St. John’s Antigua- Organisers of the 2012 Hurricane Power Athletic Club’s 10th Annual Road Race & Fun Walk said they are expecting a “great” turnout when they host this year’s edition on Sunday.
Head of Hurricane Power Athletic Club and former national long distance runner, Cordova “Popeye” Simon, said they have placed the event closer to the Carnival season this year in an effort to woo those enthusiasts who are looking to get fit ahead of the summer festival.
“I am looking forward to a great turnout due to the fact it is closer to Carnival than in previous years and some people are basically on the streets right now getting fit for Carnival, and I know this will give some of those who haven’t started to prepare for Carnival the urge to get involved and get the (courage) to go out and start to prepare for Carnival by entering in this event,” he said.
“Also, some people who want to burn some fat but who want to change their lifestyle and the way they’re living and their eating habits, then it is a good time for them to come out and either do the run or walk or get involved with people who are basically living the right way,” Simon added.
The event, according to Simon, will present participants with a real challenge as the route has been chosen with the intention of maximising the results one would expect from either the run and/or walk.
“It starts at Subway restaurant (on Redcliffe Street), quick right turn on Market Street, a right turn on St Mary’s Street, then a right turn on Independence Drive and continue onto Sir Vivian Richards Street where you would make a right turn, then left onto Valley Road by the service station by CMC, onto Kentish Road and on the middle of Whenner Road is where the 5K Fun Walk and 5k Run for children under-13 will turn around,” the former athlete said.
“The 10K will continue along that route until you reach Bendals crossroads where you take a left turn onto the Bendals main road until you get to the All Saints Road, onto American Road, and straight over to Factory Road. The runners will turn right on Factory Road before turning around at the junction at the government workshop and return via the same route.”
Those wishing to register for the event can do so on race day but registration forms can be picked up at Subway.
“We will not be accepting any money or registration forms until Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm where we will distribute the race packages; so it would be best for you to bring your forms there in front of Subway on Redcliffe Street and we will be there with the T-shirts one time to give you your packages with numbers and different things you will be getting from the sponsors. On the race day from about 10 am until 15 minutes before the start of the race, registration would be open still,” he said.
Adults will pay a registration fee of $20, while children between 13 and 16 years old will pay $15, and participants under the age of 13 will pay $10.