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High numbers for CB Group UWI 5K

Published:Friday | November 11, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Young competitors at last year's CB Group UWI 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K.

It's two days before the highly anticipated CB Group UWI 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K and the registration has reached an all-time high.

The increasing requests have forced the organisers to extend the closing date to accommodate the registrants. From all indications, the target of $20 million should be attainable, the race organisers said in a release yesterday.

"We have to be brave in our efforts to support these students who are anxious to obtain a tertiary education despite their dire circumstances. They have fought all odds to make it this far, and it would be a travesty to have them not attain their degrees because of lack of funds,"

said Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind, executive director, Institutional Advancement Division, the University of the West Indies.

According to Buchanan-Hind, the university has been reaping the fruits of its labour with the scholarship programme, and many of the beneficiaries have graduated with honours in the medical field, law, and other vocations.

Thalia Lyn, chair of the 5K event, pointed out that the continued support of corporate Jamaica and other entities is an indication of their serious intent to have an educated population that will contribute to national development. She was referring to the five-year commitment by the CB Group as the title sponsor and other companies that are on board such as the National Baking Company, Scotiabank, Port Authority, Smart Eggs, European Union, Proven Investments, Mayberry Investments, Visual Vibes Limited, Rainforest Seafoods, European Union, RJR Group of Companies, Supreme Ventures, The Gleaner Company (Media), Newstalk, Island Grill, Sun Bloc Awnings and Tents, Power 106, The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, Jamaica Producers, Dunlop Corbin, Newstalk, It's Pixel Perfect, and Running Events.

The annual fundraiser, which is again under the professional direction of Alfred Francis of Running Events Jamaica, last year attracted over 4,000 participants, and the organisers are hoping to increase this number to 5,000 on Sunday. Besides the healthy lifestyle feature of the event, which race director Francis has been advocating, there is always the fun element of entertainment and the fabulous prizes, which this year ,include phones for first-place winners.

Another feature of the annual event is an award, which is presented to a Jamaican who has given outstanding and dedicated service to sports. This year, the award will be presented to Molly Rhone, who has served with distinction in the field of netball.

Entry fee is J$1,000. Students with IDs will pay $500. Registration can be done both online at runningeventsja.com or at The University of the West Indies' Sports Department.