Olympian Bert Cameron and President of the MVP Track Club Bruce James were on hand today (February 20) to lend their support to the PanCaribbean Sigma Corporate Run. The Run which took place today on the streets of Kingston saw registered 14,729 participants and raised $15,235,108.00 for the Neo Natal Unit at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston.
The 13th annual Run got on the way at 7:30am on Knutsford Boulevard and culminated on Oxford Road. Cameron, the 1978 Commonwealth Games Champion and 1983 World Champion ran the 5k event with his son and said he was pleased at the level of support that the event has garnered.
“I have been running all my life, and I know the tremendous health benefit that can be derived from running, so to see so many persons out this morning is a wonderful sign,” he said.
Cameron, who was Sportsman of the Year on three occasions, is encouraging more persons to get involved. “ This is my third time participating in the Sigma Corporate Run and to see the event grow from strength to strength is amazing however for the 14th staging we would love to see those numbers grow as we continue to promote healthy living and lifestyle in Jamaica.”
President of the MVP Track Club Bruce James was one of the 7,954 registered walkers who made the journey from the PanCaribbean Building on Knutsford Boulevard to Oxford Road (Emancipation Park).
James, whose club is represented by Olympians Asafa Powell, Shelly Ann Fraser, Bridgitte Foster-Hylton and Melaine Walker, won the male walk division in a time of 33 minutes and 4 seconds.
James weighed in on the importance of participating in such an event. “Without good health none of us will survive, whether you run or walk, we all need to be active,” he said.