POST-EVENT MEDIA RELEASE:
May 13, 2022
Media Contact: Tracy Thomas
Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County
Phone: (561) 329-9705
WEST PALM BEACH FL – (May 7, 2022) The Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County & the Equity Entrepreneur Center (E2C) hosted its 1st Annual Palm Beach MLK 5/10K “Chasing the Dream” races on Saturday, May 7, at the Dan Calloway Recreation Complex in Riviera Beach, Florida.
There were kids’ races, a 1-mile fun walk/run, timed 5K and 10K races as well as a warm-up session for participants that was conducted by Certified Trainer Rosa White, Owner of Total Body Fitness with Rosa LLC. Participants enjoyed walking or running on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. between President Barack Obama Highway and Congress Avenue and received a finishers medal after crossing the finish line.
“We had nearly 300 registrants and over a dozen sponsors and exhibitors come out to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, get healthy and support minority-owned businesses—for that we are grateful,” said, Joseph Sanches, Chairman of the Black Chamber’s MLK 5K Committee.
The MLK 5K program commenced with the National Anthem, a powerful and inspiring message from Guest Speaker Dr. Kitonga Kiminyo & CEO of Kielle Medical, LLC, and honoring DeAnna Warren, Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Community Health, Inc. as the 2022 Healthcare Hero.
The overall winners for the 10K were 1st Place Male – Joshua Thomas from Lake Worth, 43:14, 1st Female – Karen Lampert from Delray Beach, 52:18. For the 5K 1st Place Male Matt Triggs, 21:49 and 1st Female – Amanda Witt, Singer Island, 24:20. The Biggest Youth Group was Grove Park Elementary School and Divine Nine Winners were Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The participants’ ages ranged from 4 to 73 years old, and we had a total of 35 volunteers.
Event Sponsors for the 1st Annual MLK 5K include Quantum Foundation, Children’s Services Council, Comcast, Office Depot, Suncrest Hospice, Community Partners of South Florida, Good Samaritan & Palm Beach Gardens Medical Centers, ECF Engineering Consultants, Memorial Healthcare System, and the City of Riviera Beach Parks & Recreation Department.
A portion of proceeds from this event was used to offset the costs for participants looking to improve their health but are not able to cover the full costs of registration. Net proceeds also help provide educational programs as well as other resources to small minority-owned businesses in Palm Beach County through the efforts of the volunteers of two nonprofit organizations, the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, and the Equity Entrepreneur Center.
For Information about the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County https://blackchamberpbc.com/