Davion - High Mountain honing local distance runners
The High Mountain Coffee 10K continues to be a mainstay in the development of Jamaican middle and long-distance running after 33 years on the circuit.
The race started in 1983 and is the longest-running road race currently on the local calendar. It is also the foundation of many of Jamaica's top past distance runners including Madrea Hyman, Kemoy Campbell, and Natoya Goule.
"The High Mountain 10K has contributed to the development of many of our distance runners through their participation from school, and many of them have gone on to have successful running careers overseas," event chairman, John Minott said at Wednesday's launch.
In recent times, the organisers have added a 5K walk and run, and wheelchair races to boost participation, and Minott said it has been working.
"These days, it has become a family fun day event, with a festival atmosphere and huge crowds. Patrons not only enjoy the actual event, but also participate in the after event festivities. It's a day for the entire family, and we are told by shopkeepers and store owners in the region that this is Mandeville's second Christmas," he added.
2 O'CLOCK START
The day's activities begin at 2 p.m. with the 5K walk, 5K run, and wheelchair race. This will be followed by the main event, the 10K race, which starts at 3:30 p.m.
This year's 5K team winners will be afforded a cash prize as a means of encouraging more participation from school teams.
There will also be a recovery zone after the race, where runners can get heart check-ups from the Red Cross and massages from G.C. Foster College students.
The defending men's champion, Andrew Broduer of Finland, will be back to defend his title.