Grace 7th annual run a success
The scenic background of downtown Kingston's waterfront and historic buildings played host to GraceKennedy's seventh annual Education Run on Sunday. Thousands came out in support of the initiative used to raise funds for the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation for education programmes for inner-city youth.
Standing on the podium to address the thousands of participants just before the 6:30 a.m. start of the race, a grateful Don Wehby exclaimed, "Wow ... you look really good from up here!"
The group CEO, who is also the patron of the Education Run, thanked the participants for supporting Grace and staff, and, ultimately, Jamaica.
The cycling aspect, being added to the run for the first time, saw some 14 teams, comprising four to six persons, participating in a 28K course. At the end of the race, Team 'Fresh Vibes' took third place, Team 'Cornwall' second, and Team 'Galiz' first place in 39:11:04. They were the winners of the Jamaica Gleaner/PSOJ Cycling Trophy.
For the runners, the overall winners in the male category were Ryon Chambers, third; Shawn Pitter, second; and Kirk Brown, winning in a time of 15:54. Tanya Allgrove took third place in the female category, with Janetta Robinson second, and 15-year-old Chris-Ann Lewis taking top place in 20:19.
André Smith, Dwight Frazer and Rohan Gordon (26:39) took third, second and first places, respectively, in the walk awards, while Norlene Cornwall took third, with Sharlene Brown and Paula Sinclair (32:41) closing out the top two in the female category.
"The run was a success. We thank all who participated. We thank our major sponsors - National Bakery, UWI Mona, the RJR Group, The Gleaner - and our other sponsors who made it happen. We couldn't have done it without the 4,000 who registered and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. Because you spent some time with us on Sunday, July 12, lives will be changed for the better for years to come," said Tanketa Chance-Wilson, general manager of the Grace and Staff Development Foundation.
The GraceKennedy Education Run partners included Running Events, Grace Foods, Digicel, GKMS , First Global Bank, Fidelity Motors, and Toyota Jamaica, among others.