Kingston, Jamaica – Over 400
volunteers will be a part of the 7th Kingston City Run and the first Kingston
City Marathon this Sunday, March 17.
The volunteers hail mainly from Colleges and
Universities in the Corporate area along with a diverse group of residents from
across the country. The volunteers will be placed in areas to deal with:
Marshalling water stops along the routes
Water Stops coverage
Record Keeping (to balance the electronic
Start and Close of races
Post-event activity in Emancipation Park
Volunteers’ Manager, Prudence Simpson is pleased
with the response from the team of volunteers “I am happy that the spirit
of volunteerism is alive and well and from the meetings and sessions we have
had, it is obvious people are still happy to share their time and talent to a
worthy cause. It is one of the many positives about this event. This is our 7th
year, and we have gotten great support from our volunteers.”
The event is endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board
and is supported by a cadre of sponsors. The main ones are:
Jamaica – One of Kingston’s best eateries, Usain Bolt Tracks
and Records will host the Welcome Party
for the 7th running of the Kingston City Run.
The world-renowned facility, which has three other
locations (Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and London) will feature as a targeted
sponsor for the event which will host the first marathon in Kingston.
The “run” will be held under the theme Run Di City,
Feel Di Vibe and a collaboration with Tracks and Records “Real Jamaican Vibes”
is a match made for Kingston and “it promises to be a thriller to get the
weekend’s event started,” says Angiel Shaw, head of marketing, Tracks and
The welcome party is scheduled for Friday, March 15 and will feature one
of Jamaica’s top entertainment DJ groups, Coppershot
Disco. The 25-year-old group has been featured in several shows in Jamaica,
Caribbean and in the USA.
The group is known for their style which consists of distinguished
remixes, entertaining dubs, unique mixing, scratching and original jams of
roots reggae, pop, soca, dancehall, hip hop, reggaeton and R&B.
The welcome party will be for registered participants
in the Kingston City Run who will enjoy specials from the delectable menu.
Jamaica – Participants for the Kingston City Marathon,
scheduled for Sunday, March 17 will have access to energy gel, cool sponges and
towels, mist and music along the routes.
Race Director, Alan Beckford and his team are ensuring
that the first (official) marathon to be run in Kingston has “entertainment
along the route which will help to inspire the participants,” he noted.
Beckford, who admits to the tough task ahead is
optimistic that “with runners taking the scenic route via places like Devon
House, Bob Marley Museum, Kings House and Hope Gardens, I believe the run will
be satisfying for all those who compete.”
The planning team is hoping to surpass 5,000
participants which would highlight an increase from last year’s figure (4,876).
The team continues on its quests to target teams from corporate Jamaica,
overseas participants and individuals from running clubs.
Beckford has some advice for first time participants,
especially for the marathon
Pace yourself on the first lap
Drink at every water stop
Take energy gels you are accustomed to
Wear a cap, cool clothes and comfortable shoes
Apply Vaseline under arms, feet and crotch
Take a water bottle if you can and
Get a partner to run with
The marathon route has been certified by the
The race director is happy so far with the
preparations and he is hoping that the race will surpass last year’s target.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to four main