Kingston City Run to introduce first Marathon in Kingston next yearSaturday, October 27, 2018
BY GERALD REID
JAMAICA is expected to stage its second marathon when the Kingston City Run organising committee introduces for the first time the Kingston City Marathon, to be held next year from March 15-17, 2019 in city of Kingston, the capital of Jamaica.
The only other marathon being held annually in Jamaica is the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K road races that have been held in Negril, Westmoreland, every December.
Nicola Madden-Greig, co-chair and co-founder of the Kingston City Run Organising Committee, and who is the current president of Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), made the announcement during a presentation of cheques ceremony to five charities at Jamaica Pegasus hotel recently.
Madden-Greig outlined that the organisers expect to have runners coming from the Caribbean, Britain, Japan, Canada, Denmark, China, Belgium, and the United States of America to participate.
She reminded the gathering that the majority of marathons held worldwide are held in the cities, and it is fitting that Jamaica will be staging this event in the city of Kingston.
She explained that it will be a three-day event of various activities, from March 15-17, 2019 leading up to the big day of the marathon.
There will be a welcome party on Friday, March 15, Health Fair and Lifestyle Expose on Saturday, March 16 at Jamaica Pegasus hotel, Pre-race Pasta Party on the same day at Jamaica Pegasus hotel, to be followed by the marathon on Sunday, March 17.
The JHTA president explained that the move “is exciting news for the competitive marathoners both residing locally and overseas, and in addition the courses for the marathon, half marathon and 10K are certified.
“Though our city may be small in size, Kingston has proven to be a cultural powerhouse,” she added. “Since our city boasts such a rich, vibrant heritage, we felt it was important to highlight it throughout the race.”
According to Madden-Greig, the full marathon will begin in New Kingston and take the path along Devon House, right on King's House, along Hope Road passing the Bob Marley Museum, left on Marley Road, continue around the back to East King's House Road, right on East King's House Road, past Barbican Beach City, turn right on Paddington.
At the end of Paddington the runners will go right onto Barbican Road, turn left on Charlemont Drive, head towards Gibson Drive, turn right on Gibson Drive, then turn left on Hart Boulevard, into Hope Gardens until the turn-around point, then retrace steps to Lady Musgrave Road, turn left at the end onto Trafalgar Road, left at Knutsford Boulevard, and back to Emancipation Park in New Kingston to the finishing line.
She also said that there is to be a post-run awards ceremony at finishing line for the participants.
“We encourage all Jamaicans to join us in Kingston from March 15-17, either by participating in the events, entering as an individual, group or corporate team and/or supporting our charities by making a donation,” the JHTA president said.
Meanwhile Donovan White, director of tourism, endorsed the inaugural staging of the Kingston City Marathon.
He said that Jamaica has a role to play as running is part of a healthy lifestyle, and the marathon will showcase the city of Kingston and its beautification.
“The marathon should also allow people to meet and greet each other and make friends, as the runners who participate in this marathon can go back to their respective countries and outline the experience they had here,” White said.
White said apart from the overseas participants, he expects full local participation from all walks of life to take part in the marathon and make it a very successful event.
He thanked the sponsors and organisers for introducing the marathon, as the proceeds from this event would go a far way towards the Kingston City Run's continuous assistance and support of charities that are in need of items for their facilities.
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