Monday 21 October, 2019

PHOTOS: Huge turnout for Digicel 5k despite rain

Digicel 5k participants gather at the starting line ahead of the race. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Digicel 5k participants gather at the starting line ahead of the race. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Afternoon showers, which continued with a slight drizzle before and during the Digicel 5K For Special Needs, failed to dampen enthusiasm for the event as thousands of participants made the trek to the communication leader's downtown Kingston headquarters in the wet conditions.

There were fun-filled activities, before, during and after the race which drew entrants from a wide cross-section of Jamaican society.

Funds garnered will go towards the island's special needs community.

Keveroy Venson of Consumer  Brands was the overall winner.

This year, the Digicel Foundation invited special needs organisations to apply for funding of $2.5 million each.

The organisations that will receive the award are Community Based Rehabilitation Jamaica; Step Centre; Early Stimulation Plus; Best Care Foundation and the Jamaica Visually Impaired Cricket Association.

On Saturday, the race, which started behind the Digicel offices along the picturesque downtown waterfront, had the participants traversing some of the major thoroughfares in downtown Kingston and ending at the front of the Digicel offices.

Digicel's Elon Parkinson and State Minister Alando Terrelonge compete in a push-up contest.

At the end, Keveroy Venson of Consumer Brands was crowned the overall 5K run winner, with Garfield Gordon of UCC Steppers second and Aaron Tanu of Kingston College third.

Holmwood High School's Samantha Pryce was the female winner, followed by her teammates Jovi Rose and Zoey Ann Wint.

See more photos in the slider below.

Digicel 5k 2019

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