Caption:?Sports World team during the prize presentation. Photos: SUPPLIED
It seemed like the country?s biggest gathering of health enthusiasts as nearly 600 congregated for the annual Sports World Fun Run in Suva last week Saturday.
With an early start at 6am, this organised public health initiative saw about 120 students from Nasinu Secondary School, 180 students from Valentine Memorial School and more than 300 health conscious individuals young and old turn up for this event. And the rain did not deter them.
The nearly 5 km journey started from Sports World Damodar City in Suva, all the way to Albert Park through Ratu Sukuna Road. Prizes were up for grabs for the fastest 5 participants to reach the end line which included Puma branded sports gear from Sports World , mobile phones and for the delight of many others, they won these goodies by lucky dips.
Upon opening the event, Director Marketing Courts Fiji Ltd, Mr. Anil Seweniratne welcomed everyone on behalf of the Chairman, Board of Directors and CEO of Vision Group and thanked all the partnering sponsors for supporting the cause of promoting good health for the people of Fiji.
?The Sports World Fun Run positively encourages everyone to actively participate in sports and promotes fitness as a way of life.?
?In today?s world of online connectivity, physical activity amongst peers is becoming very limited for many young people and events such as this reminds and encourages everyone to exercise and have a healthy lifestyle to be in shape and away from diseases? stressed Mr. Anil.
Sports World General Manager Vinod Kumar said they were proud to be hosting this annual event with support from Vodafone, Fiji Water, Fiji Sun, Hibiscus Events Group, Ministry of Health and Fiji National University to promote health and wellbeing for the public at large.
?Its amazing to see all the efforts made to have such a huge turnout which just goes to show how important it was for people to stay fit and healthy, especially youths.?
Also present at this event was ?Ben Daley from Australia, Director PUMA Indian Pacific, who was impressed by the scale of the occasion and was happy they got to be part of this event to keep the people of Suva and Fiji fit and healthy.
Plans are to have this event more than once a year and at different places around Fiji in future.