When the third annual CB Group UWI 5K runs off on Sunday, November 16 at the UWI Mona Bowl, the Smart Eggs Kids K will be making its own history as the first officially timed children’s race on the road race circuit. The Smart Eggs Kids K is specially designed for children ages 4-11 who will be accompanied by Olympians, Warren Weir and Hansle Parchment along with the CB Group UWI 5K scholarship recipients along the race route. The race will begin at 8:00am immediately following the running of the CB Group UWI 5K Run/Walk.
The Smart Eggs Kids K will make history as it will be run under the management of Running Events Limited who will be utilizing the My Laps Bib Tag chip system to officially time the youngsters.
Professor Archibald McDonald, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the UWI Mona Campus noted the importance of getting children involved in healthy lifestyle practices at an early age.
“The Caribbean has the highest rate of amputees due to diabetes which is a lifestyle disease. We need to be proactive in warding off this disease by inculcating in our youth the need for a healthy lifestyle through nutritional diet and exercise,” said Professor McDonald.
Honourable Douglas Orane, CD Co-Chairman of the CB Group UWI 5K has issued an invitation to participating adults, to sponsor a child in the amount of $500 from one of the UWI community schools - August Town Primary, Hope Valley or Mona Primary, to participate in the event Smart Eggs Kids K event. Parents and guardians are also urged to register their children for the race, as it provides an excellent opportunity for the entire family to participate in the day’s activities.
This year the CB Group UWI 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K will seek to double the number of registrants and to raise $15 million to continue funding the scholarship initiative as well as to finance the purchase of much needed equipment for the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Dialysis Unit. Last year, the event recorded 3,000 registered participants and raised $10 million. This brought the total to $28 million over two years, making it the most successful 5K in Jamaica based on the ratio of participants to funds raised. The proceeds go directly into student development through sporting and academic scholarships.
The 2014 edition of the race is being held under the patronage of the Honourable Douglas Orane, CD and Mr. Howard Mitchell in honour of race director Alfred ‘Franno’ Francis who has led from the front in advocacy, through road races, for healthier lifestyle practices in Jamaica.
The Smart Eggs Kids K will be seeking to make history, when it is run as part of the CB Group UWI 5K on Sunday, November 16 at the UWI Mona Bowl, as the first officially timed children’s run. The event’s sponsors are the CB Group, Smart Eggs, National Baking Company, Supreme Ventures Ltd., The European Union, Sterling Asset Management, Rainforest Seafoods Ltd., Jamaica National Building Society, Port Authority, Restaurants of Jamaica, Mayberry Investments Ltd., Shipping Association of Jamaica, Island Grill, All Wrapped Up and The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.