Festivities for South Florida’s Jerk Week will begin when hundreds of avid runners and casual walkers hit the road for the second annual Publix Hot Trot Jerk 5K Run/Walk at Markham Park on November 2, 2014 at 8 a.m.
Following last year’s successful debut, where over 300 persons turned out for the event, the Festival’s organizers are rolling out this year’s event with the hope of increasing numbers and raising more money to help Jamaican athletes through Team Jamaica Bickle Inc. The non-profit organization provides accommodation, transportation and meals for Caribbean athletes at the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
Festival Director Abdul Muhsin said they didn’t know what to expect last year, but it was a great success with people from all walks of life participating and having a great time with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, pace runner and Olympic & World champion. Fraser-Pryce, who is also Grace Foods Brand Ambassador, will the get race off to a start again this year.
“What we’re looking forward to this year is to replicate that and have at least 15 percent more people showing up for the event. With the introduction of the Alumni prize, it is expected that the numbers will grow.”
Organizers have issued an Alumni Challenge to see which Jamaica Alumni Association has the biggest team at the event. Muhsin is urging members to accept the challenge and show their school spirit.
“We always hear about KC, George’s, Wolmer’s and all these school doing a big party; here’s your chance to come out and compete with your alumni rivals. Hot Trot is your spot,” Muhsin said. The alumni team with the most participants will win not only bragging rights, but receive $500 toward their alumni association.
The top male and female finisher will win a trip to Jamaica to participate in the 2014 Reggae Marathon on December 6, 2014, and the top three male and female in age groups will also receive awards.
Body Wuk Fitness will be on hand to get participants ready for the event with a pre-race warm-up. After the race, participants can refuel with a delicious complimentary breakfast then celebrate with the jammin’ post-race party featuring DJ Barrie Hype. Attendees can also take advantage of the informative Health & Wellness Fair.
In keeping with the theme: “The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have,” Muhsin reminds participants that “We are not just out there to compete and win a race; the idea is to have a good time for a worthy cause. We are creating a fun atmosphere that all can enjoy.”
Register now at www.RunHotTrot.com and come run or walk and enjoy the company, food and vibe, plus win tons of prizes and giveaways.
The 2nd Annual Hot Trot is presented by Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc., in association with Jamaica Awareness, Inc. Sponsors are Grace Foods, Publix Super Markets, Western Union, Jamaica Tourist Board, Caribbean Airlines, VP Records, National Weekly, Jamaicans.com and SunnyBiz Transport.