The 10k winner was Joshua Hunte of Elite Distance Track Program and his time was 34:46.09.
This year the sun was out as thousands walked, ran and worked out in the common goal to raise funds for the QEH Asthma Bay, PAREDOS and Special Olympics Barbados in the 8th annual Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) Family Fun Run Walk event.
The day started at 6 a.m. as the 10k participants started their loop for the voted charities followed by the 5k runners and the walkers in the ICBL purple ‘Time to Stride for Pride’ T-shirts. Shortly after, by 6.29 a.m. the first runners were on their way in on the outside of the baracades. First across the line was 5k runner Dario Grandison of Pacers Track club with his clubmate Shem Boyce crossing second. Grandison said that he knew from looking around the field that he would most likely win but due to the purpose of the race he did not have much emotion about winning besides being happy about participating in the event. He said that he was late to last year’s edition but made it on time this time. The first officially registered runner was Rudolf Rock in a time of 19:23.44 minutes with Adande Browne finishing second with 19:36.91 and Daemon Dawson third in a time of 19:42.79 minutes.
For the ladies Nadine Singh was the first home in a time of 21:33.23. Singh who had recently returned to the island after participating in the annual Boston Marathon stated that she also was just happy to have been able to participate in her second time running the family event.
“I felt good, I wish I could do a little better time wise. I ran the first mile quickly, not too fast and then the second mile I pulled back …due to it being hilly. The third mile I did what I could because at that time strategy was through the window then.”
In the 10k category, there was no holding back Joshua Hunte of the Elite Distance Track Program. He was first by almost a full minute after he broke the tape in 34:6.09 minutes. Hunte said that he was not focused on the winning but more so the times but said he was happy about the time. Winning was nothing new to Hunte as his last event, the Royal Bank of Canada 10k and 5k, he won both races on the same day.
The route was of no concern to him but he did mention that his training regime for the 800m and 1500m races during the year was tough last week and his legs were a little fatigued. In terms of the future Hunte said his goal is to maintain his level of training and drop his times for next year.
In second place was Oein Josiah who ran a time of 25:35.65 minutes and Shamel Maynard crossed the ICBL arch in third with a time of 35:52.15. Carlie Pipe blew away the field in the Women’s 10k by over 4 minutes as she ran through the ICBL archway in a time of 47:30.07 minutes. Her nearest competitor was Sonia Adamson who finished second stopping the clock at 52:00.47 minutes. Charmaine Seale kept the legs turning over to take third place just over 5 minutes later in 57:12.15 minutes.
The day was not all about the races but there were also after-race activities for the participants. These included sessions by Jamil Jones of Premium Performance Training who did a fitness demo which was followed by the Fitness Bunnies who had the crowd working out and moving to local and regional soca tunes. Last but not least was the WukUp Workout session done Evy Bentham and Lynette Thompson. (AS)