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RBC Race for the Kids raises $500,000 for children’s cancer
From as early as 5 am last Sunday, young and old gathered outside RBC Royal Bank’s head offices in St Clair, Port-of-Spain. The sun wasn’t yet up, but as the scheduled starting time came closer, the number of race participants, volunteers and supporters of the 2017 edition of the RBC Race for the Kids to help children with cancer began to increase.
The T&T edition of the Race for the Kids features two races – a 15K for the more competitive and serious runners and the 5K, which attracts fun runners, walkers and exercise enthusiasts.
Many of the participants in both the 5K and the 15K took the races seriously, though, and were warming up on the sidelines—stretching and jogging to get ready to give their best.
Long distance runner, Tonya Nero, repeated her achievement as champion in the female category of the 15K run, emerging as a comfortable winner in a time of 52:19 mins.
Nero crossed the finish line close on the heels of the winner in the male division, Guyanese Kelvin Johnson, who clocked 51:41 mins. For Johnson, who is attached to the T&T Road Runners Club, victory was sweet since he placed among the top five last year.
The 5K attracted individual participants as well as groups from schools, companies and community organisations and religious bodies. Among the men in the 5K, no one could beat Colin Brumant who clocked a time of 17:08 mins, while April Francis won in the female category with 21:20 mins.
A release said this year’s race raised over $534,000, more than double last year’s figure, with RBC employees raising more than $300,000 through various internal activities and public events.
Special kudos went to the Specialised Sales Force team which raised $43,079, closely followed by Products & Marketing, with $40,000, with Card Operations raising $23,000.