Cana­di­ans top f irst Run for Fun Cruise Reg­gae Get­away 5K

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALIT­Y JAMAICA - Carl Gilchrist Hos­pi­tal­ity Ja­maica Writer

CANA­DI­ANS FIN­ISHED first and se­cond in both the men’s and women’s cat­e­gories as Run­nings Events hosted its first ‘Run For Fun Cruise Reg­gae Get­away 5K’ last Tues­day in Ocho Rios.

Ap­prox­i­mately 150 run­ners, who ar­rived in the port of Ocho Rios aboard the Nor­we­gian Get­away, par­tic­i­pated in the event, which took them from the pier along Main Street, Eve­lyn Street, Da­Costa Drive and on to Mys­tic Moun­tain, where they spent time en­joy­ing the at­trac­tion.

Forty-six-year-old Si­mon Tay­lor of Oakville, On­tario, emerged over­all male win­ner in a time of 27:06, ahead of Bruce Lamb, 63, of Lu­can, also in On­tario, 29:37. Third place went to Tom Try­tek, 60, of Harp­swell, Maine, USA, who clocked 30:24.

In the women’s cat­e­gory, Shelly Boyer, 48, of Lon­don, SW On­tario, fin­ished first in 29:10, ahead of Jenny Lamb, 62 of Lu­can, who clocked 32:13. Third was Joann Andryshak, 45, of Florida, who fin­ished in 32: 29

Mean­while, race di­rec­tor of Run­nings Events Al­fred ‘Frano’ Fran­cis said he was de­lighted that Run­ning Events had been cho­sen to or­gan­ise the 5K Cruise Run and ex­pressed hope that this could be the start of many such events to come.

“We have the per­fect ports avail­able in Ocho Rios and Fal­mouth for stopovers for th­ese cruise runs, which are in keep­ing with plans to grow sports tourism in Ja­maica,” Fran­cis said.

While here, the vis­i­tors also do­nated run­ning shoes for dis­tri­bu­tion to stu­dents who will par­tic­i­pate in other Run­ning Events road races through­out the year.

From left: Diane El­lis, Run­ning Events; Jill Beard­s­ley of the Dick Beard­s­ley Foun­da­tion; Ja­son Hall, deputy di­rec­tor, Ja­maica Tourist Board; and Dick Beard­s­ley, cel­e­brated USA dis­tance run­ner whose course records are leg­endary. He is also an au­thor and...

From left: Si­mon Tay­lor, who emerged over­all male win­ner, Kris­ten Page and Fred Wag­ner.

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