CARIFIN ONE LAP SAVANNAH 2019 DRAWS HUGE TURNOUT WITH A FEW UPSETS AND PROSPECTS FOR REMAINING EVENTS.
THE PICTURES SAYS IT ALL…EVERYONE HAD AN AMAZING TIME AND IT WAS DESCRIBED AS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAMES.
Port of Spain, Monday 1st April 2019. The much anticipated One Lap Savannah lived up to its hype as over 1,000 employees of the financial services sector participated in the walking and running categories which took place on Wednesday 27th March 2019. As customary, the atmosphere was charged as the seven participating financial institutions showed up, warmed up and took their group shots, demonstrating their support and commitment to the Game’s philosophy of “Fun, Fitness and Friendship.” The event began with the singing of the National Anthem and a prayer.
“This year was my toughest, my time was slower than the past two years, and it felt harder. I am looking forward to the Green Mile, there are new competitors who seem to be in good form, so I am up for the challenge in the next couple of events.” Many agreed the Games cultivates wonderful team spirit and lots of fun!! First time participants, Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance was well represented and came in the top five in the men’s running category. There was also a good turnout by the top executives who blended in amongst the participants. First timer David Serrant representing Sagicor, clinched second place in the men’s running category and he was totally excited, “It is a real fun event, this is my first time running it actually, really, really glad to see the competition out here, second place is a great experience especially running with my colleague Jean-Paul, who attends the same University with me.”
Not only did the young people did well in crossing the finish line, but we had some not-so-young participants who did great, even leaving behind the younger ones. Another repeat winner, who also completed a hattrick last year, was Tessa Weekes, also representing Republic Bank, who outran her field. “It was a great race, I had a colleague from Central Bank, Christian, we were neck and neck, he was in front of me,” but I said to him, “Don’t worry, I will pass you.” When asked if she will continue next year, she said, “Once I am fit and healthy, yes.”
Finally, the man of the moment, Mr. Jean Paul Drakes, who is truly a star of the Games, completed an indefatigable and amazing victory considering his personal challenges. “I came down with the flu on Monday and I was actually ill when I ran the race. I had a lot of fatigue, and took a lot of meds just to compete, because of the highly competitive nature of the Games, also, it would have looked bad if I let David Serrant, who is a quarter-miler, beat me, a long distance runner.”
The event was also well represented by our sponsors and a big thanks to Blue Waters and GNC for supporting us, St. John’s Ambulance, The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, our volunteers, The Lupus Foundation who we partner with and last but not least, the various media houses who played a big part in making this event successful. Enjoy the scenes of the One Lap Savannah event below: