Large turnout expected for Hugo Chambers 5K
Race organiser Alan Beckford is expecting a large turnout for tomorrow's 28th staging of the National Hugo Chambers Memorial 5K at Jamaica College.
"I am very pleased with the support from across the island so far and we expect another big turn out in the region of around 450-500 participants," Beckford told STAR Sports yesterday.
Activities are set to start at 1:30 p.m with the one mile event for Special Olympics and kids 12 and under. The two-mile race for athletes between the ages of 13 and19 will follow at 2:30 p.m with the feature event, the 5K Fun Run/Walk to climax the day at 4 p.m.
The event is run in memory of the old boy and headmaster of Jamaica College. He was a well know sportsman and sports administrator who made significant contribution to the development of sports in Jamaica.
Expected to battle
The 5K will start on Mona Road and finish inside Jamaica College. The event will feature several of the country's top middle distance runners. Several high school athletes from Vere Technical, Hydel, Edwin Allen, Mavis Bank, Holmwood Technical, Kingston College and St Jago High are expected to battle for the top male and female team awards.
Lenford Adams is the male defending champion while Samantha James took top honours among the females last year.
Tomorrow's event should feature a renewal of the rivalry between GC Foster College's Oshane Archibald and Mavis Bank's Garfield Gordon. Gordon beat Archibald at the CB UWI Road race last Sunday after finishing behind his opponent at the Mico 5K and the Portmore Burger King 10K events.
The two-mile race which was added to the programme in 2009 has become very popular among high school athletes as sprinters use the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming track season.
"This event was started based on a request from coaches who saw this as a necessary addition to the road race calendar," said Beckford.
Today is the closing date for entries: The entry fee is $1200 per competitor. Students will pay a reduced entry fee of $500.