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MoBay City Run for May 3

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 3:00 AM
From left: Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Dennis Morrison, chats with Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, Gail Abrahams, of Flow and Leslie Brown, JetBlue Airways, Jamaica.
From left: Patrick Prendergast, CARIMAC Coordinator, UWI, Western Jamaica Campus, Janet Silvera, chairman, MoBay City Run, Dr Luz Longsworth, director, UWI WJC and Dr Joseph Grannum, coordinator UETCH Western Campus at the launch of MoBay City Run at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort on Tuesday
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Courts Jamaica Limited will offer free eye screening, telecommunications group Flow will power up the Old Hospital Park on Gloucester Avenue, and Rainforest Seafoods plans to serve at least 500 mini-breakfasts at the second installment of the MoBay City Run.

The 10k/5K charity run and walk, slated for the tourism capital, on Sunday, May 3, was officially launched at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort on Tuesday.

Again, this year, the event has attracted a large amount of corporate support, registering a number of newcomers on their block - Sandals, ATL Automotive, Royalton White Sands, Ward's Power Tools and JetBlue Airways. The Jamaica Tourist Board has upped the ante, sharing front row seats as collaborating sponsors with the North American carrier, which has assumed the role of 'Official Airline'.

JetBlue will fly in media from the United States to the Montego Bay event, and gift the 10K male and female winners with trips to any of their US destinations that they fly to directly from Jamaica.

According to chairman and coordinator of MoBay City Run Janet Silvera, she is upbeat and anticipates an increase to more than 4,000 participants in 2015.

Her optimism has been bolstered by director at the University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus (WJC), Dr Luz Longsworth, who, while speaking at the launch, said, "With less than two months to go before the race, enquiries have been continuous, because those who run for charity understand the needs of the hundreds of students who are helped from the proceeds of this run."

Longsworth, who is the convener for the other tertiary institutions benefiting from the race, told the gathering, "We are grateful to the MoBay City Run for igniting that light and making things happen for our young people in Montego Bay - it's almost like magic."

Other supporting sponsors include Billy Craig Insurance, Bigga, The Gleaner, Di Foto Shoppe and Cover Me Up Tent.