The T&T Defence Force hosted its first Charity 5K Run/Walk last Saturday at the Defence Force Reserves Headquarters at Tucker Valley, Chaguaramas.
The theme for the charity run was “Leaving No Woman Behind,” which was another event hosted under the aegis of the Chief of Defence Staff’s Military Women’s Initiative, which formally recognises 40 years of women in service in the TTDF.
Over 350 people participated in the 5K Run/Walk event.
President Paula Mae-Weekes, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, was in attendance and fired the race horn to start the race at 6.30 am.
Chief Justice Justice Ivor Archie, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Shamfa Cudjoe were also in attendance while the CJ actually participated in the race.
Race participants began the race at the pavilion of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Reserves (TTDFR) Camp and proceeded counter-clockwise around the Chaguaramas Golf Course road and returned to the TTDFR pavilion to finish.
Lionel D'Andrade won the overall men’s title in a time of 17:09 while Janice Gooding was the female winner in a time of 23:42.
Prizes for the race were also presented to the youngest male and female participants, the eldest male and female participants and the largest registered group.
Proceeds from the charity event will go to the Shelter for Battered Women and Children.
Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat