GraceKennedy Group - Fun and Frolic in Downtown Kingston for a Serious Cause
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 21:10

Fun and Frolic in Downtown Kingston for a Serious Cause

… Thousands come out for GraceKennedy Education Run

Construction halted temporarily at the site of the new GraceKennedy headquarters, along with traffic, as thousands of Jamaicans participated in the GraceKennedy Education Run in downtown Kingston on July 9.



The framework of thousands of tonnes of vertical steel columns at the construction site signal the permanence of the GraceKennedy Group in the city. Juxtaposed to all the steel and other construction material is the resolve of the company to use the fundraising event to continue to build on the capacity of young Jamaicans by supporting their dreams of rising above their negative circumstances, to become productive citizens.  


As a show of support of the fundraiser, runners, walkers, cyclists and persons in wheelchairs were in high spirits as they made their way along the race route. 


Oshane Archibald of GC Foster College burst the tape at the finish line to become the winner in the Overall Run Male Category In a time of 16:31 minutes; with  Ryon Chambers of Advanced Integrated System  came in in second place in 16:38; and Henry Thomas of GC Foster College in third place with 16.39 minutes.   


In the Overall Run Female Category, Llori Sharpe emerged winner in 20:14 minutes; Chrisann Lewis of Rainforest Seafoods placed second in 20:35 and Karlene Blagrove of Pacers Running Club was third in 21:57 minutes.



In the Female Walk Category Natasha McKenzie placed first with a time of 32:00 minutes. Second place went to Sandra Aitken who clocked in at 32:07 minutes.  Paula Sinclair of UTC Steppas took third place, completing the journey in 32:08 minutes. 


The Male Walk results saw Jon Saleen Oliphant placing first in 29:00 minutes. Damion Henry placed second in 30:42 and Lenworth Hunter placed third in 31:01 minutes.


Rainforest Foods copped the prize for the Best Overall Corporate Run Team. 



The cyclists participating in the 28K race made their way to the airport roundabout and back with the team One Love with a time of 37:31:03 minutes. Toyota A rode away in second place with 37:52:08 while Team Endurance took third in a time of 39:01:38.


Well-known radio personality Wesley “Burgerman” Burger in carrying out his duties as M.C. left no “dead air” for spectators and participants and immediately drew their attention to the waterfront for the rowing exhibition where single rowers in 18ft fiberglass boats, making their way across the water was a fascinating sight for onlookers.  There was a brief anxious moment when one of the boats capsized however the oarsman maneuvered it quickly into an upright position, all part of the training experience.


Many of the event’s supporters used the opportunity to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from the Mini Market, a first time feature at the event. 


Between announcements of winners, games and giveaways and the distribution of prizes, there were surprise appearances by gospel artiste Rondell Positive and Beenie Man. A large number of the patrons remained for their performances.


In the end the target of 9,500 participants was not achieved, but the approximately 4,000 persons who turned up helped to make the Run a meaningful and fun event.