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Burger King Grand Prix set for October 1 and 22

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Restaurant Associates Limited (RAL), operators of Burger King in Jamaica, has announced the 20th annual Burger King Grand Prix Road Race will be staged today in Mandeville and October 22 in Portmore.

The Burger King Grand Prix is said to be one of the longest-running distance events in Jamaica.

Sabrena McDonald Radcliffe, regional sales and marketing manager of RAL, said the event “seeks to aid the development” of distance running enthusiasts, including student athletes, while “encouraging healthy competitive distance-running among corporate teams across the island”.

The races, which begin and end at the Burger King Caledonia and Burger King Portmore Malls, respectively, are high on the running calendar of hundreds of high school athletes, track clubs and corporate teams.

Participants in the Burger King Grand Prix will vie for $800,000 in cash and prizes. The Mandeville race, which begins at 6:30 am, will feature a 5K Run/Walk and 7K Run. The Portmore race, which will begin at 6:00 am, will feature a 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and 4x1500m Relay.

“Whopper Vibes Segments“ — warm up dance/exercises — will precede each race hosted by radio personality “Jenny Jenny” and a gym instructor.

Restaurant Associates, through its Burger King brand, has been at the fore of several sporting events, including the Grand Prix series and the Burger King Superstakes, one of horse racing's premier annual events.

McDonald Radcliffe noted: “We are investing in sports by providing high-performance programmes in Jamaica to help feed development and growth and provide greater value for local athletes.”