– public invited to novelty 3km walk/jog
By Edison Jefford
Without question, one of Guyana’s most lucrative and biggest 10km Road Races, the Courts 10K Classic will return to the annual athletics fixture on Sunday September 22 with the appliance and furniture giants pumping in excess of $2M into hosting the race.
“We want to encourage the public; we expect the very best of Guyanese athletes to participate in this race.
We will be spending in excess of $2M,” Courts’ Guyana Inc., Public Relations Officer, Kester Abrams told the media at yesterday’s launch of the 2013 event.
Courts will be hosting the race for the third consecutive year since its re-introduction in 2011 and according to Abrams, the race will form part of the company’s commemoration of 20 years since arriving in Guyana. He said the race is part of giving back to society.
“Courts is very serious about healthy living and lifestyles.
This race is part of Courts giving back to the community,” Abrams noted, adding that sports enthusiasts and the public is invited to take “a walk or jog with us”, citing the 3km walk/jog feature of the event.
He said that the 3km walk and jog is aimed at novelty with corporate Guyana, friends and family members of the company being encouraged to take up the challenge; he said that’s part of Courts facilitating and promoting health outside of the 10km competition.
Banks DIH under its Powerade and Aqua Mist brands are also partnering with Courts for the race that will doll out $100,000 each to the open male and female winners. Second place will pocket a sum of $80,000; third $60,000; fourth $40,000 and fifth $20,000 for fifth place there will also be prizes in the Juniors and Masters’ categories.
Courts Marketing Manager, Pernell Cummings made it clear that Courts will continue to host the race as part of its social responsibility. Cummings encouraged those persons who usually walk in the National Park or on the Seawalls to participate in the event.
“I want to say that Courts will continue to support this race.
A fit nation is also a healthy nation. We will continue to do this as part of our responsibility to this nation,” Cummings stated, adding that there will also be an in-house competition among staff for a prize.
Cummings believes that it is events like the Courts 10km Road Race and 3km Walk/Jog that tell of the company’s commitment to the citizenry of this nation.
With its dynamic slogan “Bringing Value Home”, Courts promises to add lots of value to the 2013 event.
President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), Aubrey Hutson thanked Courts for its role in adding to the athletics calendar annually.
“We’ll be sending invitations to all other sports organisations to come out and participate in the event,” Hutson informed.
He encouraged persons to come out and support Courts because Courts is interested in the health and well-being of the nation. Because of the magnitude of the event, the race usually attracts the best distance athletes in Guyana and this year will be no different.
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