CB Group-UWI 5K run set for Novem­ber 13

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

IF LAST year is any­thing to go by, thou­sands of run­ners, walk­ers and wheel­chair par­tic­i­pants are ex­pected to con­verge at the Univer­sity of the West Indies for the fifth stag­ing of the CB Group-UWI 5K on Sun­day, Novem­ber 13, start­ing at 7 a.m. sharp.

The event, which was es­tab­lished to sup­port the Univer­sity of the West Indies Schol­ar­ship Fund to as­sist stu­dents with their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion has again re­ceived the com­mit­ment from the CB Group as the ti­tle spon­sor. Also on board are cor­po­rate spon­sors Na­tional Bak­ing Com­pany, Sco­tia­bank, Port Author­ity, Proven In­vest­ments, May­berry In­vest­ments, Rain­for­est Seafood, the Euro­pean Union, Is­land Grill, Sun Bloc, Power 106, The Pe­ga­sus ho­tel, Dun­lop Corbin, and Run­ning Events.

SO­CIAL RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY

Ac­cord­ing to Pro ViceChan­cel­lor Archibald Mc­Don­ald, prin­ci­pal, UWI Mona Cam­pus, the an­nual event is a part of the univer­sity’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity as the lead­ing ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion in the ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion and sports. He is also op­ti­mistic that this year’s event will ex­ceed the am­bi­tious $20 mil­lion tar­get.

A spe­cial fea­ture of the an­nual event is an award which is pre­sented to a Ja­maican who has given out­stand­ing and ded­i­cated ser­vice to sports. This year, the award will be pre­sented to In­ter­na­tional Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Molly Rhone.

Mc­Don­ald has praised Rhone for her work in net­ball.

“The Univer­sity is proud to hon­our Molly Rhone for her tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion to net­ball. She is a na­tional trea­sure,” Mc­Don­ald said.

The an­nual fundraiser, which is again un­der the pro­fes­sional di­rec­tion of Al­fred ‘Frano’ Fran­cis of Run­ning Events Ja­maica, last year at­tracted more than 4,000 par­tic­i­pants and raised $10.5 mil­lion.

Par­tic­i­pants who wish to study the route ahead of time may visit the web­site at www.uwi5k.com.jm. En­try fee is $1,000 and reg­is­tra­tion is now open at www.run­ningevents.jc.com or at the UWI sports de­part­ment.

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