Photos: Everyone's a winner in health ... even babies
This excited dad was joined by his baby on the route through Hope Pastures and Barbican.(Photo contributed)
With three of the five races in the Jamaica Moves Corporate Challenge completed, the competition heats up as 15 companies continue the battle for points to win the top spot of ‘Challenge Champion’.
The third race in the circuit, the Best Dressed Chicken Everyone’s A Winner 3K and 10K run and 5k walk /run/stroller, was held at the Hope Gardens last Sunday.
Proceeds from the race will be used in aid of the Diabetes Association of Jamaica and Jamaica Association for the Deaf.
Participants warmed up at 5:30 am on the lush lawns of Hope Gardens to the sound of heart-pumping music. Included in the lineup of 3K, 5K and 10K walk/run was a 5K stroller race for parents with babies and toddlers making the event a family affair in honour of Father’s Day.
The team was led by Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton who participated in the 10K run.
He excitedly expressed, “The Everyone’s a Winner race is a great Father’s Day gift for me. I can be healthier so I can be a better father for my children and have a long life so I can be there for significant milestones in their lives.”
Everyone's a Winner/ Father's Day special
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Challengers from the teams voiced their excitement for the challenge along the race route.
“I think the Jamaica Moves campaign is a great initiative as we have a lot of persons in society becoming overweight. AIS is a small company but we’re trying; hopefully, we can place 2nd or 3rd. We don’t have the numbers but we’re gonna fight none the less”, said Jomo Blake of Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS).
True to their name, members of Team Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) were out in their numbers.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be apart of Team Ministry of Health and Wellness because we have to support and practice what we preach,” voiced Taneka Edwards from MOHW.
Sherise Griffiths of Team Sagicor remarked, “I think the Corporate Challenge is a great initiative, especially for those corporate workers who only sit at their desk for most of the day, with little to no exercise.”
Andrei Roper, Team Captain of Restaurants of Jamaica (KFC & Pizza Hut) was very enthusiastic about the large turnout of his team.
He expressed, “The corporate challenge is going really strong and every race I’ve seen the excitement and participation from team members. Even more important than the points, we’re trying to stay healthy and promote physical, mental and emotional wellness. I’m looking forward to the rest of the circuit; big up to Jamaica Moves for a great initiative.”
This happy family were winners charged by their super cute, super “baby power”
In celebration of Father’s Day, post-race activities included a delicious Father’s Day brunch, a Kiddies Village with several smiles and laugh-inducing rides and an after race concert with entertainment by artists, including singer Alaine.
In support of the deaf, a sign language interpreter was on stage to interpret all onstage activities. Health and wellness awareness activities included CPR lessons, blood pressure checks and professional massages.
With the challenge coming close to an end, reigning champion Rainforest Seafood currently remains atop the leaderboard with Advanced Integrated Systems, FLOW Jamaica, Wisynco Group Ltd and Jamaica Broilers Group Ltd rounding off the top five.
However, points can still be gained at the remaining School’s Out 5K (June 30th, Emancipation Park) and Welcome to Kingston 5K (July 14, Waterfront, Downtown). The races are open for the public to also join in on the action. Visit www.runningeventsja.com to register.