Record turnout for 2019 Guardian 5K night run
Thousands gathered at the Fairview Shopping Centre in Montego Bay, St. James, to participate in the 2019 staging of the Guardian Group Foundation’s Keep It Alive 5K Night Run.
The streets of Fairview, Montego Bay, were busy on Saturday night as thousands of walkers, runners and wheelers gathered to participate in the Montego Bay leg of the 2019 Guardian Group Foundation’s Keep it Alive 5K Night Run.
The Run, which is this year celebrating its fifth staging in Montego Bay, saw 7,840 persons registering the highest number to date in that city.
Clocking the fastest times in the Run category (Male) were: Garfield Gordon of GC Foster College; Henry Thomas of UCT Steppas, and Tyrese Reid of Rainforest Seafood, with finishing times (chip) of 15:10, 15:29 and 16:14, respectively.
In the Female Run category, Kelly-Ann Beckford (GC Foster College); Arieta Martin and Kishawna Robinson (GC Foster College) walked away with the first, second and third-placed trophies in times of 19.28; 21:15 and 22:04, respectively.
In the Walk category (Male), Andre Smith, Duwell Allen and Jamar McTaggart of Knockalva Technical High School Key Club finished first, second and third, with times of 25:07, 25:25 and 29:08, respectively.
In the Female Walk category, Karlene Blagrove walked away with the winning trophy in a time of 32:45, followed by Natasha McKenzie who took the second-place spot in a time of 33:50; and Patricia Grant of NCU 91FM came in third in a time of 34:05.
Mother and daughter duo, Vinnette Green and Sasha McKane placed first and second in the Female Wheelchair category, with finishing times of 28:51 and 44:45, respectively.
Guardian Life’s executive with responsibility for the Runs, Claudette Ashman, expressed gratitude to the groups and individuals who registered for the race and stated that it was very encouraging to see so many Jamaicans coming on board to make a positive impact on health services across the island.
“We are very grateful for this tremendous turnout as it tells us that there are more persons willing to engage in activities which have a direct impact on our country’s health sector. It also shows that more people are getting involved in healthy lifestyle practices, which is a very good sign,” she said.
Since its launch in 2014, the Guardian Group Foundation’s 5K Night Run has grown significantly to become an increasingly important partner in mobilising resources to support the delivery of better health care to the citizens of Jamaica, having contributed to date, approximately $80 million towards the purchase of medical equipment at several hospitals across the island.