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Are you ready? - Exciting new challenges set for Guardsman Games 2018

Published:Friday | March 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton (right) in conversation with Kenneth Benjamin founder of the Guardsman Group of Companies, at the launch of the Guardsman Games 2018.


Looking to test your fitness and agility levels? Well, here's an opportunity to participate in the third annual staging of the Guardsman Games, a gruelling and physically challenging showdown packed with fun and entertainment.

The Guardsman Games, a six-kilometre obstacle-course race, (OCR) and team-challenge event returns on July 22 at the Hope Zoo, St Andrew. According to Sheila Benjamin-McNeill, group director of public relations and advertising at the Guardsman Group, the Games were uniquely designed to promote the values of the Guardsman Group, healthy lifestyles, and providing assistance to the critically ill and children in need.

"The event is built around values such as the importance of health, fitness, teamwork, camaraderie, and family. One of the world's fastest-growing sports activities that basically anyone can train for, obstacle course racing has the potential to attract tourism to Jamaica," Benjamin said.

"The Guardsman Games has been endorsed by Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC) and the North American World Championships as one of its qualifying races. Approximately 67 countries participate in the World Championships every year," she added.

Benjamin said that it is important for all sectors of the Jamaican society to become involved in the games in order to ensure that young people are given the best chance of a good future. "We strongly believe that in helping them achieve their full potential, we can improve their access to education as well as proper healthcare," she said.

This year's format will return to the original one-day event, and will see the first race, the Guardsman Challenge, which is the qualifying race for the OCRWC and the NAG, starting at 6:30 a.m. This event will be followed by the Guardsman Power Games, where teams will be tested on their mental and physical endurance.

A children's race, 'Tuff Kids', designed for children ages six to 11 years, has also been added to the calendar of events for this year. This course will include kid-friendly obstacles such as cargo climb-overs, hurdles, a mud crawl, and more.

The Guardsman Games eliminations will be held on June 23, where teams of four - two males and two females - will be tested in physical and mental challenges to determine the top 10 teams that will qualify for the semi-finals. All teams must register by Friday, June 15.

Entry fees include an early-bird special of $14,000 per team on or before April 30. The regular price of $18,000 is applicable after that period, with non-competitors and spectators paying $500 on the day of the event.