Tuesday, February 15, 2011

SIGMA CORPORATE RUN SET TO BE BIGGER AND BETTER IN 2011


Kingston; Jamaica: The Pan Caribbean Sigma Corporate Run 2011 is set to go down as the biggest road race event in the Caribbean with over 14,700 runners, walkers and wheelchair participants down to take to the streets of Kingston on Sunday, February 20.

Mr. Alfred “Frano” Francis, spoke to the growth of the event,  “starting with 297 finishers in 1997, the 2011 Sigma corporate run is now the largest single road running event in the Caribbean & Central America. This has been achieved through consistent and excellent partnerships”.

The 5.6 k or 3.5 mile race will again start at Knutsford Boulevard and culminate at Emancipation Park in New Kingston. Already well over 100 Corporate and over 60 non-corporate groups have confirmed their participation in this year’s charity event, which will see all proceeds going to the Victoria Jubilee Hospital’s Neo Natal Care Unit.

Race Organizer Alfred “Frano” Francis of Jamdammers Race Club says his team has already begun implementing procedures to offset the increased numbers anticipated this year.
“We expect about 10,000 walkers and 5,000 runners and with this we have put in double the amount of water stops as well as additional personnel as our team aim to maintain our good record in expert race management.”  

The organizers are emphasizing that the race will start exactly at 7:30 am.
The route for this year’s event remain the same as last year with the start at Knutsford Boulevard and going along Waterloo Road then unto West Kings House Road before turning on to Constant Spring Road.

The course will then take participants on to Suthermere and Hope Road then unto Winchester Road and Ruthven Road. The final leg of the 3.5 k race culminates on Half Way Three Road and then Oxford Road for the finish.

The intersection of Knutsford and Oxford Road will be closed to traffic as of 4:00am, as well as, there will be no parking permitted long the entire length of Knutsford Boulevard and around Emancipation Park and Park Boulevard.

The race day timing will be handled by the US based company Champion-chip out of Minnesota who will be providing each participant with a specially designed bib that will record individual time accurately as they complete the race.

A new multi media feature will also be introduced in the 2011 staging of the Sigma Corporate Run as for the first time video monitoring will be utilized whereby participants can visit the PanCaribbean website and enter their bib number to see video footage of themselves crossing the finish line.
Persons cannot participate in the race can also make donations directly to the cause.

PanCaribbean Sigma Corporate Run began in 1999 in downtown Kingston at Breezy Castle with a target of $500,000.00 for the Jamaica Foundation for Cardiac Disease. The theme “Straight from the Heart” was well supported with 297 persons completing the run. Over its 12 year history beneficiaries include The University Hospital Labour Ward, Jamaica Aids Support for Life, the Renal Units of the UHWI, KPH & Cornwall Regional Hospitals. The Bustamante Hospital for Children, and paediatric wards for Spanish Town, May Pen, St. Ann’s Bay, Sav-la-mar, Cornwall Regional and Mandeville Regional Hospitals have also benefitted from proceeds of the Run. The 2010 recipients, Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, Jamaica Association for the Deaf and the Jamaica Society for the Blind benefited from the $11,181,000.00 raised through partnership with The National Health Fund.

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