While the top guns in athletics and other sporting disciplines are working hard to qualify and prepare for the upcoming Olympic games in London beginning next month, the Grenada Olympic Committee in association with Digicel, staged an international Olympic Day Run and Family fun day for those who subscribe to the Olympic spirit.
The centrepiece of the activity was a Fun Run from the Grand Anse roundabout (Wall Street area) to the Maurice Bishop International Airport. The race and all the activities of that day were conducted with the Olympic spirit in mind.
The mission of Olympic Spirit is “to build a peaceful and a better world in the Olympic Spirit which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
“Not everyone can make it to the games in London but everyone can aspire to the spirit of the Olympics and along the way have some fun, said Patricia Maher, Country manager.
“At Digicel we know what it means to blend high performance and fun, so supporting the Olympic Day run makes natural fit for us and we all had a great time while bringing value to the event.”
The other activities on the day included Mini Races, Bouncing Castle and Face painting for the children along with local food and drink.
The Olympic Day Run was first launched by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1987 with a view to encouraging all National Olympic associations) to celebrate ‘Olympic Day’ – the anniversary of the founding of the IOC on June 23, 1894.
Entry was free with the first 200 registrants receiving an Olympic Day Run T-shirt.
All finishers received certificates provided by the International Olympic Committee and gifts from Digicel.
The Olympic Day Run started in Grenada in 1996 and apart from encouraging mass and active participation in sports; it was also aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles.
Several National sporting associations and schools attended and participated in the day’s event.
The Grenada Olympic Committee General Secretary, Veda Bruno-Victor, sees the run “as Grenada’s contribution to the worldwide annual celebration of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Day and Olympic Send Off.”
Digicel encourages everyone to make time to view the upcoming Olympic events and be inspired while giving solid support to those Grenadian athletes.
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