A small group of people, mostly government employees, took part in the Independence Celebration Fun, Run and Walk Race on July 7, an event aimed at bringing awareness to healthy practices such as exercise and proper diet.
The participants were divided into six age categories, from 14 and under to 45 and over. They met at the Crossing early morning and by 7:00 a.m. they were all running or walking their way to the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic on Don Mackay Boulevard.
Only two people ran, both police officers. The first one to arrive was Sergeant Jonathan Dorsett, in the 44 and under category, followed by Superintendent Noel Curry who placed first in the 45 and over category.
Dorielle Drummond was first in the under 14 age group.
First place went to Garnelle Stuarty in the under 30 and to Shavonne Brenen for the female in the under 40 category. Her male counterpart was Greg Gomez.
There were quite a few people in the 45 and over age group. Whelma Colebrook arrived first, followed by Barbara Johnson and Doreen Clarke.
Administrator Cooper took the first place for the males in front of Churton Toote.
Upon their arrival at the clinic, the participants were handed water and a bag of fruits, while two nurses from the clinic weighed them, took their blood pressure, and measure their blood sugar. It seemed that most of the athletes were quite fit, except for a couple of people with slightly high blood sugar.
Shanishka Bain, with Living Well Naturally, assisted with advice on a healthy diet.
A Government sub-committee chaired by Whelma Colebrook with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, together with Barbara Johnson and Nurse Brown, among others, organized the event.