The 2017 Everyone’s a Winner The Best Dressed Chicken Road Race Series got off to a fast start on Sunday, April 30 at the Hope Botanical Gardens with Lenford Adams and Juliett Dinnal securing the top overall male and female titles respectively in the 5K run. Adams posted a time of 17:41 to win ahead of Shawn Pitter 17:56 and Jerome Kirby 18:23. Juliette Dinnal returned a time of 22:18 to finish ahead of Sovereena Silburn, 24:30 and Victoria Nelson, 24:33 for second and third respectively. The race was the first event of the two-part series, with the second running slated for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18.
Lenford Adams, who was racing for the first time this season, said the event was a good start for the year and that he enjoyed the competition from Pitter.
“I enjoyed the run today, it is a good route and I think the other competitors all enjoyed the competition from each other. I knew most of the guys competing, including Pitter, but I had a strategy and I stuck to it. That proved to be the difference. We were neck and neck most of the way, but I planned to kick on from the 4K marker. That push brought me some separation from him and I drove on from there. I would have loved a better time, but I am not yet in top shape, so I am comfortable with what I posted,” said Adams.
|Competitors run off for the start of the Everyone’s a Winner The Best Dressed Chicken 5K and 9K on Sunday, April 30 at the Hope Botanical Gardens. The two-part road race series will culminate on Father’s Day, Sunday June 18.|
In the day’s other events, Ryon Chambers improved his 2016 second place finish with a big win to take home the 9K title in a time of 33:30, almost three minutes faster than second placed, Jermaine Palmer 35:50. Yasuyuki Koyana was third in 36:14. Janetta Robinson also made a big improvement from her 2016 third place finish to take the pole position in the female 9K in 43:29. Jozanne Harris finished in second place in a time of 44:09 with Tricia McCatty third, in 44:35.
Paula Sinclair took home the female 5K Walk title with an impressive 33:14 to finish way ahead of the pack. Fern Townsend came in second with 36:54 and Nadine Maitland, 37:20 secured third place spot. Jon Saleen Oliphant secured the Male Walk title in 28:24, with Johnson Gladstone and O’Shea Morgan taking home second and third with times of 30:23 and 32:20 respectively.
The first 2,000 finishers of all the race events received a half medal at Sunday’s event. The special commemorative medal is split in two – with the other half to be presented at the series’ finale on Sunday, June 18, which will be a special staging for Father’s Day.
In keeping with the theme of encouraging healthy lifestyle practices, participants received post-race massages along with free blood pressure and basic health checks from the Heart Foundation of Jamaica. The beneficiaries for the 2017 staging of the Everyone’s a Winner The Best Dressed Chicken Road Race Series is the Diabetes Association of Jamaica.