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Running revolution sweeping Jamaica

Published:Saturday | December 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In recent times, the Jamaican landscape has exploded with a plethora of road races, particularly the 5K run. Alfred 'Frano' Francis, OD, a veteran Jamdammer and director of the renowned road-race organising body, Running Events Jamaica, can be attributed to this surge.

We have witnessed the growth of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run from just 297 participants in 1999 to more than 20,000 in the 2014 edition, it being the largest road race in the Caribbean.

The Reggae Marathon is an IAAF-certified event that attracts runners from all over the world. And with the advent of social media, almost everything has become a social event. So, too, have road races. This has also helped to boost its popularity among Jamaicans of all fitness level.

The promotion of running in Jamaica contributes positively in depth. These organised road races have raised millions of dollars for charity. It has increased the awareness of Jamaicans in the area of health and wellness. Running not only improves your overall fitness, health and wellness, but it also helps you to be better able to handle stressful situations.

You find that you are able to apply that tough competitive, never-give-up attitude that is developed on the road into real-life situations. The guts and strength - mental and physical - developed on the road are subconsciously transferred to the application of everyday life situations.

It improves your sex life, increases your ability to be focused for much longer periods, and is like a natural stimulant. Therefore, as the New Year approaches, if you have not yet joined the running revolution that is sweeping Jamaica, make it a priority on your list of resolutions.

After the first mile, you will see the positive difference that it makes in your life. For the current runners, keep running.

BASIL HARRIOTT

harriott_200@hotmail.com

Old Harbour, St Catherine