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City Run to showcase Kingston

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 1:00 AM
Nicola Madden-Greig (second left), co-chair Kingston City Run Organising Committee, pins Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett Minister of Tourism (centre) with a Kingston City Run badge during a press launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel yesterday. Looking on are Chris Jarrett (left), co-chair Kingston City Run, Yvonne Grant, of Open Arms Drop-in Centre, and Alfred McDonald, senior director, commercial development and planning, Norman Manley International Airport.

Event chairperson Nicola Madden-Greig says that this year's Kingston City Run Half Marathon 5K and 10K will seek to build the image of Kingston as a tourism destination.

The event will take place on the weekend of March 10-12 and will seek to showcase the city's musical and culinary offerings before the road races on the final day.

"It's a full weekend of activities, and we definitely want people to bring family and friends from out of town, and from overseas, to join us in Kingston to celebrate everything that is Kingston City," Madden-Greig said.

Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams agrees, saying that it is easy to endorse the event as it enhances the image of the city.

"We want to make Kingston a prominent city in Latin America and the Caribbean, and, indeed, on the world stage," Mayor Williams said. "Our vision for the Kingston City Run is to really bring it to the ultimate level, where it is in keeping with our vision for Kingston, which means that we must make it a truly international event that will enhance the image of the city."

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says that the event mirrors the Government's plans FOR making Kingston a cruise ship destination.

"We're going to make marathons happen in Kingston that will traverse the attractions of the city," Bartlett said. "Nicola (Madden-Greig) says she wants to have a full marathon in time. That's where we must go."

The 5K events start at 6:15 a.m. on Trafalgar Road and will take runners through New Kingston and nearby roads. The 10K starts at 6 a.m. and will take a similar route.

Proceeds from the run will go towards the Open Arms Drop-in Centre, a homeless shelter located in downtown Kingston.

- R. P.