Sunday 9 August, 2020

Kingston City Marathon set for March 15

Nicola Madden-Greig (right), co-chairperson of the Kingston City Marathon, gets the attention of Nicole McLaren- Campbell (left), founder of the Goal Accelerator Club and retired nurse Yvonne Grant, co-founder and administrator of the Open Arms Development Centre on Windward Road, at the launch of the 2020 Kingston City Marathon on Tuesday, January 14. The launch was held at Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Nicola Madden-Greig (right), co-chairperson of the Kingston City Marathon, gets the attention of Nicole McLaren- Campbell (left), founder of the Goal Accelerator Club and retired nurse Yvonne Grant, co-founder and administrator of the Open Arms Development Centre on Windward Road, at the launch of the 2020 Kingston City Marathon on Tuesday, January 14. The launch was held at Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

The eighth staging of the Kingston City Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 15 with organisers preparing for a large turnout.

The 2020 renewal was launched on Tuesday by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and partners at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites in New Kingston.

The Kingston City Marathon was started in 2013 by the JHTA Kingston Chapter along with key strategic partners JHTA, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) and the Kingston & St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC). The event offers participants an exciting run/walk race experience as they enjoy the picturesque views of iconic Kingston attractions.

Proceeds from the run go towards deserving non-profit organisations, especially those dedicated to helping Jamaica’s homeless population.

This year’s run is expected to be the biggest yet, even surpassing the 2019 edition which raised an astounding $3.2 million for the five beneficiary non-profit organisations.

Apart from the marathon, there will also be a half-marathon, a 10K and a 5K. The routes of the marathon, half marathon and 10k are certified by the IAAF, which means records will be recognised by the international body and times can be used to qualify for other marathons.

The marathon will start at Emancipation Park and travel along Knutsford Boulevard to Trafalgar Road. The runners will turn on Hope Road up to Hope Gardens, where they will turn and return along Hope Road to Lady Musgrave Road, onto Trafalgar Road, to Knutsford Boulevard and ending where it started at Emancipation Park.

The 2020 Kingston City Marathon will also be promoting environmental sustainability with event greening provided by the Pathfinders group, an official litter zone sponsored by Minott Services. Additional fan zones will also serve to provide more excitement along the route with a new feature of an obstacle challenge during the 5K.

The activities surrounding the 2020 edition will kick off on March 13 with a festive Welcome Party for runners. The schedule of events continues on March 14 with a Health and Lifestyle Expo focused on both physical and mental Health.

The official running events take place on March 15, starting at 4.30 am for the Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10K and 7 am for the 5K run.

During the launch event, KCM Co-Chair Nicola Madden-Greig noted: “We are extremely delighted and thankful for the support over the years and look forward to surpassing our goals for 2020.”

Additionally, she stated that over six sponsors have already committed to the “Give Kids a Running Chance” feature that facilitates up to 500 inner-city kids participating for free in the event including providing transportation and breakfast.

The beneficiaries this year will be the Open Arms Development Centre, Marie Atkins Night Shelter, Missionaries of the Poor and Alpha Boys’ School.

Route security will again be provided by Guardsman Group and hydration by Lifespan Spring Water.

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