Fastest men and women vie for Champion Title
Over 1000 walkers and runners from across the top ten financial institutions of Trinidad and Tobago will converge at the Queen’s Park Savannah Port of Spain opposite T.G.I. Friday’s to take part in the 1 Lap Savannah competition. The 1 Lap Savannah race is the first competitive event of the CariFin Games 2016 series, and will actually set the pace for the rest of the events.
This year’s participating institutions are ANSA Financial Services, Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, First Citizens, Guardian Group, JMMB Group, RBC, Republic Bank Limited, Sagicor, Scotia Bank, Unit Trust Corporation.
First time entrants for 2016, ANSA Financial Services got off to an excellent start at the Torch Relay on April 02, 2016, by placing 2nd to Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, and beating back experienced entrants Guardian Group and First Citizens.
The 1 Lap Savannah course loops around the Queen’s Park Savannah, a distance of approximately 2.28 miles; and based on the results of 2015 the first finisher will be expected at the starting point at TGI Friday’s in about 14 minutes.
In the male category, 2015 winner Ryan O’Neal of Guardian Group who won the race in 14:28 will not be participating this year, leaving the coveted title of “First Place Runner – Male” up for grabs. All eyes will be set on last year’s 2nd and 3rd place winners Jedidiah Benjamin of RBC Bank and John Donaldson of First Citizens respectively as they look to dominate the race on Wednesday. “I ran in this race to prepare for the CariFin races which begins on Wednesday,” said John Donaldson after participating in Massy Foods 5K on Saturday April 09, 2016 as his means of being reasonably ‘race ready’. In 2013, Donaldson clocked a personal best of 14:23 and in 2014, 15:12 placing him second in the 1 Lap Savanah competition of those years. If Donaldson performs close to his 2013 time he will indeed be the man to beat come Wednesday.
Among the women participants, RBC Bank’s Susan Russell secured her win in 2015 1 Lap Savannah with a race time of 17:41; however, with Central Bank’s Wendy D’Arbasie’s 2012 and 2013 CariFin cross coutry women title holder re-entry into the Games this year the competition has definitely heated up. After posting sub-16:00 in her training runs, it could be said that D’Arbasie is ready. END
ABOUT CARIFIN GAMES – 25 YEARS OF FUN, FITNESS & FRIENDSHIP
APRIL 2 – JUNE 5
CariFin Games, founded in 1991, is dedicated to the promotion of an individual’s responsibility for their own health and fitness by encouraging them to live a more active lifestyle. This sense of personal responsibility is not offered in isolation. There is also the opportunity for friendly rivalry and competition, networking and camaraderie, as represented in our slogan: “Fun, Fitness & Friendship”. Additionally, for the last two years Carifin Games has partnered with the Voice of Lupus foundation, where proceeds from the registration of the games go towards the foundation.
All participating companies are set to compete in:
|Torch Relay||Saturday April 2, 2016||7.00 am||Starting at CBTT|
|1 Lap Savannah||Wednesday April 13, 2016||5.00 pm||Q.P.S (opp TGI)|
|Green Mile||Wednesday April 27, 2016||5.00 pm||Inside the sand track
|Chancellor Challenge||Wednesday May 11, 2016||5.00 pm||Up Chancellor Hill|
|Cricket/Football||Saturday May 14 , 2016||10.00 am||RBL grounds (Barataria)|
|Aerobics Burnout||Wednesday May 18, 2016||5.00 pm||CBTT Plaza|
|All Fours||Saturday May 21, 2016||12.00 noon||CBTT 3rd Floor|
|Family Day||Sunday June 5, 2016||10.00 am||Sevilla Golf Course|
|Fund Raising Boat Cruise||Saturday July 9, 2016||8.00 – 11.00 pm||Harbour Master|
|Prize Distribution Function||To be announced||To be announced||CBTT|