Before the first streak of sunlight appeared on the horizon yesterday, more than 4 000 Barbadians were ready to participate in the annual Nation Funathlon that attracted both walkers and runners.
It was staggered event. At 5:45 a.m. sharp, the runners got off to a speedy start. Dozens, ranging in age from 12 to 65 years old, dashed from the starting line at the Bay Street Esplanade.
The participants included people in wheelchairs, determined to enjoy themselves and also to win.
At 6 a.m. it was time for the walkers to hit the road. They ranged from the very young to 60 years old. Some walked at a quick pace, while others sauntered. A few came dressed in outfits bearing the colours of the national flag. Many showed their loyalty to THE NATION through hats, skirts, and in one case a complete outfit, made of newspaper.
Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell, radio personality Maurice Norville, 2011 Calypso King David Popsicle Hall and acting Chief Executive Officer of the Nation Publishing Company and Nation director Wilfred Field were among the participants.