In its fifth year, the annual Race for Hope 5K Run and Walk is all set for September 30, at the Hope Botanical Gardens in St Andrew.
An initiative of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers and the Nature Preservation Foundation, funds raised by the 5K Run and Walk will be used to support the needs of Hope Gardens, Jamaica's historic icon for open green spaces, fauna, flora and wildlife.
Race for Hope is a fun and healthy event for the entire family to participate in while contributing to the refurbishing of Jamaica's iconic Hope Zoo. According to Hugh Gordon, co-chair of Race For Hope Organising Committee, the event puts the spotlight on Jamaica's 100-year-old Royal Botanical Gardens and Zoo.
"Hope Gardens is the largest, public green space in Kingston and it is our legacy to protect and maintain this fabulous heritage. The Nature Preservation Foundation, a non-government organisation, is responsible for the day-to-day management and ongoing restoration project to bring Hope Gardens back to the pristine condition most of us remember from our childhood," said Gordon.
Running Events Limited, Jamaica's premier road race management company, will be overseeing the race logistics. The course meanders through the Gardens, the Zoo and Hope Pastures, returning to finish in the Gardens. Start time is 7:00 pm.
"The Race for Hope is a wonderful race route, and encourages a healthy lifestyle through running, while introducing environmental awareness via a family fun run," said Running Events Limited's race director, Alfred 'Frano' Francis.
The Heart Foundation will also be in attendance at this year's Race for Hope as they celebrate World Heart Day. The team will provide free basic health checks, which will include blood pressure, blood sugar readings, while cholesterol and BMI (Body Mass Index) will be offered for a small fee.
Race registration is already open and individuals and corporate teams are invited to participate to support this worthy venture.