Barbadian 5K runner for Sagicor Sigma Corporate run

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Oein Josiah ahead of the pack during the 2014 Sagicor Globathon in Barbados.

SEASONED Barbadian 5k runner Oein Josiah is to participate in this year’s staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run on Sunday.

Josiah won the Joseph Payne Memorial 5K run in Barbados — the forerunner to the sixth annual Joseph Payne Memorial Classic — and is a two-time winner of the Sagicor Globeathon Step To End Women’s Cancer 5K Run & Walk.

Josiah, who completed the 5k in an impressive time of 17.20 minutes despite having an injury, expressed excitement and said he is looking forward to participating in the Sigma Run.

According to Josiah, “reviewing the events past results I can comfortably say that I am capable of finishing within the top five of the anticipated 20,000 participants in 2016. I will give my best effort, so let’s see what happens on race day,” he stated.

He said that he has been competing on the local and regional road racing circuits for the past four season.“My aim is to compete at the world level in both distance running and triathlon,” Josiah expressed.

Earlier this year, he entered the 11th annual Massy Rainbow Cup International triathlon in Tobago and placed fourth with a time of 1:12:16.

“The best things done in life are those done for others, so help someone when you can,” he shared — an insight which ties perfectly with the “run for the fun, donate for the cause” tagline for the Sigma Run where all proceeds will help the Black River Hospital Paediatric Lounge, The Jamaica Cancer Society, and children with cancer across the island.

Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run takes place this year on Sunday with a target of $50 million. To date, approximately $166 million has been raised for a number of child care and health-related facilities. Funds raised are used to purchase well-needed equipment and services for the long-term maintenance of institutions.