Brown turns Dig­i­cel Imag­ine Run 5K into own street party

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

KIRK BROWN is turn­ing the Dig­i­cel Imag­ine 5K Night Run into his own lit­tle spec­ta­cle.

For the third time, Brown proved to be master of the streets and al­ley­ways of down­town Kingston and in cool con­di­tions on a wet road, he dec­i­mated the field to take the men’s ti­tle in the fifth stag­ing of the an­nual event, which raises funds for ‘spe­cial needs’.

The 29-year-old, who also won last year, was 11 sec­onds faster than 23-year-old Oshane Archibald, the se­cond-place fin­isher. Dwayne Gra­ham clocked a re­spectable 17 min­utes and three sec­onds to take third place in the men’s cat­e­gory.

“My aim was to come out here and win it an­other year. The wet roads made it a bit more chal­leng­ing, but I’m glad I made it though.”

The women’s seg­ment was dom­i­nated by teenagers, two of whom placed among the top three.

JU­NIOR TEAM

Llori Sharpe, only 16 years old, but dis­tin­guished as a ju­nior Team Ja­maica triath­lete, crossed the fin­ish line at 21 min­utes and 47 sec­onds, ahead of her clos­est ri­val, 14-year-old Chan­tay Chamberlain. Road race vet­eran Ari­eta Martin, who is 36 years old, was third in 22 min­utes and 48 sec­onds.

“My ob­jec­tive was to make sure that I got out ahead of the pack that usu­ally forms early in the race and then get into my rhythm, in­crease my pace and cross the fin­ish line,” said Sharpe.

The win, she says, gives her con­fi­dence to go far­ther as a triath­lete.

There were over 13,500 par­tic­i­pants, the largest num­ber ever for the fast-grow­ing event.

In the com­ing weeks, Dig­i­cel will an­nounce the to­tal sum raised from the 5K and will hand over the monies to the nine ben­e­fi­cia­ries, namely, the Ja­maica Autism Sup­port As­so­ci­a­tion, Ja­maica Down’s Syn­drome Foun­da­tion, Early Stim­u­la­tion Plus, Ja­maica As­so­ci­a­tion on In­tel­lec­tual Dis­abil­i­ties, Mus­tard Seed Com­mu­ni­ties, Spe­cial Olympics Kirk Brown (left) and Llori Sharpe, re­spec­tive win­ners in the male and fe­male cat­e­gories at the 2016 Dig­i­cel Imag­ine 5K Night Run, pose with their tro­phies after the event in down­town Kingston on Satur­day night.

Ja­maica, Ja­maica Par­a­lympic As­so­ci­a­tion, Abil­i­ties Foun­da­tion and the Caribbean

Chris­tian Cen­tre for Deaf/Deaf Can Cof­fee.

The Dig­i­cel Imag­ine Night Run was spon­sored by Mello FM, Marks­man, PayPak, Ja­maica Pro­duc­ers Group, Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Ex­press Fit­ness, Logo Stitch, Main

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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, Lo­gos­titch, Ga­torade and KSAC. The me­dia spon­sors are Bess FM, Irie FM, Zip FM, Loop, Na­tion­wide News Net­work, Love, SunCity, Sports­Max, and mem­bers of the RJR Group, in­clud­ing Power 106, Hitz 92 and TVJ. Richards

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