Sport

Ready, set, go for Sigma 5K

BY SHERDON COWAN OBSERVER WRITER

Sunday, February 16, 2014    

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THE warm-up was done and it was fun, but now it is time for the run. The 16th staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate 5K will run off outside the headquarters of Sagicor Group on Knutsford Boulevard at 7:30 am today.

The Sigma Corporate Run is bound to make history yet again as a record-breaking 22,210 individuals are registered to take part in the celebration of its 16th anniversary, which is aimed at allotting a mammoth $18 million for charities such as the Sickle Cell Unit at UWI with support for the Sickle Cell Trust in Mandeville, the Special Care Nursery at the University Hospital and the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation.

From the start the run will go left onto Trafalgar Road, onto Waterloo Road, left onto West King's House Road, left onto Constant Spring Road, left onto Suthermere Road continuing to Parish Place, then left onto Hope Road, right onto Winchester Road, then right onto Ruthven Road, left onto Half-Way-Tree Road, then left onto Oxford Road ending at Emancipation Park.

There will be awards for first to third place finishers in the Best Company T-Shirt, Largest Corporate Team, Wheelchair (male & female), Open Run (male & female), Corporate Run (male & female), Corporate Run Executive Management (male & female), Youth (16 years & under) Open Run ( male & female) and the Open Walk (male & female).

The run will be under the patronage of three of Jamaica's most well-rounded women — Her Excellency Lady Patricia Allen, female athlete of the year, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who participated in England yesterday, and Jamaica's voice Tessanne Chin.

The Sigma Corporate Run since its inception in 1999 has always been focused on providing financial and moral support for many health and child-related organisations. Being the Caribbean's largest 5K event, it has so far raised over $118 million and has assisted a total of 22 organisations.

Last year saw a historic number of 20,501 persons registered to walk, run or wheelchair, which saw a record-breaking $16,026,870 being allocated between the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Jamaica National Children's Home and the Best Care Lodge, which were the beneficiaries.

Sagicor Group Jamaica, the organisers of the annual event, take great pride in making a positive contribution to the lives of the nation's children, and so has initiated this the 16th staging of the historic run, with the theme being Save Our Children, Save Our Future.

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