Argus calls people to step up for annual Crime Stoppers 5K

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

The Argus Group, in association with Swan’s Running Club, today announces the return of the annual Crime Stoppers 5K Walk and Road Race on Sunday, October 30, 2011. This year there is a brand new route and, based on feedback from previous years, a new Veteran age category for those aged over 60 has been introduced. Once again, the event will include a
shorter 2.5 kilometre course for 12-15 year olds.

The Crime Stoppers event, which is sanctioned by the Bermuda Track and Field Association, starts and finishes at the new Argus Building on Wesley Street in Hamilton (please
see  below for a general description of the course).
The Walk and Junior events start at 8:30 a.m. and the adult runners at 9:00 a.m.

Everyone who participates in the event will be entered into a prize draw, with prizes including a 16GB iPad and various gift vouchers. The first 400 participants to register will receive a free t-shirt. The top three male and female finishers in each of the following categories will be rewarded with trophies: Walkers, Junior (12-15 years), Youth (16-18 years), Open (19-39
years), Master (40-49 years), Senior (50-59 years) and Veteran (60+ years). There is also a $1,000 prize for the Physical Education teacher who generates the largest number of entries from their school.

Crime Stoppers Bermuda is a civilian community service that enables anyone with details of criminal activity to report such information, without fear of exposure, by calling its confidential 24/7 hotline 800-TIPS (8477) or logging on to its new website www.crimestoppers.bm. Rewards of up to $2,000 are offered for information leading to a successful arrest or seizure of illegal drugs or firearms. Additionally, with the financial assistance of several concerned businesses in the community, a reward of up to $100,000 can be made available
for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individual(s) who were involved in firearms incidents.

John Drew, Chairman of Crime Stoppers Bermuda, says: “This annual event is an important part of our awareness raising campaign for our phone line 800-7477 (TIPS) and our website, www.crimestoppers.bm, which can both be used to confidentially report any details whatsoever about a crime. We want people to ‘step up and speak out’ and, with rising gun crime threatening to divide the community, there has never been a more important time. Our success in uniting the community against criminals relies on our ability to keep Crime Stoppers in the public conscience and we thank the Argus Group for helping us to do that.”

Alison Hill, Chief Executive Officer of the Argus Group, says: “As one of the island’s leading insurance companies, we share Crime Stoppers’ mission of seeking to protect the local community from the tragic consequences  of crime. The resources that Crime Stoppers Bermuda provides are invaluable and we continue to pledge our support for their event, which helps to raise their profile and to focus on keeping Bermuda safe and secure. We also endorse this event as an opportunity for people to come together and get active as both walking and running provide countless health benefits.”

Entry forms are available from the new Argus Building on Wesley Street and Sportseller in Washington Mall, but completed forms are to be returned to Sportseller only. Participants can also register online at www.racedayworld.com. The entry deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28. Entry fees are: $30 for adults, $25 for Swan’s Running Club members and $10 for Juniors. Race numbers should be picked up by all walkers and runners on Saturday, October 29 between 12 noon and 2:00 p.m. at the Argus Building. Late registration will be accepted at number pick-up for an additional $5; no late entries will be accepted on race day.

General description of the 5K course

From the Argus Building, 14 Wesley Street, head south, turn left onto Church Street, left onto Parliament Street, left onto Victoria Street, then right onto Cedar Avenue. Continue past the tennis stadium onto Langton Hill, then turn left onto St. John’s Road. Turn left onto Pitt’s Bay Road, left onto Bermudiana Road, right onto Church Street, and finally left onto Wesley Street. The finish line is in front of the Argus Building.

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