Everyone's A Winner/The Best Dressed Chicken 5K, 10K run off Sunday, June 17

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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The eighth staging of the Everyone's A Winner The Best Dressed Chicken 5K & 10K road race will run off on Sunday at 6:00 am inside the picturesque Hope Gardens.

This leg of the two-part Everyone's A Winner series will celebrate family with the theme Keep Fit with Dad as will be is hosted on Father's Day.

According to Alfred “Frano” Francis, director of Running Events, this year's staging will be another exciting time for participants and sponsors. “We are constantly adapting to meet the needs of our participants and this year we have expanded our offerings to five races on Father's Day. A massive undertaking, but we believe running in Jamaica has elevated to that level and when you have a family event you must have something for everyone, especially the kids. And, of course, there will be more entertainment, more awards, more refreshments, more runner care and more fun,” he said.

This event will feature a 5K Run, Walk & Stroller categories, a 10K Run, and a special 1K Kids Run. In fact, this leg of the Everyone's A Winner Race Series will see the first 2,000 finishers across all events receiving a medal.

Francis also highlighted that an exciting and memorable feature of this year's two-part race will be the presentation of the inaugural Roy Thomas 10K Club trophy which will be given to the winning 10K team of both legs. The race also serves as a qualifying run in the Jamaica Moves Corporate Challenge.

Aside from the opportunity to earn prizes, participants in this leg of the two-part Everyone's A Winner series will help to raise crucial funds for the Diabetes Association of Jamaica (DAJ). Running Events, in partnership with the Best Dressed Chicken, aims to increase the capabilities of the DAJ with new and necessary life saving equipment.

The DAJ is a charity that has the responsibility to develop and implement a nationwide plan for diabetic treatment, education, and training and is set up to provide diabetes prevention and care to the public. In short, the concept of this Association is to offer all diabetes related services under one roof 'the one stop shop'.

The work of the DAJ, however, goes beyond its main operation, 'the one stop shop', that undertakes the operation of seven branches and two chapters, conducts outreach activities (health checks/screening) and diabetes educational workshops across the island. In addition to offering secondary and primary care with the Ministry of Health through diabetes education, there are also other services such as eye laser treatment, kidney dialysis, and Pharmaceutical services.

On average 8,000 people use the various services each month from all branches. This does not include people seen on the outreach programmes. Therefore, increased resources are constantly at the forefront of their needs.

Diabetes, a lifestyle disease, currently affects 33.9 per cent of the Jamaican population over the age of 15, according to the DAJ. All runners and walkers are being encouraged to get screened before participating at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica. On race day, the DAJ will also offer screening services in addition to the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.

The Everyone's a Winner Best Dressed Chicken 5K & 10K race is presented by Best Dressed Chicken and Running Events Jamaica, in partnership with National Outdoor Advertising, Television Jamaica, RJR 94 & Hitz FM, Jamaica Observer, Catherine's Peak, Salada Mountain Peak Coffee, Hi-Lyte Sport Mixx, the Art Printery Limited, and the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.




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