Three tertiary institutions to benefit from MoBay City Run, event's third staging tomorrow
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Montego Bay comes alive on Sunday May 1, with the third staging of the city’s staple road race, the MoBay City Run, where an estimated 5,000 participants are expected to take part in the 5K/10K and walk races.
Two-time winner on the male side Ronique Williams will be back defending his title, as will female champion from last year, Arietha Martin.
The pair will lead a field of local, as well as international participants in the city’s staple fundraiser, from which moneys raised will go to needy students at the tertiary level among the four universities and colleges across the parish.
Approximately $3 million was raised last year and the event’s lead organiser, Janet Silvera, is already looking ahead to Sunday’s run with great optimism.
“We are doing our best to see how much funds we can raise, we are realistically looking at about $5 million this year,” Silvera said, at the press launch.
“MoBay City Run is now perhaps the most sought after road race outside of Negril Marathon, bringing together the city at a time when positive news are needed. The benefits are many, as while you are really donating to needy students in our society, it also offers personal health and wellness benefits,” added Silvera.
The race will get underway 5:30 a.m., in the vicinity of the Old Hospital Park along Gloucester Avenue, better known as Bottom Road and will take the runners and walkers through the city and back to the starting line where the race will end.
Three tertiary educational facilities will benefit directly from proceeds from the MoBay City Run - the University of the West Indies and University of Technology (western campuses), and the Montego Bay Community College.