Brodeur back to defend High Mountain 10K title
Last year's men's 10K winner, Andrew Brodeur, is back to defend his title in today's 2015 High Mountain Coffee 10K in Williamsfield, Manchester.
Danielle Tauro, the 2015 women's champion, will be absent but another massive turnout from both local and overseas participants is anticipated again this year.
Brodeur, from the Shore Athletic Club in New Jersey, United States, won last year's 10K race in 31:38. The Duke University student was virtually unchallenged after the 3K mark as he romped to the title.
With the inclusion of the 5K Walk, 5K Run and wheelchair race this year, the day's activities will begin at 2 p.m. The main event, the 10K race, is set to start at 3:30 p.m.
The High Mountain Coffee road race started in 1983 and is the island's longest-running road race. It is also the foundation of many of the nation's top past distant runners, including Mardrea Hyman, Kemoy Campbell and Natoya Goule.
Meet chairman John Minott says the event continues to be a landmark in Jamaica's road racing.
"This is a wonderful event that we are extremely proud of. We have seen it grow in excitement and the involvement of not just participants but the Jamaican public on a whole. The race has contributed to the development of many Jamaican distant runners, through their participation from schools they attended, and a number of them have gone on to carve out running careers overseas," he noted.
More than $300,000 are up for grabs in cash and prizes. Adults will pay an entrance fee of $1,000 for all events. There is no fee for children.
Knutsford Express has arranged a special fare for persons living in Kingston who wish to view or compete in the event. Same-day return is $2,900 while same-day one-way is $1,800.
Proceeds from the race will go to the Mandeville Regional Hospital's renal unit for the fourth straight year.