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Nation of fun

Anesta Henry

Nation of fun

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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 a staggered event.
At 5:45 a.m. sharp, the run segment of Funathlon got off to a speedy start. Dozens of runners, ranging in age from 12 to 65, dashed from the starting line at the Bay Street Esplanade.
They highlighted the spirit of the event as they laughed and joked, although they were keen on going for victory in the chilly darkness.
When the sun rose 14 minutes later, the more serious runners were pulling away from the fun pack, showing that the usually keen competition was on.
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.
Central Bank of Barbados Governor Dr DeLisle Worrell, radio personality Maurice Norville, 2011 calypso king David Popsicle Hall and acting Chief Executive Officer of Nation Publishing Company and Nation director Wilfred field were among the participants.
When they arrived at Bay Street three hours later for the presentation, the run and walk might have been over, but for many the fun was not. People utilized the surrounding area of the Esplanade, including the beach, for exercises and relaxation.
The walk and run started at the Bay Street Esplanade, proceeded onto the Chamberlain Bridge, then down Wharf Road and Hincks Street. It continued onto the Princess Alice Highway, along Prescod Boulevard and Holborn Circle to Spring Garden and the Brighton junction.
Participants then returned to Bay Street via Spring Garden, Fontabelle, Broad Street, Bridge Street and Probyn Street.