The sixth staging of the Everyone's a Winner Best Dressed Chicken Race Series got off to a thrilling start on Sunday, April 10 with Shawn Pitter of Body By Kurt and Juliett Dinnal securing the top overall male and female positions respectively in the 5K run. Pitter posted a time of16:37 to win from Wayne Brown 17:51 and Jomo-Rhys Gilman 18:11. Meanwhile Dinnal returned a time of 21:18 to finish ahead of Olivia McKoy and Garielle Pratt who posted 23:55 and 24:09 for second and third respectively. The race was the first event of the two-part series, with the second running slated for Sunday, June 19.
|Shawn Pitter receives his award from Lackesha Pitter, Sponsorship and Promotions Coordinator at The Best Dressed Chicken while second place finisher Wayne Brown looks on during the awards ceremony for the Everyone's A Winner Race Series event on Sunday, April 10 at Hope Gardens. Pitter bested the field in to win the male 5K event at the opening run in the two part race series. The second event is slated for Fathers' Day, .|
Dinnal, a Manchester native, recounted that the race was a challenge mentally at first as she had to overcome nerves but settled in and grinded out the win in a keenly contested event.
"I was nervous at before and at the start of the race and I had to just find a way to regain my focus as races like these are as much mental as they are physical. The conditions really helped also as the early morning showers made the morning cool, similar to the conditions at home in Manchester and that sparked my calmness and I just went out hard and then maintained my pace home," said Dinnal.
In other events on the day, the pair of Mavis Bank High teenagers, 19 year old Garfield Gordon and 15 year old Crystal Brown romped to victory in the 8K run. Gordon dominated the field with a time of 26:46 with Ryon Chambers securing second with 29:26 just ahead of 18 year old Shaun Richards, also of Mavis Bank High, in third with 29:53. Brown, like her high school compatriot, also secured the pole position in commanding fashion, posting a time of 33:10. Karlene Blagrove was a distant second flat and Janetta Robinson further back in third with 38:08.
| (L-R) Women's 8K podium finishers, Janetta Robinson, Crystal Brown and Karlene Blagrove show off their awards for an outstanding effort at Everyone's A Winner Best Dressed Chicken Race Series, while Lorraine Kemble, Brand Manager of The Best Dressed Chicken looks on. The 15 year old Brown finished first in 33:10, with Blagrove getting second in 37:00 and Robinson third with 38:08.|
Andre Smith and Shane Pryce, both of the Go Run Running Club, put on a thrilling performance in the 5K walk as Smith posted 28:17 for the victory and Pryce returned a time of 28:35 for second inches ahead of third placed Lenworth Hunter, 28:36. Tracey Tapper secured the female equivalent in 33:56 with Denise Allen clinching second with 34:16 ahead of Fern Townsend with 34:34.
Following the day's races, the event's 2015 beneficiaries, The Diabetes Association of Jamaica, The Heart Foundation of Jamaica and the Department of Medicine- Neurology Dept at the University Hospital of the West Indies, were each presented with a cheque of $250,000 to aid their various operations. This year's beneficiary of the series is the Diabetes Association of Jamaica.
The first 1,000 finishers of all the race events proportionally, received a half medal at event. The special commemorative medal is split in two - with the other half to be presented at the series finale on and will be a special staging for Father's Day.
In keeping with the theme of encouraging healthy lifestyle practices, participants received post-race massages from Bella Oasis Day Spa along with free blood pressure and basic health checks from the Heart Foundation.
The Everyone's a Winner Best Dressed Chicken Race Series is presented by The Best Dressed Chicken and Running Events Limited, in partnership with the RJR Communications Group, Catherine's Peak, Hi-Lyte Sport Mixx, Pure Country Juices, Bella Oasis Day Spa, Pay Pak Couriers, Lumitech, Sleek Photography, the Art Printery Limited and the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.