The 19th staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run kicks off on Sunday, February 19 in New Kingston with close to record breaking runners, walkers and wheelchair participants set to participate. The charity road race is aiming to raise JMD$60 Million for the 2017 beneficiaries, Bethlehem Home for Abandoned Children, Spanish Town Hospital Special Care Unit and Mandeville Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Run is being held under the patronage of Fr. Richard Ho Lung, Tessanne Chin and Yohan Blake.
Ingrid Card, Vice President of Sagicor Group Marketing is reminding the public that donations are still welcomed as we are still behind our target of $60M. “As we look forward to race day, we continue to welcome donations through the various streams created for that purpose, as we need to ensure that the beneficiaries receive the necessary, life saving equipment and supplies,” said Card.
Donations can still be made by visiting generosity.com and typing ‘Sigma Run’ in the search bar or through the Sagicor Group Jamaica website: www.sagicorjamaica.com and select the option to donate via Generosity.com and PayPal. Local residents can donate through pledge cards or make cheques payable to Sagicor Foundation or Sigma Run 2017. Deposits can also be done at any Sagicor Bank location island wide or cash deposit to Account Number – 5502326386. Persons in the United States may also make donations by contacting the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ).
Registrants are urged to participate in the pre race warm up at 6:45am inside Emancipation Park with Body By Kurt, while comedian Elva Ruddock will take the reins on Knutsford Boulevard at the start line. A 7:30am and 7:35am start time has been set for Wheelchair and Run categories respectively. The Walk segment will commence approximately 15 minutes after.
Participants are asked to arrive in New Kingston, well ahead of the 7:30 am start time to avoid road closures. The public is also advised that sections of Knutsford Boulevard will be closed from 2:00PM on Saturday, February 18.
The event organisers have enhanced systems to secure the safety of participants. Elements such as medical stations and ambulances, security officials, race marshals, hydration stops and emergency numbers on each race bib are just some of the safety mechanisms in place for the big day.
Traffic officials will be on hand to all direct vehicles to designated parking lots. No parking is permitted on Knutsford Boulevard, along the perimeter of Emancipation Park, Park Boulevard or in the NHT parking lots.
About Sigma Corporate Run
The “Sagicor SIGMA Corporate Run” is a 5K (3.4 mile) Run, Walk, Wheelchair event that began in 1999 in Downtown Kingston at Breezy Castle with a target of $500,000 for the Jamaica Foundation for Cardiac Disease. Held under the theme “Straight from the Heart”, the first staging saw 279 finishers. The Sagicor SIGMA Corporate Run is now held annually at Emancipation Park and has become the Caribbean’s largest 5K road race.
Over $200 Million in funds have been raised in the past 19 years to purchase essential equipment for charities such as Sophie’s Place & Mustard Seed Communities, The University Hospital Labour Ward, Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, The Renal Units of the Cornwall Regional, University Hospital and Kingston Public Hospitals, Victoria Jubilee Hospital’s Neo Natal Care Unit and the Cornwall Regional Hospital just to name a few. On February 21, 2016 nearly 24,000 persons ran, walked and wheeled through New Kingston to raise over $35 Million in cash under the for children living with cancer across Jamaica, the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Black River Hospital Paediatric Unit.