Paul Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Anthony Mills of Xerox Jamaica retained his long-distance title after dominating the field to win the main event in the fifth staging of the Flow/CUMI Come Run road race for charity at the Tryall Golf Club in Sandy Bay, Hanover, yesterday.
Mills took the 10K title in 39.32 seconds, finishing ahead of Karl Williams (44.07) and Bryan Campbell (third) in 45.57, both running under the Rainforest banner.
In the female category, last year's champion, Juliet Dinnal, retained her title, crossing the finish line in 48.10 seconds, while second place went to Karlene Blagrove, who ran unattached, to finish in 48.19. Sagicor's Tanya Allgrove placed second in 52.58 seconds.
Former Kingston College long-distance athlete, Dominic Powell, won the 5K in 18 minutes and 23 seconds. Leon Elliott of Sunset Beach Resort grabbed second place, while third went to Kevan Francis, also of Sunset Beach Resort.
Kamar Ashman won the female equivalent in 25.56 seconds. Maria Spence of Xerox finished second and Kishner Cowell of Flow was third.
Ethan Moe was awarded for being the youngest participant, while Ernest Grant took the prize for oldest participant.
More than 400 runners and race walkers took part this year, which according to Nurse Joy Crooks, a CUMI head nurse administrator, was a fantastic effort to raise funds for the homeless and mentally ill across western Jamaica.
"I am absolutely on top of cloud nine this morning; the support is great, even better than last year, so we are ecstatic with the outcome," said Crooks.
Last year, the event raised approximately $3 million, and this year the hope is to smash the $4 million mark ... because, as you know, things are harder, and we need to keep giving assistance to the mentally ill in our communities," said Crooks.
Donovan White, Flow's vice-president for marketing and sales, himself a participant, said he values the initiative, which will raise funds for CUMI.
"It is for an invaluable cause; the community has rallied communities bringing out more than 400 people to compete, which is always a great thing.
"We at Flow take pride to associate ourselves (for) not just being a sponsor, but also to have our employees participating. This is one way we can show that health is an important aspect of everyday life, and at Flow we want to show we understand and that we also care," said White.
CUMI Come Run is a yearly event held to raised funds for assisting the homeless and mentally ill across St James and western Jamaica.