James, Brown top Digicel 5K Imagine Run
Danielle James of G.C. Foster College, with a time of 19:55, and Kirk Brown, with 16:04, topped this year's staging of the Digicel 5K Imagine Run, which saw over 10,600 participants running for special needs - a vast increase over the 8,052 entrants last year - for the Night Run/Walk event that took place in downtown Kingston on Saturday night.
Both James and Brown are no strangers to the winner's podium, as James placed first in the 2013 staging, while Brown was second in the same year.
Meanwhile, the other fast finishers were Tanice Barnes and Crystal Brown in the female category, with times of 20:17 and 20:43, respectively. For the male division, Oshane Archibald (16:25) and Dwayne Graham (16:44) placed second and third, respectively.
In the wheelchair category, Sheldon Cox, who has represented Jamaica at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in the past, was first with a time of 22:18, while Paralympian Sylvia Grant clocked 28:18 to top the female category.
Second- and third-place females were Cherry White (32:32) and Vinnette Green (32:45). The second- and third-place finishers in the male wheelchair segment were Marcus Banton (29:42) and Joel Brown (30:22).
"Seeing the thousands of individuals lined up at the start line this year was heart-warming, humbling and very encouraging for us," said David Butler, CEO for Digicel Jamaica. "Tonight's turnout shows what a community can achieve when it comes together for a worthy cause."
The fourth staging of the event was in aid of 12 special-needs beneficiaries, namely the Jamaica Autism Support Association, Early Stimulation Plus, Genesis Academy, Jamaica Down's Syndrome Foundation, The STEP Centre, Liberty Academy, Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities, Jamaica Society for the Blind, Mustard Seed Communities, Naz Children's Centre and Special Olympics Jamaica.