The 2017 MLB All-Star Game takes over Marlins Park next Tuesday, and with it comes baseball superfans, hot dogs and all-American fun.
But before the long-awaited FanFest, Home Run Derby and autograph frenzy, MLB invites locals to bring on the neon for a weekend-long exercise party.
On Saturday, the Electric Run 5K will take runners on a sunset jog under the stars at Bayfront Park, ending with a dance party and concert with Grammy Award-winning rapper Lil Jon. Runners will experience five different neon-lit “worlds,” with themes ranging from rainforest to sea life.
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On Sunday morning, Zumba lovers can meet Beto Perez, creator of the dance empire himself, and sweat through a calorie-burning fitness party, also at Bayfront Park.
At last year’s MLB All-Star Game in San Diego, the organization hosted a similar fitness weekend with a Color Run and a Soul Pose black light yoga party. The Electric Run and Zumba events, however, cater toward a Miami audience.
“We wanted to tap into the culture of the All-Star host city to plan this year’s festivities,” said Marla Miller, MLB’s senior vice president of special events. “In discussing ideas with the Marlins and other local officials, we thought a nighttime 5K and a Zumba class in the park would connect really well with the vibrant South Florida community.”
The two events are hosted in partnership with MLB, and will benefit MLB Charities to support youth baseball and softball programming.