Saturday 21 July, 2018

Kingston City Run 2018: Thousands turn out to tackle homelessness

Runners start the Half-Marathon race in the Kingston City Run on Sunday morning. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

Runners start the Half-Marathon race in the Kingston City Run on Sunday morning. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

The nation's capital came alive on Sunday morning with the sixth staging of the Kingston City Run (KCR) Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K, as thousands turned out to tackle the issue of homelessness and raise the profile of the city as a tourism destination.

The race began on Trafalgar Road and took runners through iconic landmarks Devon House, King's House and Hope Gardens, and through the streets of New Kingston and nearby roads.

Garfield Gordon of UCT Steppas won the half-marathon in one hour, 12 minutes and 57 seconds. Elisabeth Mondon was the first female to cross the line in the main event, stopping the clock at 1:34:30.

Another runner from UCT Steppas, Oshane Archibald won the 10k event in 34 minutes and 48 seconds. The female category was won by Olivia McKoy in 47:26.

Dwayne Graham of Rainforest Seafoods stopped the clock in 18 minutes and 32 seconds to win the 5k run. Kelly-Ann Beckford was the first female to cross the finish line in 21:23.

Meanwhile, the 5k walk event was won by NCU 91 FM's Duwell Allen in 28 minutes and 27 seconds, with Natasha McKenzie topping the female category in 36:34.

Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams and Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton were among the high profile participants.

Since its inaugural staging in 2013, the Kingston City Run has raised over $12 million in contribution to charities. Among the beneficiaries this year are the Open Arms Drop-in Centre, Alpha Boys School, Marie Atkins Night Shelter, Food for the Poor and Missionaries of the Poor.

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Kingston City Run 2018