Challenge yourself physically, help save our local environment, day drink with awesome people, and do something utterly ridiculous that you can brag about for the rest of your life.
My name is Andrew Otazo, and I removed 8,000 pounds of trash from Miami's mangroves. In 2019, I walked the Miami Marathon’s 26.2 miles while carrying 30 pounds of that trash. In 2020, I’ll be recruiting a team of motivated, environmentally-conscious champions to push a cart made of 100 pounds of mangrove trash the length of the Miami Marathon. Also, it’ll have a keg. And a sound system. Drinking and revelry will be highly encouraged.
So, why am I doing this? Firstly, I believe in protecting South Florida’s fragile ecosystems. That's why I'm partnering with Miami Waterkeeper, an organization that re-wilds lost habitats, restores damaged mangroves and seagrass beds, and ensures our water is clean. Secondly, I learned that going it alone really sucks. Involving others makes this endeavor a group effort rather than a solitary slog.
All team members will receive a shirt and medal at the end of the race. Participants must be over 16 years old and sufficiently in shape to walk the entire marathon while taking turns pushing the cart. No underage drinking will be allowed. We will be accepting corporate and individual contributions, which will go to funding Miami Waterkeeper's efforts. Any and all donations are welcome, no matter how small. After all, the only way to finish a marathon is one step at a time.