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Zumba, neon 5K, concert will be on tap for All-Star Weekend at Bayfront Park

The founder of Zumba, Beto Perez, will be in attendance at the MLB All-Star Zumba party, to be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 9, at Bayfront Park.
The founder of Zumba, Beto Perez, will be in attendance at the MLB All-Star Zumba party, to be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 9, at Bayfront Park. MLB All-Star Fitness Weekend

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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Runners celebrate in an Electric Run 5K. On Saturday, July 8, participants in the Electric Run MLB All-Star 5K will race through Bayfront Park. Olivier Huisman MLB All-Star Fitness Weekend

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.”

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The founder of Zumba, Beto Perez, will be in attendance at the MLB All-Star Zumba party, to be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 9, at Bayfront Park. MLB All-Star Fitness Weekend

The two events are hosted in partnership with MLB, and will benefit MLB Charities to support youth baseball and softball programming.

If you go

  • When: July 8-9
  • Where: Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd.
  • Electric Run MLB All-Star 5K: Begins at 8 p.m. July 8. Registration costs $34.99 per person.
  • MLB All-Star Zumba: Begins at 9:30 a.m. July 9. Registration costs $34.99 per person.
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