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Digicel 5K Run/Walk set for take-off

Published:Tuesday | October 7, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Wheelchair competitors headline the field at the start of the Digicel Foundation's 5K Run/Walk last year. Contributed

KINGSTON: With less than one week to go, preparations are in high gear for one of downtown Kingston's largest events, the third annual Digicel Foundation 5K Run/Walk for Special Needs.

Scheduled to be held this Saturday, Special Needs Programme Manager for the Digicel Foundation, Judine Hunter, says the foundation, alongside its partners, guarantees another great experience for the extraordinary Jamaicans who will light up the night for special needs.

She said: "We have been working assiduously to ensure that the race route is fully cleared. With that in mind, we will be executing mosquito fogging around our premises, along the race route and in the surrounding areas.

"Additionally, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has facilitated the clearing of trees along the route, while the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is in the process of trimming the trees to allow for better lighting," she added.

The NSWMA will also be washing St William Grant Park (Parade) in the heart of downtown.

Hunter also spoke of the security presence.

"Over the last two years, we are proud to say that the Digicel Foundation 5K Run/Walk has been incident-free," she said. "In ensuring that this year is no different, we are very happy to once again have the full support of the Kingston Central Police and the Guardsman Group, in addition to our personal security officials so that participants can feel at ease."

SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

Race time is at 7 p.m., and funds raised through this year's event will be distributed through Digicel Foundation's 'Showcase Your SUPERabilities' programme, which will provide needed scholarships to students with special needs.

Before the race, all roads leading to the race route will be closed to vehicular traffic between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Traffic travelling to or from the Norman Manley International Airport will be diverted by the police between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Ocean Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic between 7 p.m. on Friday, October 10 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 12.

Registration is open until midnight tonight. Persons can register for the 5K online at www.runningeventsja.com or via the Digicel Foundation 5K mobile app by downloading it from the Google play store.