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Family fun for all at Run for Your Heart 5K/2K

Published:Thursday | January 31, 2019 | 12:27 AM

Hundreds of families and friends will gather at Emancipation Park on Sunday, February 3, to participate in the Crystal Spring Run For Your Heart 5K, 2K, and Roun’ di’ Track event.

For the third year, the Foundation and local sponsors are offering Jamaicans a unique opportunity to be “Heart Heroes” by helping the Heart Foundation to educate and replicate the lifestyle knowledge of Jamaicans’ collective health.

The event also seeks to raise much-needed funds to offset costs associated with keeping the organisation’s testing and screening services at a subsidised rate.

The Run for Your Heart 5K is a family affair that will host its signature 5K for participants as well as sport an on-the-road 2K run to give children and adults a chance to share in the movement to keep Jamaica healthy. Additionally, patrons will be able to participate in a walk/run around the Emancipation Park track.

Vice-Chairman at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) Winston P. Barrett noted that the event is of great importance to Jamaicans. “The Heart Foundation of continues to support the public health care system, and we remain committed to reducing the mortality rate from heart disease. However, for this to happen, HFJ must raise funds to ensure that much-needed heart care treatment, screening, and testing remain affordably available to all Jamaicans,” Barrett said.

The Run for Your Heart 5K/2K sponsors will be on site to provide healthy snacks and beverages to refuel. There will also be free basic health screening tests and other services offered at a reduced cost. Additionally, children can enjoy free face painting and a host of other activities.

Registration costs are $1,200 for teams with 50 or more entrants and $1,500 for individuals and teams with fewer than 50 entrants. Teams with over a 100 entrants will receive a complimentary tent. Cash payments can be made to The HFJ, located at 28 Beechwood Avenue in Kingston.

Registration can be done atwww.heartfoundationja.org or at runningeventsja.com.