All systems go for GK Education Run
Anticipation continues to build for the 9th staging of the GraceKennedy Education 5K Run on Sunday, July 9, with a new start of 6 a.m.
The event organisers are expecting a record turnout, while participants are gearing up for a healthy and fun-filled event, with the added benefit of knowing that they are contributing to the educational pursuits of needy students.
Ahead of the event, race director Alfred 'Frano' Francis of Running Events Limited outlined the format, noting that warm-up exercises would begin at 5:30 a.m.
The road race begins at the corner of Port Royal Street and George's Lane, then left on to Duke Street, continuing on to Ocean Boulevard, left on to Port Royal Street, on to Marcus Garvey Drive, turn around at the intersection of Rum Stores Road, then on to Water Lane, right on to Pechon Street, left on to Harbour Street, right on to Fleet Street, then right on to Port Royal Street to the finish line at the Hanover Street intersection.
The following are a few pre-race tips:
- Keep the body hydrated for the challenge ahead by drinking lots of water leading up to race day.
- On the day before the race, make sure to attach assigned bib number to T-shirt as persons without numbers will be disqualified from receiving trophies and fabulous prizes.
- To avoid additional stress on race morning, lay out clothes, shoes, and gear the night before.
- For comfort, make sure that your shoes and apparel have already experienced several runs and walks before race day. Trying something new could lead to blisters and chafing and an overall bad race day.
- On the day before the race, participants are advised to eat a meal containing carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes.
- On the morning of the race, try not to eat anything that you are not accustomed to having early in the morning.
- Although bubbling with excitement, get a good night's sleep.
Persons may register and pay online using a Visa debit or any credit card at www.runningeventsja.com. Or, submit completed entry form and payment to any branch of First Global Bank or at GraceKennedy Limited, 73 Harbour Street, Kingston.
Entry fees can also be paid using GK MPay, GK Value Rewards points, or at any Bill Express location. Then, submit completed entry form and receipt by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry fees: individuals - $1,200 per person; teams (with 50 or more persons) -- $1,000 per person.
Entry fee for the 28K cycle race is $20,000 per team. Entries are neither refundable nor transferable and name changes are not allowed.
Sponsors for the event include National Continental Bakery, Toyota, Rainforest Seafoods, Lucozade, GraceKennedy Money Services, First Global Bank, GraceKennedy Insurance, Sterling Packaging, Salada Foods, Factories Corporation of Jamaica, World Brands, Digicel, Hi Lo Food Stores, GFP Canning, High Lyte, NCU, The Gleaner RJR Group, Nationwide Radio, KOOL FM, Marksman, Guardsman, KLAS Radio, Running Events Ltd, Proven Wealth, Jablum, the Kingston & St Andrew Municipal Corporation.