Ex­cit­ing Hugo Cham­bers 5k ex­pected to­mor­row

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

ALL ROADS will lead to Ja­maica Col­lege to­mor­row as the 29th stag­ing of the Na­tional Hugo Cham­bers Memo­rial 5K road race and Fun Run will take place with ac­tiv­i­ties set to start at 1:30p.m with the one-mile spe­cial Olympics and 12 & un­der kids.

The two-mile race for ath­letes be­tween the ages of 13-19 will fol­low at 2:30 p.m with the fea­ture event, the 5K Fun Run/Walk to cli­max things at 4:00 p.m.

This year’s stag­ing pays mem­ory to the late Hugo Cham­bers, an out­stand­ing stu­dent and head­mas­ter of Ja­maica Col­lege.

He was a well-know sports­man and sports ad­min­is­tra­tor who made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of sports in Ja­maica.

Race or­gan­iser Alan Beck­ford ex­pects an­other big turnover for to­mor­row’s 29th stag­ing. “I am very pleased with the sup­port from across the is­land so far, and we ex­pect an­other big turnout – in the re­gion of around 450500 (par­tic­i­pants),” said Beck­ford.

BAT­TLE FOR THE TOP

The 5K event will start on Mona Road on the Ja­maica Col­lege cam­pus and will fea­ture sev­eral of the coun­try’s top mid­dle-dis­tance run­ners and sev­eral high school ath­letes from Vere Tech­ni­cal, Hy­del, Ed­win Allen, Mavis Bank, Holm­wood Tech­ni­cal, Kingston Col­lege and St Jago High, who are ex­pected to bat­tle for the top male and fe­male team awards.

Len­ford Adams is the de­fend­ing male cham­pion, while Sa­man­tha James took the top hon­our among the fe­males last year.

To­day’s event should fea­ture the ri­valry be­tween GC Foster Col­lege’s Oshane Archibald and Mavis Ban’sk Garfield Gor­don, who turned the ta­bles on Archibald at the CB UWI road race last Sun­day af­ter fin­ish­ing be­hind his op­po­nent at the Mico 5K and the Port­more Burger King 10 K events.

The two-mile race in­volv­ing the 13-19 age group, which was added to the pro­gramme in 2009, has be­come very pop­u­lar among high school ath­letes as sprint­ers use the op­por­tu­nity to pre­pare for the up­com­ing track sea­son.

En­try fee is $1200 per com­peti­tor, $500 for stu­dents, and the clos­ing date for en­tries will be to­day.

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