Road races could earn $200m this year

first_img Such is the growing support for road races islandwide that the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run grew from 297 participants and $700,000 raised in 1999 to 26,000 entrants and $35 million last year. Others have also been showing growth by tapping into vibrant road running community. The CB Group UWI 5K held at the University of the West Indies, Mona, set a target of $20 million last year, but doubled that by reportedly garnering over $40 million. This year the organisers could be aiming to raise even more for charitable causes including; the UWI scholarship fund in educational and sports development. The GraceKennedy 5k: Education Run raised around $7 million for charities for communities in Downtown Kingston, West Kingston, Spanish Town and Majesty Gardens as well as Quarry Hill in St Catherine. The Digicel Imagine 5k Run, which will mark its sixth renewal, could raise over $15 million this year, having grown steadily with over 10,000 participants in 2015. The event, organised by the Digicel Foundation seeks funds for about 12 special needs beneficiaries. It is supported by over 20 corporate partners. Meanwhile, Running Events Limited, the chief organiser of road events locally reported road race events raised over $100,000,000 last year. Locally, the only road running event to significantly attract foreign participants is the Reggae Marathon 5K and Half Marathon, which draws in runners from at least 30 countries between the winter and thanksgiving period. It is held in Negril annually, and is seen as a strong local sports tourism product. Approximately $200 million could be raised this year, with about 20 major road races set to contribute much needed funds to local charities including schools, homes for the needy and public hospitals. Ingrid Card, vice-president of Group Marketing at Sagicor – organisers of the Sigma Corporate Run, which is targeting $60 million, says the full cost of the event is covered by her organisation, underlining that all funds raised will go to charity. “We will give the entire $60 million, as the need is great. For example, at the Bethlehem Home they had wheels, and a plastic chair as a wheelchair,” she told The Gleaner. “We need the support, and for people to support a worthy cause.” The beneficiaries of that event will be abandoned children and babies in the Bethlehem Home, operated by Missionaries of the Poor, the Spanish Town Hospital Paediatric Unit, and the Mandeville Hospital Paediatric Unit. SHOWING GROWTHlast_img read more

Switzerland put six past Iceland in Nations League

first_img0Shares0000Shaqiri was one of six different scorers for Switzerland in their rout of Iceland © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIST. GALLEN, Switzerland, Sep 8 – Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri was among the scorers as Switzerland routed Iceland 6-0 in their opening game of the UEFA Nations League in St Gallen on Saturday.Steven Zuber and Denis Zakaria gave Switzerland a two-goal lead before Shaqiri fired in a free-kick from a tight angle out on the right on 53 minutes. Goals from Haris Seferovic, Albian Ajeti and Admir Mehmedi completed the resounding win as Switzerland made a dream start to a group that also includes World Cup semi-finalists Belgium.Iceland host Italy in Reykjavik on Tuesday, while Switzerland play England in a friendly in Leicester.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Punk bands set to rock

first_imgBands from Japan and the United States will invade San Pedro tonight, filling downtown restaurant La Conga with the sounds of Japanese punk rock. Rawl of the San Pedro-based band Killer Dreamer said members of the five groups performing tonight have met or played together before. “It’s basically just a bunch of our friends coming together from the world and the States,” he said. “The more the merrier.” Killer Dreamer members hung out with the Japanese band No People while in Japan in February. In addition to playing music together for almost five years, Rawl and his band mates – Kid Kevin, Tony Cook and Jacob Gaxiola – live and work together in San Pedro. “I guess we don’t get too sick of each other,” Rawl observed. “We’re pretty much like the same body with four different brains.” The members are all in their late 20s and want to keep playing music, Rawl said. “This is what we do now,” he said. “We’re not looking too far in the future or the past. We enjoy it and I’d imagine we’ll be playing music for the rest of our lives.” rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Those guys took really good care of us,” Rawl recalled, and said they want to return the favor. Other bands playing tonight are Drinkers Purgatory, from Anaheim; Belly Button, from Japan; and Autistic Youth, from Portland. Killer Dreamer’s two CDs, with such songs as “Coast to Coast” and “Livin’ in a Shoe Box,” are best described as “action rock,” Rawl said, with a distinct San Pedro sound. “All the bands that are from San Pedro, we all have a similar sound, but I don’t know if we sound like anybody else,” he said. Rawl said he believes the event will be a fun way for San Pedrans to support local entertainment. “It’s good for the \ to support the town,” he said. “Come check it out; get some culture.” last_img read more