Thursday 9 April, 2020

Heart Foundation targets 5000 participants for Run For Your Heart 5K

(From left) Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, along with senior members of the  Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Dr Andrene Chung,  Winston Barrett and Deborah Chen, pose for the camera ahead of the Crystal Spring Water Run For your Heart 5K/2K.

(From left) Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, along with senior members of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Dr Andrene Chung, Winston Barrett and Deborah Chen, pose for the camera ahead of the Crystal Spring Water Run For your Heart 5K/2K.

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica in partnership with Running Events Limited is seeking to pull out 5000 families and friends at Emancipation Park next month to participate in the Crystal Spring Water Run For Your Heart (RFYH) 5K/2K.

The 2020 staging, which is the fourth edition, will take place on Sunday, February 2 and the event will kick-start the happenings for Heart Month. The race is scheduled to start at 7:00 am.

“We want to keep the message of heart health at the top of minds beyond the start of a new year to every day,” noted Karen Anderson, senior manager for marketing and fund development at the Heart Foundation.

"Heart disease remains the number one killer in Jamaica and across the globe. We want people to invest in their heart health. Eat right, move for 30 minutes a day and if you want a fun and safe space to start; the Run For Your Heart 5K and 2K is here for you,” Anderson pointed out.

Last year, the road race attracted just over 1,500 participants who came out to be “Heart Heroes” and supported the foundation in fulfilling its mandate of keeping testing and screening costs available to all Jamaicans at an affordable rate. 

For 2020, the focus is to garner enough support to maintain, upgrade and increase the amount of equipment and supplies available at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica to be able to maintain and increase preventive screening island-wide.

“We are extremely excited about the early response to this year’s race and encourage everyone to register and rally with The Heart Foundation as we continue to promote and educate to spread the message about leading a heart-healthy lifestyle. I am appealing to everyone to come on board,” stated Winston Barrett, vice-chair of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.

"The number of Jamaicans requiring our support is increasing. Furthermore, we want to keep it at an accessible cost and this race is a major fundraising activity for our programmes. So we would love to see everyone supporting this cause at Emancipation Park on February 2," Barrett further said.

Jamaicans, locally and overseas, can make contributions to the foundation through its website payment portal at www.heartfoundationja.org. Additionally, persons can register online for the RFYH 5K & 2K at www.runningeventsja.com or www.heartfoundationja.org/payments. The registration period closes on Thursday, January 24, 2020.

Registration costs are $1,200 for individuals, while teams with 50 entrants or more will pay $1000 each. 

Race packages can be picked up at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica on Friday, January 31, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and on Saturday, February 1 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

There will be no pick up on race day.

 

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