Kingston City Run Hosts Self Defense Bootcamp for 5th Staging of Run

A fitness series to prepare the modern woman to protect herself while on the go… 

St. Andrew, Jamaica – The organizers of the 5th staging Kingston City Run (KCR) are taking a practical stand with the issue of violence against women and children. The team alongside their 2017 ambassadors, will host a self-defense boot camp series as part of training for the annual ½ marathon, 10K 5K, entitled KCR Presents: Self Defense for The Modern Woman.

Practical Ways to Tackle Crime against Women
The boot camp series will be held on the grounds of Shortwood Teachers’ College in partnership with Stokely Rose of Train Fit and their ‘Run Heroes’, a team of fitness thought-leaders and professionals who have gathered around the cause to educate, empower and give back to end the issue of homelessness in Jamaica. A major pain point was the fact that many of the patrons who are part of Kingston City Run and who organize the event are women.

Co-Chair of the annual run, Nicola Madden Greig notes “Initially the plan was to prepare our patrons for the run by providing them with the essential plans, tips and advice as they tackle the 5k, 10k and 1/2 marathon; however, given the fact that so many of our patrons are women, at least 75%, we have added this component to prepare them not only for the run, but for their own safety as a practical way to put a stop to the violence against themselves and children.”

KCR Lifestyle and Wellness Expo
The boot camps are set to begin on Saturday February 11 nearly a month before the run, commencing at 8:00 a.m., and is also a lead-up for the Lifestyle and Fitness Expos slated for Saturday March 11, part of the weekend of activities lined up by KCR.

“We’ll look at issues such as exercise as a means of boosting alertness, defense and speed against perpetrators to even simple but effective topics such as common household items to make your own ‘pepper spray’. We’re also on the defensive side to show techniques to disarm. We’ll also talk about what is the role of self defense, exercise and running for health, productivity and safety” says Stokely Rose of Train Fit.

The annual run is set for March 12, 2017 with a start time of 5:45 a.m. for the half marathon, 6:00 a.m. for the 10K at 6 am and 6:15 a.m. for the 5K, the weekend of activities engages local and overseas running community beginning with a Bacchanal party on Friday March 10, a lifestyle and fitness Expo on Saturday along with a pre-race party and culminating in the big run on Sunday.

To sign up for the 2017 Kingston City Run, please visit

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