Mondon, Thomas win record-breaking SIGMA Run
Elisabeth Mondon, competing unattached, and Henry Thomas, representing UCT Steppers, were the top female and male finishers at the 21st staging of the Sagicor SIGMA Corporate 5K Run in New Kingston yesterday. The event saw a record number of more than 27,000 participants and also hauled in a record $52,498,324.25 in earnings.
Mondon clocked 21:28.00 minutes to finish ahead of Kelly-Ann Beckford, second in 23:09.00 minutes, while Jozanne Harris of Sun Island Jamaica was third in 23:58.00 minutes. Thomas’ winning time was 17:39.00 minutes, as Kemar Leslie, competing unattached, was second in 18:55.00 minutes, with Kosiani Dunkley, representing Tax Administration Jamaica, closing off the top three among the males in 19:02.00. The event started on Knutsford Boulevard and ended at Emancipation Park.
With three institutions – the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, the Diabetes Association of Jamaica, and the May Pen Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – being the beneficiaries this year, an upbeat Alysia Moulton White, assistant vice-president of group marketing of Sagicor Group, and SIGMA Run team lead, spoke about this year’s staging.
“It was a record-breaking staging this year, and we are very proud to have pulled it off,” she said. “It was the hard work of an amazing group of volunteers and the team from Sagicor Jamaica, and, of course, we were really supported by our leadership from our foundation.
“When we crossed the threshold of $50 million a couple years ago, and when we crossed that of 25,000 people a few years back, and last year was our 20th anniversary, the nerves were high for all of us as [to] how we’re going to top last year’s staging.
“Already, we are the biggest road race in the Caribbean. We have already been reaching records, year after year, and this year, primarily, the focus was on our beneficiaries. We lost a very good friend (and former emcee) in Elva Ruddock last year. Not only were we honouring the people living with lupus by making that institution a beneficiary, but also to honour Elva in a special way. The spirit the people came out with and the fun they had on the run was fabulous,” Moulton White said.
Notable patrons of this year’s staging were Olympian Yohan Blake and international supermodel Stacy McKenzie. Blake, who was a patron for the second time, was very pleased to have played a part in this year’s staging.
“Two years ago, I was a patron, and to be involved once more, I feel honoured. When I was asked to be a patron of the run, I did not hesitate, knowing that I was going to be involved with something that is helping with a needy cause. Knowing that it was the biggest road race event in the Caribbean, this really touched my heart,” said Blake.