CUMI Come Run targets 1,000 participants

Observer West writer

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - Organisers of the CUMI (Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill) Come Run 5Kwalk/run are targeting 1,000 participants for their 10th staging of the event, set for Saturday, September 22, at the Tryall Club in Sandy Bay, Hanover.

After earlier restricting the numbers of participants on the beach front property, the organisers have steadily increased the list participants, and according to coordinator Junior Taylor, they are now hoping to get to the 1,000 mark.

At Tuesday's media launch of the event at the Montego Bay Yacht Club in Freeport, Taylor informed that 986 participants registered for last year's staging.

Organisers are hoping to raise $6 million from the walk/run, which is the only fundraising event staged by CUMI.

That amount, Taylor said, would go a long way in covering the budget for running CUMI's hospice, situated on Brandon Hill in Montego Bay.

The event will start at 6:30 am, half hour earlier than last year. The change, Taylor said, would “allow the race to start before the sun was fully out, and give the participants some respite from the heat.”

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