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All set for Sigma Run

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Participants leaving Emancipation Park after last year's Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run.

The 18th staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run will bring New Kingston alive this morning when more than 20,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair participants will turn out in support of the event's 2016 charities: Jamaica Cancer Society, Black River Hospital's Paediatric Unit and children with cancer across the island.

The 5K road race has maintained its focus to unite Jamaicans to raise funds for one cause - charity. While numerous child and health-care facilities have benefited from over $160 million raised in its history, the 2016 charities have seen the largest monetary target yet - $50m.

"We continue to welcome donations as we must ensure that the beneficiaries receive the necessary and life saving equipment and supplies," Ingrid Card, vice-president of group marketing at Sagicor, said ahead of today's event.

Competitors will participate in a 6:45 a.m. warm-up session in Emancipation Park with Karelle Ashley of Jamfit, while comedian Elva Ruddock will take the reins on Knutsford Boulevard at the start line. A 7:27 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. start time has been set for wheelchair and run categories, respectively. The walk segment will commence approximately 15 minutes after.

Participants have been urged to plan to arrive in New Kingston, well ahead of the 7:30 a.m. start time to avoid road closures as well as to park and warm up for what is now largest road race in the Caribbean.