At midday today, the 5th Annual Boyce/Jefford Classic is expected to get off to a blazing start, at the MacKenzie Sports Club ground.
Identified as the track and field event on the Athletic Association of Guyana’s calendar, the event will have the nation’s top athletes matching strides with overseas runners for a stake in the $2M prize money.
Co-founder of the Classic, Edison Jefford in an invited comment said the Organisers were extremely excited about this weekend’s event which is being staged over two days.
“We have our biggest international participation since the inception of the meet in 2010. With Trinidad here with two athletes, Mark London and Tonya Nero, US collegiate Surinamese sprinter, Danielle Clarke, US based Alita Moore and Brenessa Thompson, three athletes from Grenada arriving tonight and Josh Hamilton from St. Vincent, as an emerging event we can’t ask for better. I know our local athletes Winston George, Akeem Stewart and Tirana Mitchell will put on a show also,” Jefford mentioned.
Jefford added that, “The excitement this weekend will come from the competition as we celebrate this fifth milestone in a grand way.”
In addition to the local rivalry, six international events will be staged: Long jump (male) Triple jump (female), 1500m (female), 200m (female), 400m (male) and the 800m (male).
The top three finishers of each of the above events will be awarded cash prizes, with the winner being rewarded with $50,000.
The winning club will pocket $600,000 with the runners up taking home $400,000, $250,000 and $150,000.
Notes: Tomorrow, athletes will get in the blocks at 14:00hrs. Admission is $500. Entertainment will be provided by the Boom DJs.
As customary, the champion male and female athlete will receive $50,000 and trophy. Athletes are allowed to enter a maximum of three events.
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