3K Run, A special way to spend Father’s Day

June 21, 2019
A father and a daughter participate in the Fathers and Children 3K run.
A father and a daughter participate in the Fathers and Children 3K run.

A number of fathers and their children turned up for the special 3K Run in the Everyone's A Winner/The Best Dressed Chicken Race Day on Father's Day last Sunday at the Hope Gardens on an invitation from the organisers to make it a special day for the family.

At the sound of the horn at 6 a.m., over two thousand runners, walkers and persons pushing strollers bolted from the Start gate with the determination to win or be in the top 3 of the 3K Run, 5K Run, 5K Walk, 5K Stroller and 10K Run.

In the newly introduced 3K Run for fathers, other adults and children, Seth Hudson, 14, of Mavis Bank High broke the tape first in a time of 12:49, while Tameka James, 16, also of Mavis Bank High was first female across the finish line in 17:37. The winner in the 5K Run was Lucan Banton of the Wisynco Group in 18:28 and Anna Kay Edwards, unattached, in 22:30. The first across the finish line in the 5K Walk was Duwell Allen of ShizzzleFit with a time of 24:38 and Natasha McKenzie in 31:59, while the first place winner in the 5K Stroller category was Richard McLeggan in 22:03 and Fay Samuels in 39:26. First to break the tape at the finish line in the 10K was Henry Thomas of UCT Steppas in 34:36 and Arieta Martin, with a time of 44:17.

UNIQUE RACE DAY

The event was described by Loraine Kemble, Brand Manager of The Best Dressed Chicken as a unique race day for the entire family which offered a healthy balance between the body and soul.

"It was a great day of fun, run, entertainment and fellowship," said Alfred 'Frano' Francis, Race Director of Running Events Jamaica, organisers of the annual event.

A Kiddies' Village provided activities for the children with face painting, bounce-about, merry-go-round, as well as train and dilly dally rides.

A post-event breakfast was served, courtesy of Best Dressed Chicken and Hamilton's Smokehouse, while participants were offered free massages and health checks, with special treats for the fathers.

At the awards ceremony, each of the first 2,000 finishers across all events received a commemorative medal, while the Roy Thomas Trophy, named after the veteran road runner, was presented the this year's run team champions, UCT Steppas.

A rousing entertainment segment was provided by Alaine, Rondell Positive, Pastor Stephen Blake and God Head..

The Everyone's a Winner/The Best Dressed Chicken race was a part of the Jamaica Moves Corporate Challenge, an initiative of the Ministry of Health & Wellness, which saw a number of corporate teams competing in the races. The Jamaica Moves programme encourages organisations to become ambassadors, by promoting healthy lifestyle habits amongst their employees.

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