Kemi Igbon and Garfield Igbon emerged female and male victors of the Law Enforcement Torch Run on Saturday, June 9 held at the Police Officers’ Club.
Igbon clocked 23:24 mins to finish well ahead of her closest challengers Pauline Murphy who finished with the clock at 25:29mins with Allison Sutherland close behind at 25:54.
UCT Steppas’ Gordon won the men’s category in 17:23 with his teammate Jerome Kirby a mere three second behind, while Bejaun Jones of the Jamaica Constabulary Force rounding out the top three with a time of 19:17 mins.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the premier avenue for fundraising and public awareness for the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics cater to athletes who are intellectually challenged by giving them an opportunity to participate in several sporting disciplines.
Over 1100 persons participated in the run representing increase a 69 per cent increase compared to last year’s staging that saw 650 persons being a part of the run.
Each year almost 90,000 law enforcement officers participate in the torch run across 35 nations, raising in excess of US $46 million for local Special Olympics programs and more than $461 million since its inception in 1981.
Since 1986 Jamaica has adopted the Torch Run and to date has contributed an estimated JM $30 million towards preparing and sending athletes to international games.
Through the combined efforts of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Jamaica Defence Force, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, the Department of Correctional Services and Jamaica Customs Agency, Special Olympics Jamaica will receive funds to contribute toward travel expenses for the 2019 World Summer Games.
Salada Foods Jamaica Commercial and Corporate Affairs Manager Tamii Brown (center), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay (left) and Chief Executive Officer of the Special Olympics International Ali McNab (right) are all smiles as they pause for a photo with athletes who represented Jamaica at the Special Olympics Georgia Summer Games in 2017