Breast Cancer Awareness 5K’s turnout impresses organisers
Organisers of The Kiwanis Club of Providence, Montego Bay Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Walk/Run and Wheelchair Signature Project were impressed with yesterday's turnout of participants in their first event, post-pandemic.
The early morning 5K that was held at Fairview in Montego Bay had approximately 1,500 participants from the almost 1,800 that registered.
Proceeds will benefit breast cancer patients through the Jamaica Cancer Society, and children at the Oncology Ward of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, as well as providing support for breast cancer patients and survivors in western Jamaica.
Kadian Brown, club president, expressed gratitude to the people of western Jamaica for the turnout.
"I am more than pleased with the turnout. This is certainly good for the work we have been doing with the Jamaica Cancer Society, Cornwall Regional Hospital and cancer survivors in Western Jamaica.
"We were targeting a thousand and have surpassed that. It's our first 5K after Covid so I am pleased. This shows that next year will be even better as we look to get back to pre-Covid numbers of over 2,000 participants," she added.
Former head of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA), Dr Alfred Dawes, commended the work of the Kiwanis Club.
"I'm very impressed by the work of the ladies at the Kiwanis Club of Providence, Montego Bay. They have gone out putting together this project through pure voluntary service. The event was smooth from start to finish and the turnout was great, so I know they have raised funds that will go a long way in the support of breast cancer awareness and treatment.
"It's exceptional to see them bringing such awareness to this disease, which remains the number-one killer of women in terms of cancers. This must be commended," Dawes said.
Grabbing her second win in as many major road races post-pandemic, Danielle Terrier, women's 5K run winner, said consistency is key to her performances.
Terrier got home in 25.40 minutes ahead of Candice Heaven in 27.35 minutes and Trudy Morris in 27.40 minutes.
"I try and run fairly consistently and at least get to the gym. I'm certainly looking forward to more races. It's always good to run out here and get together for a great cause.
"It was a good, fun and well organised race. It's good to bring such awareness to breast cancer and get people running and exercising," Terrier said.
Men's 5K run winner Garth Abbott said he had to run a tactical race to get through the tape in 18.21 minutes ahead of his counterparts and friends. Brandon Kerr placed second in 19.05 minutes before Marlon Reid round out the top three in 20.58 minutes.
"It was an exciting race. I came to put out my best because I didn't arrive here very strong, so I knew I had to hold my composure to take it," Abbott said.