Barbara Ellington, Public Affairs Editor
As time inches closer to the second annual Training Camp 5K Run/Walk, prospective participants are getting in gear by working out with Q-Fit instructors on Saturday mornings in the lush serenity of Hope Gardens.
At 6:30 on a typical Saturday morning, most people in the capital city are probably still in dreamland, but for the past four weeks, prospective participants in the January 6 Training Camp 5K Run/Walk, have been gathering at Hope Gardens to train. Saturday last was particularly pleasing to one of the organisers, Olive McNaughton, because the grass was still wet following pre-dawn showers but more than 20 persons turned out to train.
Fitness instructor Carvel Clarke was merciless as he led the 75 minute-long session. Late comers had to do 15 push-ups ... in the wet grass before being allowed to join the class.
The Optimist Club is joining the run/walk to raise funds for their charities but the major part of the funds raised will go to two Corporate Area schools.
Q-Fit consists of three partners: Oliver Mair, Carvel Clarke and Floyd Quarrie. The trio who operate out of Hope Gardens on Saturday mornings, also offer personal training during the week. Get details at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quarrie told The Gleaner that they will launch officially in the new year at which time, everyone will learn more about them. "Prices will be affordable," Mair said.
After working up a sweat, the group cooled down with ice-cold bottles of Hi-Lyte courtesy of the sponsor. Come January 6, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's "Let's Get Moving" campaign will also participate in the run/walk. The drive is endorsed by police Commissioner Owen Ellington and like the Training Camp 5K, it promotes health and wellness.
"They are participating as well as providing security escorts by the Motorised Patrol Division," McNaughton said.
Dr Neil Gardner of Gardner Chiropractic will also provide free services and the Heart Foundation of Jamaica will be on hand to carry out free blood pressure checks.
Sponsors of the event are: Delta, Caribbean Airlines, Answers for Children, Hi-Lyte, The Gleaner, Power 106, Manor Park Plaza, KLAS FM, Trafalgar Travel, Jamaica Springs and Green Energy.For more information and to enter by December 29, go to: Training Camp, Upper Manor Park Plaza, Mall Plaza or Trafalgar Travel, 14 Garelli Avenue or Phone: 906-7972/931-0310/881-6895 or Email:email@example.com