Wed | Jan 17, 2018

Mandeville Regional hospital to benefit from run

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM
John O. Minott, general manager of Jamaica Standard Products and chairman of High Mountain Coffee road race, in discussion with Annette Salmon, event coordinator at the launch of the High Mountain Coffee Road Race, at the Mandeville Regional Hospital last year.

WILLIAMSFIELD, Manchester:

The dialysis unit at the Mandeville Regional Hospital is set to benefit from the 34th staging of the High Mountain Coffee Road Race this Sunday.

According to the chairman for the High Mountain Coffee Road Race Committee, John O. Minott, this year will produce a new route for the 10K run and new time for all the races.

Minott expressed that this initiative was their way of directly supporting the Manchester communities by contributing funds that will go directly to the Dialysis Unit of the Mandeville Regional Hospital while raising awareness of kidney disease.

The organisers have since received a cheque valued at $750,000 from Lucozade Sport, the performance partner for the event, and are eagerly awaiting the support of other corporate companies.

Contributions to this worthy cause may also be made to the High Mountain Coffee Road Race Wellness Fund at BNS, Mandeville, account number 644311.

Annette Salmon, media relations officer, explained that "the 10K run will begin at the Williamsfield roundabout, closer to the jerk centre, and runners will run along the main (road) through the district of Content, pass the Windalco plant (now Rusal), pass the Pickapeppa Factory in Shooters Hill, up through Kendal, pass the police station, back on to Winston Jones Highway, and down the hill. The route has been basically reversed, with the exception that it will end at the old Williamsfield roundabout and not the one on the Winston Jones Highway".

 

ON THE RISE

 

She added that all races, which include the 5K walk, 5K run, 5K wheelchair and 10K run, will begin at 4:00 p.m. sharp, and with the time of day being cooler, the organisers are anticipating larger race participation.

"Runners from Shore Athletics Club out of New Jersey, USA have participated in the event over the years, and this year is no exception. The number of participants from local running clubs have been on the rise, and this year, we are looking forward to hosting a record number," said Salmon

A total of $370,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the winners from various categories: $30,000 each to the male and female 10K winner, the school prizes remain at $40,000 for male and female 10K winners - a total of $80,000, and a cash prize of $10,000 for the 5K team male and female winner.

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