Why Participate?


Melanoma, a skin cancer, is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Every 67 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from melanoma. Sun exposure is responsible for most melanomas and other skin cancers. Floridians are at risk – of all states, the risk of melanoma is highest in Florida. Runners are at particular risk due to their increased sun exposure. UM’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is on the cutting-edge of melanoma and skin cancer research. A portion of the proceeds from this race will go toward melanoma research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Investing in research can lead to developments of new treatment options for patients with skin cancer.

Official Partner  

The City of Miami’s TEAM FOR LIFE Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) Program (the AED PAD program, or PAD program for short). The PAD program works to help make AEDs available in public and/or private places in Miami “in order to improve survival rates of those who suffer a cardiac arrest.” Hearts are powerful, enduring muscles but they may still succumb to problems that cause them to stop beating. Sudden cardiac arrest is the condition in which a person’s heart suddenly stops beating properly. People of all ages are susceptible. Once the heart stops, the victim has two to five minutes before irreversible brain damage begins to occur. If used in time, the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device can jump start the heart, saving the victim’s life.  Unfortunately, getting an AED to a victim before brain damage occurs is very difficult, which is why installing AEDs in public places around Miami can mean saving someone’s life. Click here to find information about sudden cardiac arrest and AED success stories.

Donate to Sunsmart

Your involvement is greatly appreciated by the SunSmart team! If you are interested in donating to SunSmart causes you may do one of the following:

  • Register as a VIP Donor for the race. VIP Donor Levels/Registration Fees: Platinum $200, Gold $100, Silver $55, Bronze $40All VIP Donors guaranteed a donor medal! Platinum Level Donors will receive special recognition at the event.

  • Bring cash or check on race day, made out to “University of Miami SunSmart 5K”

  • Mail a check made out to “University of Miami SunSmart 5K” to:

Tanyika Stephenson

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

P.O. Box 016960 (R-59) 

Miami, Fl 33101


  • Please note: Receipts available by request only.

Please contact the SunSmart Team if you have questions about donating! 


Getting involved with SunSmart lets you support local and life-saving causes!

You also get:

· Free skin cancer screening in a private area by UHealth physicians

· Free T-shirt

· Free snacks & refreshments

· A chance to win awards

· An excuse to go for a run

· Meet the Miami Heat dancers and Olympian Manuel Huerta

· To relax on a beautiful beach after the race

· A healthy way to begin your day​!