Runners set to help charities at Kingston City Run
Five charities across the Corporate Area will benefit from a fleet-footed army of citizens which will pound the streets on March 13 in the Kingston City Run.
This year, organisers are looking to up the ante and increase donations to the run.
"Hosting the event is one of our main fundraisers, and the public always comes out to support because it results in some healthy competition. It is a fantastic event and one that we all enjoy being part of. It is a great way to raise money for local charities," said Nicola Madden-Greig, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, title sponsors of the run.
Thousands of runners in the Kingston City Run Half Marathon, and the accompanying 10 and 5K runs, will be raising money for good causes, with families and children to benefit. Launched four years ago, the run raises funds for the homeless of Kingston, but other groups will also benefit.
Main charities include Open Arms Drop-in Centre, Missionaries of the Poor, Food For The Poor, Marie Atkins Night Shelter and Alpha Boys' School. Entries for the races close on Friday, March 4. Race director Alfred 'Frano' Francis says many local groups use the event as one of their main fundraising events of the year.
"For many runners taking part in the Kingston City Run, it is all about competing with themselves, while for others, it is beating personal goals. However, many will be doing all of that with the added challenge of raising money for charity," he said.
"Over the years, the event has resulted in more than J$7 million dollars being raised for charities and good causes operating nationally ... and the amount of money being generated is something that we are immensely proud of as event organisers," said Madden-Greig.
Since its inception, many international participants have participated. This year, countries that will be represented include Belgium, Norway, Trinidad and Tobago, Japan, UK, Germany, Barbados, Canada and the US. The Kingston City Run route passes some of the Corporate Area's most iconic and picturesque attractions, including Devon House, King's House and the Hope Gardens.