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All set for Guardsman Games!

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 AMKeisha Hill
Sheila Benjamin-McNeill

Can you feel the adrenaline running through your veins in anticipation of the second staging of the most gruelling and physically challenging showdown on the local calendar? After its successful debut last year, the Guardsman Games returns this September, at the Hope Zoo in St Andrew.

The Guardsman Games is an obstacle-course race (OCR) and team-challenge event that was uniquely designed to promote the core values of the Guardsman Group, including family, healthy lifestyles, bringing communities together and raising much-needed funds to empower youth, while providing assistance to critically ill and children in need.

NEWAPPROACH

According to Sheila Benjamin-McNeill, group director of public relations and advertising, this year, the Guardsman Games will be take on a different approach in which the general public can register to participate.

"To the average person attending the event, it will be two days of family fun, camaraderie and excitement. For the participants, it is a challenge to build confidence, courage, willpower, mental toughness and, of course a chance to win a prize," McNeill said.

The events leading up to the OCR will include eliminations, boot camps and, on the actual weekend, there will be activities for the entire family, including a food court, rides for the kids, zoo tours, dog show, self-defence demos; and plans are also being organised to have an end-of-race lyme and much more.

"To the Guardsman team, the benefit and satisfaction comes from having planned and executed a spectacular event which will provide good, clean and healthy fun for all the family, while raising funds for much-needed help for our nation's youth," McNeill said.

Eliminations for the games will be held on Saturday, August 12, beginning at 9 a.m., while the semi-finals will take place on Saturday, September 2, starting at 10 a.m. at the Hope Zoo. The Guardsman Challenge will begin on Sunday, September 3 at 7 a.m.

HOW TO REGISTER:

Persons wishing to participate must register. Online registration using a visa debit or credit card is available, while, alternatively, completed entry forms and payment will be accepted at the Guardsman Group office at 107 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6.

Early-bird registration, which is on or before July 21, will attract a fee of $3,500 per person or $14,000 per team. Regular registration begins on July 22 and attracts a fee of $4,500 per person or $18,000 per team. Participants in the Guardsman Games Team Challenge can register for the Guardsman OCR Challenge at a special rate of $3,500 per person.

For persons registering for the Guardsman Challenge, the package includes a commemorative finisher medal, official Guardsman Games T-shirt and entry to the after party. The elite package in the Guardsman Challenge goes for $5,500 for early registration and $6,000 for those registering after July 21. The regular package goes for $4,000 and $4,500 per person respectively.

Teams of ten or more persons will pay $3,500 or $4,000 per person, depending on whether registration is done early, while teams of 50 or more persons will pay $3,000 or $3,500.

Entrance to the Hope Zoo for spectators is $1,500 per day or $2,500 for both days.

The awards which will be presented immediately after the challenge will be $240,000 for first place, $160,000 for second place, and $80,000 for third place.

All proceeds from the games will go towards the JDF/Guardsman Hope Zoo Project, the Bustamante Hospital for Children, and the Hope Zoo Environmental Programmes.