Dig­i­cel 5K run tonight

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

THOU­SANDS OF per­sons will tonight con­verge on the Wa­ter­front in down­town Kingston for the Dig­i­cel 5K Imag­ine Run, which is set for a prompt 7 p.m. start.

Now in its fifth stag­ing, the event is aimed at rais­ing aware­ness and fi­nan­cial sup­port for per­sons with spe­cial needs.

Last year, over 10,600 par­tic­i­pants came out in sup­port of the cause and con­trib­uted a to­tal sum of $8.4 mil­lion, which was do­nated to 12 spe­cial needs in­sti­tu­tions.

“We are over­whelmed by the sup­port that we get from Ja­maica year af­ter year and we are ex­tremely thank­ful for it. It’s not only about the money, it is about rais­ing aware­ness for spe­cial needs. Our aim is for Ja­maica to be­come a fully in­te­grated so­ci­ety, with ac­cess made for both able-bod­ied and spe­cial needs per­sons,” said Sa­man­tha Chantrelle, CEO of Dig­i­cel Foun­da­tion.

She went on to em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of spon­sors to the event.

“Of course, none of this would have been pos­si­ble with­out the help of our very sup­port­ive spon­sors. Cor­po­rate Ja­maica con­tin­ues to show that they take the so­cial devel­op­ment of our is­land very se­ri­ously and it is no dif­fer­ent with this 5K,” said Chantrelle.

The Dig­i­cel Imag­ine Night Run is spon­sored by Marks­man, PayPak, Ja­maica Pro­duc­ers Group, Ur­ban Devel­op­ment

Cor­po­ra­tion, Ex­press Fit­ness, Logo Stitch, Main Event, Na­tional Out­door Ad­ver­tis­ing, Dairy In­dus­tries Ja­maica Ltd., Honey­bun, In­no­va­tive Signs, Ja­maica Pro­duc­ers, ARRC

Me­dia, ProComm, The Lab, Courts Ready Cash, Courts Op­ti­cal, Run­ning Events, Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Pure Na­tional Ice, Ga­torade and the Kingston and St An­drew

Cor­po­ra­tion (KSAC). Me­dia spon­sors are Bess FM, Irie FM, Zip FM, Loop, Mello FM, Na­tion­wide News Network, Love, Suncity, Sports­max and mem­bers of the RJR Group in­clud­ing Power 106, Hitz 92 and TVJ.

TRAF­FIC AD­VI­SORY

Ahead of the race, par­tic­i­pants are asked to take into con­sid­er­a­tion traf­fic changes.

All roads lead­ing to the race route and stag­ing area will be closed to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic be­tween 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Traf­fic trav­el­ling to or from the Nor­man Man­ley In­ter­na­tional Air­port will be di­verted by the po­lice dur­ing this time.

The north­ern lane of Ocean Boule­vard be­tween West and Princess Streets and the two south­ern lanes of Port Royal Street be­tween West and Princess Streets were closed to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic from last night at 7 p.m. and will re-open to­mor­row morn­ing at 7 a.m.

Park­ing is not per­mit­ted along the race route and on the streets in and around the stag­ing area. In­stead, par­tic­i­pants may park at the Bank of Ja­maica park­ing lot, Sco­tia­bank (East lot only), Grace Kennedy (Hanover Street, Ge­orge’s Lane) Kingston Craft Mar­ket, Old Fish­eries Com­plex and the Down­town Trans­port Cen­tre.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Par­tic­i­pants line up at the start line in the 2015 stag­ing of the Dig­i­cel Imag­ine Run.

GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Sa­man­tha Chantrelle

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