the contrast of the beginning of the route with modern structures and the end of it, coming back to the older sections of Downtown. It was as if the city itself had participated with all of what made its unique culture.
Team RSMAS won the President’s Cup challenge this year, by having the most registered participants on a single team. I will always remember the moment our team’s name was declared the winner, and the individuals who made it possible. What I will also treasure is the red glow of the Freedom tower in the dark sky and the thought that we were all together as one.
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