Registration is now open and runners and walkers who wish to participate should visit:www.runningeventsja.com for information and the relevant forms.
Francis said those who enter will be competing for a share in the total prize purse of $400,000 with $40,000 each going to the overall male and female winners. The first to third place winners in the master’s category (over 35 age group) as well as the top three champion schools will also receive cash awards.
He explained that as in previous years, “Points will be tallied at the end of the series to determine prize winners in the various categories.” Francis noted, however, that this year “runners will have to take part in all the races in order to qualify for a share in the prize purse.”
The race director said that while the event was conceptualized to help runners and walkers prepare for Reggae Marathon, the series which was rebranded last year to reflect the involvement of the title sponsor, is proving to be even more important as Jamaica’s athletics gains increasing international prominence and the country continues its quest to unearth long distance running talent. “We believe that with the right type of support and increased participation, the Grand Prix can play a part in nurturing those who may have the ability but lack opportunity.” Francis said.