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CUMI Come Run goes high-tech

Published:Thursday | August 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Organising committee members of the Tryall Club CUMI Come Run 2014 (from left) Jacqueline Hamilton, Lyn Langford, Joy Crooks, Junior Taylor, Tanique Ventura, Rachael Chen, Katrin May and Shelagh Jardim, at the race launch at Robin's Prime Restaurant, Altamont West hotel. - Contributed

For the first time for any race event in western Jamaica, the MyLaps BibTag timing system will be implemented by the organisers of the Tryall Club CUMI Come Run 2014.

The 5K/10K run and walk, staged annually to raise funds by the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), is in its sixth year. Again this year, the event will take place on the grounds of the 18-hole Tryall Club championship golf course.

Announcing the new addition to the event, race coordinator Junior Taylor said the Run will be electronically timed using the international standard in race timing, which offers a more efficient, simpler and accurate method of timing.

Taylor, who was speaking at the race launch at Robin's Prime Restaurant, at the Altamont West hotel last Thursday, said, "The essence of BibTag Timing is a simple disposable timing chip attached to the runner's bib. The chip relays timing information once the runner or walker goes over the timing mats which are located at strategic points along the route."

According to Taylor, with the use of the system, there will be no need for officials at the finish line to remove the runner's bib.

Design for all participants

Outlining the route runners will take, Taylor said although challenging, the route is designed for participants of all levels, including children.

"The unique 5K race course, weaving through Tryall's gently rolling hills, offers one of the most beautiful settings in Jamaica. There will be four hydration stops, which will ensure that every runner will be properly hydrated," he explained.

The event, which is being managed by Running Events Limited, will award first, second and third place in 5K-run male and female categories, the same in the 10K and a corporate challenge, which will recognise the largest team.

The race starts at 7 a.m. and awards will be presented immediately after. Results will be available at www.runningeventsja.com, says the management team.

"We are delighted to once again assist with this race event as CUMI seeks to give back to those members of society who need our help the most. The race is also part of the promotion of the development and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle in Jamaica. We aim to enable participants to take charge of and contribute to their own wellness," said Running Events' Ramone Williams.

He cites events such as this as a way of alleviating pressure on both the corporate purse and the 'already overburdened' health sector.