By: Curtis Morton
The grand 10k run which will be held as part of the activities for Independence 30, is well and truly on.
A press conference was held at the Administration building’s conference room in Charlestown on Wednesday 4th September and updated details about the run were released.
One bit of information that will spark additional interest, is that instead of just receiving trophies, as was previously advertised, the three top placers in the established categories, will receive sizeable cash prizes and what is more astonishing, the registration is absolutely free!
The session was chaired by Ag Director of Sports, Jamir Claxton and he warmly welcomed everyone present, which included representatives of various media houses.
Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (NAAA) chief Lester Blackett, then gave updated information on the run as follows:
¨ 10K (kilometer) Run (6 miles)
16th September 2013
National Heroes Day, a Nat’l Holiday
¨ To be an annual event
Start time: 7:30 am
Age Groups (Male & Female)
(as of 31/12/2013)
¨ Under 18 years
¨ Under 30 years
¨ 30 years and over
Information required is:
¨ Date of Birth
¨ Cell / Home Number
¨ Email Address
Register by Friday 13th September at:
¨ Department of Youth & Sports, Reliable Motors Complex, Nevis (Tel: 869-469-5521 Ext: 2137 / 2301 / 2145
¨ Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (Tel: 869-469-1423 / 869-668-3077
¨ High Schools
Registration can also be conducted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
More Information is provided on NAAA website at www.nevisaaa.com
EC$ 8,000+ in Cash/Awards (1st 3 places per class & overall male & female winners):
¨ Trophies (1st) – plus perpetual trophy with inscribed names for overall male/female winner for display at the Sports Museum.
¨ Trophies (2nd and 3rd)
¨ Trophy: Youngest/Oldest Male & Female
Route and other information
¨ Start: at the Nevis Tourism Authority building next to the Post Office (staging area for start numbers etc. will be setup)
¨ Route: following the Island Main Road to a turnabout just past Cotton Ground
¨ Finish: opposite Tourism Authority
building, Main Street, Charlestown
¨ Water stations at approx. every 2K (Pinneys, Lowlands, Turnabout, Finish)
¨ Traffic restrictions will be applied to selected roads in Charlestown
¨ Police outriders will escort the lead male and female runners
¨ Markings every kilometer
¨ Participants/Officials will be expected to assemble opposite the Sports Museum, Charlestown by 7 am. Boat arrangements between Nevis and St. Kitts are also being planned.
¨ The Presentation ceremony will be at the finishing point in Charlestown, starting at approximately 9:30 a.m.
Also addressing the gathering was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Mr. Keith Glasgow. He noted that his Ministry fully endorses the event and encouraged persons of all age groups to participate. He pointed out that it was not only a competitive event but significantly an opportunity for everyone to improve their health and fitness.
The media personnel present were then afforded the opportunity to field questions.
Ag Director of Sports Jamir Claxton then revealed that there were two other exciting sporting events which his Department is coordinating for the Independence 30 celebrations. One will be a cricket match between an over 35 Nevis team and an under 35 Nevis team. It will be a 30/30 affair with each team allowed a maximum of 30 overs.
The other event will be a Football match between the Nevis under 23 Football team and a specially invited team from St.Kitts. More details on these two events will be forthcoming shortly.