Old lady runs north street
The Gleaner Company Limited turns 180 years old on September 13, 2014, and to commemorate its anniversary, the newspaper will be hosting The Gleaner's 180 5K Run under the theme 'Fit for 180, Fit for Life'.
The Gleaner, affectionately called the 'Old Dame of North Street', has never lost her youthful zeal and she encourages everyone to participate in the run, proceeds of which will go towards the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Physiotherapy Department and PALS Jamaica (Peace and Love in Society).
A family event, The Gleaner's 180 5K Run is organised by Running Events Limited, and participants can register online or download registration forms at www.runningeventsja.com/events/gleaner180.html.
Cash payments should be delivered in a sealed envelope with a completed entry form and dropped in the 5K boxes provided at the Gleaner Company's head office at 7 North Street, downtown Kingston.
Teams of 50 or more persons pay a discounted fee of $900 per person, while individuals and teams of less than 50 persons will be charged $1,000 per person. The first 1,000 persons to register will receive a limited edition Gleaner 180 bag.
The race will begin at The Gleaner at 6:30 a.m. Spartan Health Club's Steve Ming will lead a high-energy, pre-race warm-up session at the company's East Street parking lot at 6 a.m.
The Gleaner continues to promote Destination Downtown, so runners will be led on a route along South Camp Road, on to Marescaux Road, past National Heroes Circle and ending on East Street where participants will be féted at a free post-race breakfast party.
The first male and female in both run and walk will each win a $20,000 gift certificate courtesy of the National Commercial Bank.