– 5km Fitness Walk/Jog
The annual mega Courts 10km Road Race and 5km Fitness Walk/Jog is a little under two weeks away and the country’s most popular furniture and home appliance store is ensuring that public is well-informed on aspects of Guyana’s largest road race competition.
The Courts 10km Road Race is only second to the annual South American 10km Classic in terms of prize monies and magnitude. Courts, who will host the race under the auspices of the Athletics Association of Guyana, yesterday released additional info for the event.
The route for the race will be: the race will start in front of Courts, Main Street, proceed North to the Seawall Road, east along the Seawall Road, continue east along Rupert Craig Highway northern carriageway to turn at Church Road, Rupert Craig Highway southern carriageway into Kitty Public Road, South on Vlissengen road, west on Lamaha Street, south on the eastern carriageway on Main Street, turn around at the cenotaph to finish on the western carriageway of Main Sreet in front of Courts.
Courts’ main aim of the race is to attract the local and international professional athletes, school athletes, casual runners and persons of other sporting disciplines. Courts is expecting about 200 participants to register in the fourth edition of the race.
On completion of registration, each participant in the race will be given a kit consisting number tags. This race will be sent off in two corrals of 100 at 15-second intervals to provide officials a better time keeping mechanism for each athlete.
Refreshment/Water Stations will be at the assembly point then at 3km, 5km and 7km marks and after, at the finish line. The following stations will be accessible only to participants upon passing the finish line: water, towels, watermelons, snacks and drinks.
The race will have five categories, namely Junior (age 16-19); seniors (Men 20-34) and (Women 20-39); Masters (Women 35 and over); Masters (Men 40-54) and Masters (Men 56 and over); all categories will attract cash prizes and trophies.
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.
The top junior male and female athletes will win $60,000 while second, third, fourth and fifth get $40,000, $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000 respectively. The Masters women 35 and above and men 40-54 earn prize monies of $60,000, $40,000 and $25,000 for first to third while the Masters men 56 and above will pocket $40,000, $25,000 and $15,000 for first through third.
Courts Marketing Manager, Pernell Cummings had made it clear at last week’s launch of the event 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. (Edison Jefford)
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