All in Place for Fourth Mobay City Run

Photo: Garwin Davis Head of Police Operations in St. James, Deputy Superintendent Gary McKenzie.

Story Highlights

  • Head of Operations for the St. James Police Division, Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Gary McKenzie, says plans are in place for the safe staging of the MoBay City Run on Sunday, May 7.
  • DSP McKenzie said the police were advised that nearly 4,000 participants have registered for the event, and will do everything to ensure there is little disruption in the free movement of traffic.
  • For her part, Senior Administrator at the University of the West Indies, Inderia Adjudah, whose institution will be benefiting from proceeds from the event, added that a lot of students will also be participating.

Head of Operations for the St. James Police Division, Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Gary McKenzie, says plans are in place for the safe staging of the MoBay City Run on Sunday, May 7.

He was speaking to journalists at a press conference at the Pelican Grill Restaurant in Montego Bay on May 3.

DSP McKenzie said the police were advised that nearly 4,000 participants have registered for the event, and will do everything to ensure there is little disruption in the free movement of traffic.

“We have been supplied with a route, and we will ensure that it remains sterile for the persons who are going to run and the persons who are going to walk, as this is very important. One of the things that we have made sure to discuss with the organisers is to be able to demark the area where persons will be running and walking,” he indicated.

DSP McKenzie said this will be done with the use of barriers and cones that are visible as well as having the areas dotted with police personnel.

He added that the police will also be coordinating the demarcation with race marshals, to ensure that the areas are secured and to minimise all other movement by other persons.

“One of the critical things that we hope is that persons will come out early…we want to really stress that. One of the things that usually happens at these events is that some persons get up a little late and then try to drive even as far as up to where the race is starting, and then try to get out of their vehicles and try to get into the race.These kinds of things will only cause traffic congestion, and the police will have to be vigilant and look out for this.”

“We also, along with the medical personnel, have to look out for persons who haven’t done this kind of exercise for a while and believe they can just show up and ‘do a 9.58’. We have to look out for possible medical emergencies,” the Senior Police Officer further stated.

In the meantime, organisers are confident that the fourth staging will be the biggest MoBay City Run, noting that the tourism and business process outsourcing (BPO) sectors will be coming out in their numbers, as will participants from overseas.

“The interest being shown by our sponsors and key stakeholders in Montego Bay is unbelievable. There will be a lot of participants from the hotels and other business entities,” explained Ashley Anguin, one of the organisers.

For her part, Senior Administrator at the University of the West Indies, Inderia Adjudah, whose institution will be benefiting from proceeds from the event, added that a lot of students will also be participating.

“We will also be having a lot of student volunteers,” she noted.

The MoBay City Run is a charity event which has raised more than $10 million over the past three years to assist with tuition fees for students attending tertiary institutions in western Jamaica.

The event this year will also be committing $500,000 from proceeds for early-childhood education.

JIS Social