Brodeur back to defend High Mountain title

January 30, 2016
Andrew Brodeur

Last year's men's 10K winner, Andrew Brodeur, will be back to defend his title in tomorrow's 2015 High Mountain Coffee 10K when the 33rd staging on the event takes place tomorrow in Williamsfield, Manchester.

Danielle Tauro, the 2015 women's champion, will be absent but another massive turn out from both local and overseas participants is anticipated again this year.

Brodeur, from the Shore Athletic Club, won last year's race in 31:38. The Duke University student was virtually unchallenged after the 3K mark as he romped to the title.

With the inclusion of the 5K Walk, 5K Run and wheelchair race this year, the day's activities will begin at 2 p.m. The main event, the 10K race, is set to start at 3:30 p.m.

The High Mountain Coffee road race started in 1983 and is the island's longest running road race. It is also the foundation of many of the nation's top past distant runners including Mardrea Hyman, Kemoy Campbell and Natoya Goule.

extremely proud

Meet chairman John Minott says the event continues to be a land mark in Jamaica's road racing.

"This is a wonderful event that we are extremely proud of. We have seen it grow in excitement and the involvement of not just participants but the general Jamaican public on a whole. The race has contributed to the development of many Jamaican distant runners, through their participation from schools they attended and a number of them have gone on to carve out running careers overseas," he noted.

Proceeds from the race will go to the Mandeville Regional hospital's renal unit for the fourth straight year. With part of the proceeds to go towards kidney disease education.

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