Professor Gordon Shirley, UWI principal and co-patron of the race, expressed surprise about the large number of persons who registered for the event. "I expected about 1,000 people, and to have almost 3,000, really exceeds all of our expectations. The spirit of the event was really wonderful. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves", Professor Shirley noted.
Along with the many students participating, business persons, government officials, dignitaries and diplomats also took part in the event.
High patronage, along with an outpouring of financial support from corporate Jamaica, the UWI alumni community and other personal contributions, will go towards assisting organisers in realising their goal of raising funds for student scholarships and the further development of the university's sports complex.
The event's organising committee is now working to tally proceeds to measure their success in reaching their target of J$8 million.
Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind, member of the organising committee and executive director of institutional advancement at the University of the West Indies, noted that, "We have been reliably informed that the turnout was incredible for an inaugural event, and we are happy that people are supporting the University of the West Indies."
Event sponsor, Thalia Lyn, CEO of Island Grill, explained, "It turned out very well in that we got a buy-in from so many people. It wasn't just corporate Jamaica, but we got diplomats out as well as students. So it's a legacy that we really want to leave behind to raise money for such a wonderful cause." Lyn is also co-chair of the Grand Jamaica Homecoming Committee, the group that both conceptualised and birthed the event.
Highly revered Jamaican track and field coach Glen Mills was honoured at the event, with an award