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Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K provides holiday meals to families in need

Merrill Lynch Bull Run

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, people of all ages came out to beat the bull across the finish line at the Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K. After the major success of last year’s race, Merrill Lynch partnered again with United Way of Martin County to fight hunger. From families to competitive runners and walkers, everyone in the community was invited to participate to raise money for those in need during the holiday season. With the helping hands of so many local donors, sponsors, and race participants, over $10,000 was raised this year to provide meals for families through the United Way Holiday Project.

Awards for the race were given to the overall male and female winner, masters male and female winner, and first through third place in 5-year age groups starting with children who were 10 years old and younger. This year, Jake Murray of Palm City won the race with a time of 18:02.8 and Courtney Ryberg of Port St. Lucie was the top female winner with a time of 21:55.8.

Sponsors for the race include: Thornburg Investment Management; PIMCO; Federated Investors, Inc.; Jeremiah Baron & Co. Commercial Real Estate; JP Morgan Asset Management; Nuveen; Jackson Annuities; PGIM Investments; Asset Advisors Management Inc.; Putnam Investments; Zweben Law Group; Fleet Feet Stuart; Treasure Coast Legal; Panera Bread; Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company and Aldi's.

For over 30 years, United Way of Martin County has been providing holiday meals and gifts to more than 1,000 families and 3,000 children in our local community. In 2018, the United Way Holiday Project provided 2,772 children and 1,150 families with 15,854 toys and 40,452 pounds of food.

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