Jamaica Moves to host first 5K on July 8

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Jamaica Moves to host first 5K on July 8

Jamaica Moves to host first 5K on July 8
Thursday, June 28, 2018 Tweet
HE Ministry of Health, under its Jamaica Moves campaign, will stage its inaugural ‘Welcome to Kingston 5K’ on Sunday, July 8.
The event, which is being staged in partnership with Running Events Jamaica, was launched yesterday by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton during a ceremony at Liberty Hall in downtown Kingston.
Tufton, in his address, said Jamaica Moves is happy to be hosting its own 5K, having always provided supported for others.
“Today we’re really feeling elated by the fact that we have this opportunity,” Tufton said. “This really represents an opportunity that was created out of some necessity to take some action, to take some steps… We always had the plans to do our own running venture, but after a year we wanted to assess to see where we were, how complex it would be, what we needed to do, and this actually came out in short notice and we decided that we were gonna to give it the go-ahead,” he added.
The event is the final event in the Jamaica Moves Corporate Challenge Circuit, which began in April and has sought to promote healthy living among staff from public and private companies through friendly performance-based challenges.
The 5K, which will take place in downtown Kingston, is set to begin on Ocean Boulevard and finish at Nethersole Drive. The day’s events will include a 5K run, 5K walk, 5K stroller and 5K wheelchair. Also included in the day’s events is a 28-K cycling race, which will see cyclists riding from the ‘Welcome to Kingston’ sign at the roundabout near Harbour Street to Port Royal and back. All events begin at 6:00 am, with a warm-up session starting at 5:30 am.
For individuals and teams hoping to participate in the running or walking events, the cost is $1,500 per individual, while the cost for the 28-K cycle is $20,000 for each team of six cyclists.
In an effort to contribute to community development, Tufton said part of the proceeds will go towards funding youth educational programmes and to provide blood pressure machines for clinics in the downtown Kingston area. These include the Comprehensive, Rollington Town, Windward Road, Seaview Gardens, Olympic Gardens, Glen Vincent, and Maxfield Park health centres.
Director of Running Events Jamaica and race director for the Welcome to Kingston 5K, Alfred Francis, said the event, as its name suggests, is also an effort to promote the beauty of downtown Kingston.
“We’re gonna take you to one of the most beautiful places in Kingston,” he declared, pointing to the well-kept lawns at the Bank of Jamaica and the other areas.
Tufton also shared the sentiments, adding that downtown Kingston offered a rich diversity of Jamaican history and culture.
“Downtown Kingston is an amazing place,” Tufton remarked. “Oftentimes we ignore it, or when we talk about it we identify it with a lot of negatives…There are many things that are represented in downtown Kingston — the people, the way of life, the institutions, the history — that we need to play upon more to get Jamaicans to have an appreciation for their history in order to recommit themselves to service.”
In response to the increased incidence of non-communicable diseases in Jamaica, such as diabetes, hypertension, cancers, heart conditions, among others, Jamaica Moves was launch last April as the Ministry of Health’s initiative to promote healthy lifestyle habits among Jamaicans, through healthy eating and exercise.
— Cherries Wiles

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