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Guardian Runs to ‘Keep it Alive’ for hospitals

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Patrons Nesta Carter (centre) and Dr Sara Lawrence (second right) display T-shirts for the Guardian Group ‘Keep It Alive’ 5K Night Runs that were presented to them by Eric Hosin (right), president, Guardian Life Insurance, during the launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday. Looking on are Julian Robinson (left), minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, who is also member of parliament for the constituency in which Guardian Life is located, and Karen Bhoorasingh, president, Guardian Insurance Jamaica.

The Guardian Group officially launched its 'Keep it Alive' 5K Night Run at the Talk of the Town ballroom, The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

This year's patron endorsements are Sara Lawrence, former Miss Jamaica World 2006 and Nesta Carter, Olympian, who were presented with their race packages (T-shirt, hat, water bottle and a pedometer) by president of Guardian Life Limited, Eric Hosin, and president of Guardian General Insurance Jamaica Ltd., Karen Bhoorasingh.

The second annual charity double-run is scheduled to take place in Kingston on April 18, then in Montego on April 25. An aerobics segment, guaranteed to create an exciting, high-intensity workout atmosphere, will kick-start the activity at about 6 p.m. on the nights of each event.

For the first time, funds raised in Kingston will be split between the University Hospital of the West Indies and the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, while the Montego Bay funds will be divided between St Ann's Bay Hospital and the Cornwall Regional Hospital. Registration forms can also be picked up and dropped off at these hospitals.

To top the exercise, after the awards ceremony, participants will be treated to an entertainment package featuring a number of guest artistes, including Miguel 'Sizzla' Collins, who was also presented with a plaque for his continued support.

safety measures

Participants were encouraged by race director Alan Beckford that it is important to start to hydrate the body three days in advance.

Bhoorasingh said measures will be implemented to ensure the safety of participants.

"Last year, this race was accident-free and we hope that it will be the same this year," she said.

The benefit of a good exercise is not all. There will be cash awards, among other prizes. Registration can be completed online at www.keepitalive5K.com, as well as through credit card payments, or forms can be collected at any of the Guardian Life Offices. T-shirts are available for $500.

The Kingston and Montego Bay race packages can be collected as of April 14 to 17 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. only at Guardian Life's head office in Kingston, and the Fairview, Bogue and Montego branch offices in Montego Bay.

Registration fee for the 5k Night Run is $1,000 per adult; corporate entry of 50 persons is $40,000, each additional entrant will be $800; 25 entries for a running club is $20,000, while each additional entrant will be $800. A group with a minimum of five persons is $800 per adult.

Registration deadline for Kingston participants is April 8, and April 15 for Montego Bay participants.

The official launch for the Montego Bay 5k Night Run is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 at the Sunset Beach Resort, commencing at 11 a.m. Registration packages will also be available.

cathy.risden@gleanerjm.com