The 15th staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run brings New Kingston alive this morning with record-breaking 20,501 registrants all geared to walk, run and wheelchair in aid of the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Jamaica National Children's Home and Best Care Lodge. The event, which starts at 7:30, seeks to raise $16 million for the charities.
With more people opting to run versus walk/wheelchair each year, it is interesting to note that women now outnumber men 2:1 in the run category. Last year, female participants outnumbered males in the run category by less than 30. This year, the figure stands at over 600.
Ingrid Card, assistant vice-president, group marketing at Sagicor, says the company is appreciative of the overwhelming support received in 2013 and the years preceding. "The Sagicor Sigma Run has been the biggest event on our group calendar for many years. It is near and dear to our hearts because it supports two of Sagicor's core mandates: youth development and nation building."
Card went on to thank volunteers and sponsors who have been on board for the 15-year span of the 5K road race.
For 2013, there are two overall awards: Best Corporate Run Team Male and Best Corporate Run Team Female instead of the single Best Corporate Run Team awarded last year.
The Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run is the largest 5K road race in the Caribbean and the largest per capita in the world.