(PRESS RELEASE) – The first-ever Morne Stars Gros Islet five-kilometre road run and fun walk is set for Saint Lucia’s National Day, Wednesday 13 December 2017, and it promises to start on a high note.
All of the island’s top runners are involved, including Olympian and OECS record holder Zepherinus Joseph, hometown favourite Jason Sayers, Michael Mega Boost Biscette, Neville Dupre, Winsbert Sylvester, Kamillah Monroque, Makeba Alcide, Chantal Glasgow, juniors Vinus Stanislas and Tarick Xavier.
The top Saint Lucians will clash with regional rivals – St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Akani Slater expected to challenge the men, and his compatriot Linda McDowall will go for the women’s prize. Grenadian champion Kenisha Pascal is also expected to be a tough contender for the ladies, and interest has been registered from Bequia, Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Top runners will be awarded trophies, medals, and cash prizes, but walkers and fitness buffs are also encouraged to get involved. There are special categories and prizes for runners under the age of 20, as well as children under the age of 13, who will be able to take part in a mile run. The course is considered to be flat and fast, taking athletes through the lovely communities of Corinth and Marisule.
The event is open to individuals, clubs, and schools from Saint Lucia and the wider Caribbean. The top three in each division will be awarded medals, whilst the champions will get trophies. The men’s and women’s winners will be awarded $500.00 each. Accommodation, meals and ground transfers are being provided for overseas participants, and a number of other prizes will be on offer as well.
Interested persons can register via the Morne Stars Athletics page on Facebook, or through any member of the club.