HE said it with a chuckle but the Rev Dr Howard Gregory, Lord Bishop of Jamaica and The Cayman Islands, was mot earnest in his invitation to potential participants of the second annual Nuttall/WATA 5K Run/Walk themed “Run for Health” on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
Speaking at a press conference to launch the event recently, Bishop Gregory said the Anglican Diocese was totally behind the 5K and other efforts to get Jamaicans to take up running or walking as a means to maintaining a healthy lifestyle while at the same time contributing to redevelopment work at the 90-year-old Nuttall Memorial Hospital, a 50-bed facility owned by the Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and operated by the Nuttall Memorial Trust Limited.
Francois Chalifour, Director of Development & Marketing of Wisynco, title sponsor of the 5K, said that “running, walking is an excellent way to stay fit and reduce the cost of health care in Jamaica”.
Chalifour noted that “while Nuttall is doing all it can to improve the level of health care it dispenses, we must all do our part to reduce the incidence of illnesses”.
Last year, the Nuttall/WATA 5K was successfully launched with participants, including a large cadre of practising Anglicans, professional and amateur athletes, community residents, Nuttall Hospital employees and members of the medical fraternity, entertainers, former patients of the Nuttall Hospital and the general public.
This year, the race is expected to attract even more marathoners due to the addition of “chip timing”, which facilitates more accurate recording of starting and finishing times of participants.
Alfred Francis, Race Director, Running Events Limited, Manager of the 5K, said that “serious runners will appreciate that we will be using ‘My Laps bib tag system’ which records the start/end time of each runner/walker. We will have the best of runners medical care, rehydration by Powerade and WATA, experienced course marshals and Jamaica Constabulary Force escorts”.
Nuttall CEO Harvey Levers noted that the bibs will be assigned to registrants on a “first come” basis and urged all to register by close of day on May 2, 2014.
The Nuttall/WATA 5K Run/Walk is being organised by a sub-committee of the board of directors of the Nuttall Memorial Hospital chaired by Basil Nelson and including Megan Deane and Dr Douglas McDonald and Levers.