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January 11, 2014
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LIME Foundation's first 6K a success

Contributed - Olympian and LIME Ambassador Yohan Blake relaxes with children after the LIME 6K charity race in Portmore, St Catherine, on Sunday.

More than a thousand participants came out in support of the inaugural LIME Foundation 6K and its primary cause to raise funds towards purchasing kidney disease-screening equipment for the Bustamante Children's Hospital, on Sunday.

LIME Foundation Chairman Errol Miller declared the first staging a resounding success.

"We are pleased and thankful for the support. It gives us great hope for raising the much-needed funds. Running Events and our sponsors combined to help us to put on what is being referred to by many as a first rate event." Miller pointed out.

Unlike traditional 5K events, runners, walkers and joggers alike took on an extra 'K', kilometre, for the kids.

First to complete the course in a time of 19 minutes was seasoned long-distance runner Rupert Green, who made it seem so easy topping the male category.

Green cut away from Kemar Leslie, who crossed the line in 19.25, followed by Robin Rowe, 20.09.

Winners of the female-run category included Judith Dinnal, an impressive 25.37, followed by Jillianne Lewis, a member of 'We Got The Runs', 28.38, ahead of Floret Kelly of 'Double Marchers', 30.49.

In the walk category, Latoya Walker took top honours in 41.20, ahead of Tennecia Dacass, Bank of Jamaica, 41.23, and Paulette Watson, 42.32. Rohan Gordon, 31.04, Maxwell Smith, 32.15, and Andre Smith, 34.19.

A first for many of the seasoned runners, the 6K route was set out over a flat course, comfortable for running and walking on a relatively cool Sunday morning.

The race, designed to be a fun-inclusive charitable event for all ages, abilities and fitness levels, received commendable support from avid runners as well as children who came out for the kiddies bike race, all making the effort to support the worthy cause.

The organisers have not yet completed their tally of donations. however, Miller projected, "In a couple of days we will be able to determine how much we raised from the event, which will start the fund to help raise the money to buy a critical piece of equipment for the Bustamante Hospital for Children."

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