Friday, March 8, 2013

Dr. Merlene Ottey salutes Sagicor Sigma Run

Former Jamaica Sprint queen Dr. Merlene Ottey has hailed the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run a huge success following the 15th staging which took place in Kingston on Sunday February 17. 

Ottey, who was a special guest of the title sponsors Sagicor, was one of the race starters of the event which enrolled over 20,000 participants. 

“I could not believe that so many persons turned out for this event today, all I could see was people for miles, I was so surprised it was definitely a sold out event,” said Ottey. 

Olympian Dr. Merlene Ottey and Honorary Starter at the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run greets Kevon Martin who participated in the Wheelchair race during the presentation ceremony. The run had a record subscription of over 20,000 participants which raised $16, 026,870. The proceeds have been donated to The National Children’s Home, Bustamante Hospital for Children and Best Care Lodge.

Ottey who is the first female Caribbean athlete to win an Olympic medal thanked sponsors Sagicor for what is a tremendous humanitarian gesture. 

“I want to specially thank Sagicor for their continued vision which will help Jamaican institutions, Jamaicans on a whole should be grateful for Sagicor, they are doing a wonderful job for charity and should be commended.” 

The former Jamaica sprint queen, who still laces up for her adopted nation Slovenia, says events such as these can only continue to go a far way in helping to build our nation. 

“When you see the kind of support that is shown here this morning it states that Jamaicans love their country and want to see things better, it is my first time at the Sagicor Sigma Run but maybe I will be back next year for it.” 

The 52 year old says she is not yet ready to hang up her spikes and intends to compete at this year’s World Championship for Slovenia. 

Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run 2013 - Start Line 5.5k road race
Ottey received a special token of appreciation from President and CEO of Sagicor Investments, Donavan Perkins at the start of the event. The presentation was also witnessed by another Olympian, Jamaica’s Asafa Powell who once held the world record for 100m sprint. 
Recently Ottey was conferred with an honorary degree from the University of Technology.

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