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All set for Melbourne 5K Walk/Run

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman

Mark Neita, president of Melbourne Cricket Club, is anticipating a good turn out of road runners during their inaugural Melbourne CC/Pure Water 5K at the club's Courtney Walsh Drive location tomorrow.

Scheduled for a 7:30 a.m. start, the run and walk race, will see part proceeds going towards the establishment of a computer laboratory at the club, as well to raise the awareness of an active lifestyle.

"Preparations have been progressing well, and we are expecting a turn out in excess of 500 runners and walkers," said Neita.

"This, for us, would be a very good indication in our first year of what we aim to be an annual affair on the local road running calendar."

two events in one

Neita, a former West Indies 'A' team representative, also spoke of the concept of a two-in-one event given the convergence of cricket and track-and-field interest.

"The event has been sanctioned by the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association and the Jamaica Cricket Board, for which we are grateful," he said.

"It is also the first time that two different sports are being merged in this format, and to be a part of such an initiative makes us feel proud."

Endorsed by former West Indies fast bowler, Michael Holding, and to be run under the patronage of the mayor of Kingston, Angela Brown Burke, the 5K is set to conclude with an awards ceremony.