The Guyana Committee of Service (GCOS) will be hosting the third annual Independence 5K Road Race on Monday May 27. It commences and finishes at the National Park.
Over $500,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs, with participating categories ranging from Under-10 to Masters.
In a bid to increase the competitiveness of the event, the GCOS have invited seasoned Kenyan athlete Godffrey Mbihia to participate in the event. Mbihia, who has experience competing in Europe and North America, will be raring to go, after winning the ‘C to C 5k Race’ in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago last weekend.
According to GCOS committee member Leslie Black A.A., Mbihia will also be holding training sessions with local middle and long distance athletes in a bid to help them improve their current levels.
On Monday, Cable and Internet provider E-Networks became the latest corporate body to support the event. Avril Black, wife of Leslie Black, was on hand to receive the sponsorship cheque from E-Networks’ Vanita Persaud at the entity’s Camp Street Office.
Sanctioned by the Amateur Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), the Independence 5K Road Race will begin in the National Park then proceed east on Thomas Lands and turn north into Vlissengen Road, before turning west into Carifesta Avenue, south into Camp Street, east into Thomas Lands, and then back into the National Park for the finish at the Children’s Monuments.
Sponsoring the event apart from E-Networks are: Ministry of the Presidency, Office of the Prime Minister, Guyana Committee of Service, Guybisco and Ken Phillips (Antarctic Maintenance).