André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
It's all systems go for tomorrow's Burger King Montego Bay 7K, as over 800 participants get ready to stake their claim in the over $1-million Burger King/ Reggae Marathon Grand Prix Championship bounty.
Overall male champion Shawn Pitter and his female counterpart Marleena Eubank are said to be in no mood to relinquish their titles and meet organiser Alfred Francis is looking forward to the series, which for the first time will also include the hugely popular Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, which culminates on December 1, weeks after the second stop on November 11, at the Burger King Portmore 10k.
"Things are going well and we are now just going through the checklist to ensure that everything is in place," said Francis.
"This is the first year that we have put the Reggae Marathon and 10K in the series. What we have done in the past was to give the champions in the series free entrance to Reggae Marathon, but this is the first time that we are including the 10K as a component of the Grand Prix series," Francis added.
The overall male and female winners will pocket $40,000 each, while the second and third-place runners will walk away with $20,000 and $15,000 respectively. In the masters' category winners will receive $10,000, second place $6,000 and third place $4,000.
One of the key categories is the 'Champion School' section, which will offer $50,000 for the school which accumulates the most points in the series, with the second-place finishers earning $35,000 and the third-place team pocketing $30,000 at the end of the three-race series.