May Day is Bay Day
On Sunday, May 1, when thousands of runners and walkers converge on the Old Hospital Park, Montego Bay, for the MoBay City Run, the town will also be celebrating 35 years of achieving city status.
On May 1, 1981, the resort town was officially designated Jamaica's Second City. In celebration of the anniversary, organisers of the 10K/5K run and walk event have tagged the third staging, 'May Day is Bay Day ... MoBay Runs Again'.
Unveiled at a press briefing at the St James Parish Council and endorsed by the town's mayor, Councillor Glendon Harris, and member of parliament for North Western St James, Dr Horace Chang, MoBay City Run will offer a number of giveaways leading up to the May 1 race day.
"We have partnered with JetBlue, Royalton White Sands, Sandals Resorts and Rainforest Seafoods and are giving away travel certificates, weekend for a family of four, night passes and seafood gift certificates to lucky winners," explained the event's logistics coordinator, Nicole Allen.
Harris said the event offers many great opportunities for the parish of St James and western Jamaica.
"The race's main objective is to promote development for western Jamaica, through the assistance of needy students and the funding of scholarships," he told the gathering.
In the last two years, more than 200 students have benefited from the MoBay City Run Scholarship, which has disbursed $6.5 million to struggling tertiary students in the west.
Chang, in whose constituency the event is being staged, lauded the organisers for the difference their efforts were making in the lives of those in need.
"What this race has succeeded in doing is bringing all of Montego Bay together, no matter what creed," he said.