Burger King road race se­ries be­gins Nov 6

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Raymond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

box­ers here, but he would be invit­ing celebri­ties such as mem­bers of the Floyd May­weather camp to at­tend his shows as an added at­trac­tion.

Speak­ing for the spon­sors, David Shirley, chair­man of the KLE Group un­der which the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records fall, and who also has links with the Bar­bican Beach com­plex, said that his com­pa­nies were pleased to be as­so­ci­ated with the pro­mo­tion. Box­ing, he said, was one of the sports with which they wanted to be as­so­ci­ated, and they would do ev­ery­thing to help it to move for­ward over the next 12month pe­riod and be­yond. THE AN­NUAL Burger Kingspon­sored road race se­ries will get un­der way on Sun­day, Novem­ber 6 with the stag­ing of the Burger King ‘Run Di Road’ 10K at the Port­more Mall start­ing at 6:30 a.m.

A 4x1500-me­tre re­lay for stu­dents will co­in­cide with the 10K event and for this year’s stag­ing en­tries here will be opened to ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions for the first time.

Race direc­tor Al­fred ‘Franno’ Fran­cis is very ex­cited about the ad­di­tion of the ter­tiary stu­dents.

“We have been over­whelmed with the en­tries in the re­lays, and with the fierce com­pe­ti­tion now among the col­le­giate teams their pres­ence will surely add a lot of flavour to the meet as stu­dents af­ter leav­ing high schools are now now adapt­ing well in the se­nior pro­gramme and we do not want to leave them out,” Fran­cis said re­cently.

Ac­cord­ing to Fran­cis, com­pet­ing in the re­lays will help those ath­letes in the sprints with good back­ground work in prepa­ra­tion for their events.

He also stated that one of the aims of the Burger King 10K is to de­velop and pro­mote longdis­tance

FRAN­CIS

run­ning in Ja­maica and pre­pare ath­letes to com­pete in the an­nual Reg­gae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K event sched­uled to be held in Ne­gril on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 3.

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