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You had your marathon fun, Miami. Now, here comes the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run

A crowd of runners flooded Biscayne Boulevard at the start line as the Mercedes-Benz Miami Corporate Run celebrate its 31th anniversary of health and wellness with 27,000 registered runners at Bayfront Park on Thursday April 28, 2016. Registration has begun for the 2017 Corporate Run race series.
A crowd of runners flooded Biscayne Boulevard at the start line as the Mercedes-Benz Miami Corporate Run celebrate its 31th anniversary of health and wellness with 27,000 registered runners at Bayfront Park on Thursday April 28, 2016. Registration has begun for the 2017 Corporate Run race series. pportal@miamiherald.com

The Miami Marathon had its moment two weekends ago.

Now, get ready for another 25,000 runners and walkers in the Mercedes-Benz Miami Corporate Run – and its sister races – in the 2017 series that has announced its race dates for the wildly popular three-city South Florida event.

The series will begin at 6:45 p.m. April 6 with the Fort Lauderdale Corporate Run at Huizenga Plaza, 32 East Las Olas Boulevard.

It continues at 6:45 p.m. April 12 with the West Palm Beach Corporate Run at Meyer Amphitheatre, 104 Datura Street.

And the huge finale in Miami is at 6:45 p.m. April 27 at Bayfront Park, 310 Biscayne Boulevard.

The event, which started in 1985 as the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Corporate Challenge, has grown from 1,300 entrants to a combined series participation of more than 36,000 last year.

The 32nd running of the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run went off smoothly and festively on a breezy Thursday evening.

Last year, the Miami event’s largest team of 860 companies – 1,904-strong University of Miami – was bigger than that orginal race. The Miami race alone draws more than 26,000.

“For one night the receptionist and the mailroom guy – are there mailrooms anymore? – got to rub noses with the CEO,’’ said Corporate Run director Laurie Huseby of Footworks, which produces the race, at last year’s Miami event. “No complaining on this night. A great morale-builder with your co-workers.’’

Registration is $40 a team member. For more information, contact TeamFootWorks at 305-666-7223 or visit www.mercedesbenzcorporaterun.com or www.teamfootworks.org.

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