ZKS Winter Park Road Race Inspires Generosity
Over $300,000 Donated For Local Youth Scholarship Since 1978
The 42nd Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe (ZKS) Winter Park Road Race presented by AdventHealth is Saturday, March 23 in downtown Winter Park, starting and finishing on Park Avenue. Founded by the Meridian Club of Winter Park to raise money for their scholarship program, the event includes a 2 Mile starting at 7 a.m., followed by the 10k at 7:30 a.m.
allowing participants the option to run both races therefore completing the Distance Dare. A free AdventHealth for Children Kids’ Run starts at 9:15 a.m.
The Meridian Club has served the City of Winter Park and the surrounding region since 1977. The club’s activities include the scholarship program that annually awards college scholarships to graduating high school seniors from area schools.
The Meridian Club has given over $300,000 to more than 100 local high school students who are pursuing higher education.
Marina Bruck, a 2014 scholarship recipient shares the impact of receiving a grant. “After receiving the Meridian Club scholarship as a student at Winter Park High School, I went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Florida.
I am currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at Emory University, focusing my research around climate change and infectious disease.”
“One of the tenants of the ZKS mission is to serve our community with our time, talent, and resources. For this reason, ZKS has pledged to provide at least 3500 hours of community service in 2019 to various causes in Central Florida,” said Pam Foels, shareholder at ZKS. “This pledge underscores the ZKS belief that we have a responsibility as members of our community to contribute in a positive way, a belief instilled in the culture of the firm by its founding partners 35 years ago. This year’s pledge also honors the memory of Steve Hatcher, the firm’s past president, whose legacy continues to inspire.”
“Runners and walkers are passionate about healthy living and healthy communities. They truly care about the cause this event benefits,” says Jon Hughes, race director, co-owner of Track Shack and Track Shack Events. “So together with supportive sponsors and fundraising efforts this becomes a local win-win.”
Winter Park Road Race participants receive a peacock-inspired t-shirt, a finisher medal, a souvenir glass, and an opportunity for sports massage and injury assessments provided by AdventHealth. Little runners in the AdventHealth for Children Kids’ Run receive a t-shirt and ribbon. For more information run to www.TrackShack.com.
The Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Winter Park Road Race is also supported by other local champions for youth, health and fitness including AdventHealth, Track Shack, Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic and Shipt.