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Funday for all

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Funday for all

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THOUSANDS OF people, some from as early as 4:30 a.m. and even earlier, gathered in front of the Bay Street Esplanade yesterday for the NATION Funathlon.
There were attired in all kinds of styles and colours, forms and fashions – all with the ultimate goal of crossing the finish line. Even animals took part.
Of course, some were serious about the event and soon set themselves apart from the amateurs, fitness enthusiasts and fun seekers.
The first event was the Fun Run, which is a warm-up event for the Run Barbados 10K, and it began around 5:50 a.m., followed by the Fun Walk ten minutes later. In both cases, the serious runners and walkers shot into the lead and disappeared along the route.
This year the walk had a new component, the Walk The Talk Challenge, which was a warm-up event for the national challenge to be hosted by the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry in January.
The route took Funathlon participants from Bay Street through Bush Hill, Dalkeith, Culloden Road, Pine Road, Belmont Road, Constitution Road,
St Michael’s Row, Bridge Street, Wharf Road, Hincks Street, Princess Alice Highway, Holborn, Fontabelle, Cheapside, Broad Street, Probyn Street and back to Bay Street.
Not everyone stuck strictly to running and walking as traditional skateboards, RipStik boards, scooters and prams for the youngest participants were seen.
There were also many groups on the road, with the most lively by far being the Queen’s College posse with their chanting and youthful exuberance. They took away the Biggest Registered School award. Among those spotted were groups representing Hillstars, Arawak Cement – which won Biggest Registered Group, St Luke’s Primary, Freedom Striders, Lawrence T. Gay Primary, Barbados Yellow Pages, Gilden Activewear – which won Biggest Registered Company, Republic Bank and Farmers Choice.
After the last runner and walker had crossed the finish line, it was time to crown the winners. In the Fun Walk Adult Male category, Rodney Blackman came away with the top spot while Veta Batson, now  in her 22nd year of participation, again took first place in the Adult Female category. In the Fun Run, Josiah Oein was top male and Carla Pipe top female.
Following the prizes, the Barbados Landship went through their energetic routines accompanied by an impressive tuk display from its “engine”.
Pic-O-De-Crop winner Ian Webster kept things lively, as did the popular Porgie And Murda. Then it was time for the wuk-up workout. The MC for the morning was Carl Alff Padmore, who had hit the route on a truck to keep the participants motivated.
Coordinator Marilyn Sealy, the Nation Publishing Company’s senior corporate communications officer, said the Funathlon attracted upwards of 3 000 people overall as not everyone was registered. She thanked all participants for supporting another of THE NATION’s 40th anniversary activity. (CA)