Kingston City Run aims at $4.5 million
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
The Kingston City Run organising committee aims to raise at least $4.5 million for five charities at the third staging of the event on March 15.
"We have managed to raise $4.5 million in the first two years of the Kingston City Run. We raised $2.5 last year, and this year we hope to raise at least $4.5 million for the five organisations," Nicola Madden-Greig, co-chairperson of the Kingston City Run organising committee, said during the media launch yesterday morning at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
The charities which will be assisted are Open Arms Drop-in Centre, Missionaries of the Poor, Food For The Poor, Marie Atkins Night Shelter and Alpha Institute (former Alpha Boys' School).
The Kingston City Run will incorporate three events - a half-marathon, 10K and 5K race/walk.
The 10K has been added because the race organisers wanted to provide participants with more options, as many runners are looking to try out longer distance events, which put their strength and endurance to the ultimate test.
"Over the past two years, we have received several requests about doing a 10K. We believe this is a great opportunity for participants to be challenged at another level while still enjoying all the fun the event has to offer," Madden-Greig, who is also president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) said.
Alfred 'Frano' Francis, race director, says he is happy to be on board this year after missing last year's run because of sickness.
"Last year, I was committed but was called for a rest. I am very thankful to be here this morning and happy to do this event," Francis said.
"The 5K is more approachable, so a lot of people want to step up to the 10K. The event will start at Trafalgar Road at 6:30 a.m. and end at Emancipation Park in New Kingston," he said.
Charles Arumaiselvam, public relations director at Alpha Institute, spoke on behalf of the charities.
"The cause makes the event great. By making the weakest strong, the city gets better. I pretty much represent all the institutions that stand to benefit," Arumaiselvam said.
The main sponsors of the event are JHTA, Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, RJR Communications Group, Jamaica Tourist Board, Carib Cement, Marksman, Ramsons, LifeSpan Water, Herald Printers Ltd, and Digicel.