Monday, October 29, 2018

All Systems Go For The 2018 ICWI/Jamaica Reach To Recovery Pink Run

Organizers of the eagerly anticipated 2018 ICWI/Jamaica Reach To Recovery Pink Run are reporting that it is all systems go for the 18th staging of the run held to raise funds for persons affected by breast cancer.

The fast-growing run which is held in October, which is internationally recognized as breast cancer awareness month, is expected to pull thousands of pink adorned participants to the Emancipation Park on Sunday, October 28. Pink is the colour associated with breast cancer internationally.

The event’s organizers are projecting this year’s number of participants will out-do last year’s staging where 3000 persons that showed their support strongly by flooding New Kingston with a sea of pink. 
Race director Alfred 'Frano' Francis of Running Events Limited shared that he is confident that it will be another successful staging of the event.

“Participants can anticipate that the run will be a well-organized and fun experience as we are pulling out all the stops to ensure this event is an enjoyable event for all,” added Francis.

Overall male winner of the ICWI/Jamaica Reach To Recovery Pink Run Ari Rodgers (right-blue shirt) is flanked by the Kingston College team that also participated and were awarded overall best male team at last year's staging of the run.
The funds raised from the 2018 ICWI/Jamaica Reach To Recovery Pink Run are donated to the Jamaica Reach to Recovery, an affiliate of the Jamaica Cancer Society that provides emotional psychological support to breast cancer survivors and also in assisting women to access lifesaving tests and treatments.

Chairperson of the Jamaica Reach To Recovery Carolind Graham voiced her gratitude for the continued support for the run.

“We were able to help over 100 women in their fight against breast cancer from the funds raised last year so we are able to see the tremendous support that this run has received. We are extremely grateful to make such a massive difference for women affected by this disease as we have increased the accessibility to well-needed health care because of this run,” explained Graham.

Vice President of ICWI and Chairperson of the Pink Run Samantha Samuda is excited for this year’s staging of the run.

"We are honoured to be a part of this event for the past four years as the title sponsor.  Our goal is to host a fun and family-friendly event that will have new aspects such as colour powder to enhance the experience of the run. ICWI has been touched by the myriad of stories shared with us by persons affected by Breast Cancer who have been helped through funds raised from the run, so I can’t wait to see everyone come out dressed in their pink, for a cause that deserves attention and support from all Jamaicans,” said Samuda.

The 2018 ICWI/Jamaica Reach To Recovery Pink Run will start at 6:30 am at the Emancipation Park with the warm-up exercises beginning at 6:00 am.

Presentation of prizes will follow immediately after the race, which will be chip-timed using the Mylaps Bib Tag system.

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