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Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton matched the dance moves of recording artistes RDX on stage, living up to his “Jamaica Moves” campaign that encourages all of Jamaica to incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily.
The occasion was the successful staging of the 6th Annual CB Group UWI 5K at the University of The West Indies last Sunday, where over 4,500 participants — including the minister, fitness buffs, corporate teams and individuals — took off in and around the Mona Campus to run, walk and wheelchair for charity and to keep fit.
The inimitable talk show host Miss Kitty, decked out in pink wig and gym wear, kept the energy high throughout the proceedings and invited participants on stage to take part in the water challenge and other activities. She invited anxious young ladies to hug the legendary sprint king Asafa Powell, who was more than willing to oblige.
Powell was also on hand to receive the 2017 CB Group UWI 5K Sports Award in recognition of his remarkable performance on the world stage. The sprint king is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most sub 10.0 seconds in 100 metres.
The award was presented by Professor Archibald McDonald, principal of the University of the West Indies, who also lauded the athlete for his stellar career in track and field.
“It is our distinct pleasure to honour you for your outstanding achievements on the athletics world stage… you have, indeed, made Jamaica proud,” said McDonald.
GC Foster College took home the first, second and third spots in the Male Run Category, with Oshane Archibald making it to first place in 16:30 minutes.
In the Female Run Category, Shanice Gordon of GC Foster placed first in 21:17 minutes.
The prize for the Champion Run Team also went to GC Foster College.
In the Female Walk Category, Karlene Blagrove of Pacers Running Club made it home in 33:37 minutes to win, while Lenworth Hunter won the male equivalent in 30:42 minutes.
Taking home the Champion Walk Team Trophy was Sun City Radio, while Elsa Leo Ryhnie Hall copped the Champion Hall Walk Team. The European Union got the prize for the largest team participation.
The wheelchair Female Category saw Vinnette Green taking the first prize in 38:25 minutes, while men's champion was Alphanso Walker, who won in 35:23 minutes.
The Smart Eggs Kids 1K has become increasingly popular and they were happy to have minister Tufton engage in their race around the Ring Road. The kids also received fitness bands as prizes courtesy of Asafa Powell.
In first place for girls was nine-year-old Anieta Gutzmore, making it home for first in 5:20 minutes, while Timothy Fokum representing Department of Comp, won the boys' title in 4:52 minutes.
The event has so far raised $70 million, which has facilitated a number of students being able to acquire a tertiary education.