The Sagicor SIGMA Corporate Run has become a highly anticipated staple on many corporate calendars in Jamaica. Heralded as a time for family, friends and coworkers to get some exercise, have tons of fun and also contribute to a good cause, the ‘Sigma Run’ has become a fun-filled Jamaican tradition, unique in its non-discriminatory nature. But how much do you really know about this race? Here are five fun facts!
- The first Sigma Run was held in the year 1999, and proceeds went to the Jamaica Foundation for Cardiac Disease.
- The Sigma Run is the largest road race in the Caribbean, pulling thousands of participants from over 200 companies annually.
- The event’s focus is the health and welfare of children in Jamaica. Since its start in 1999, it has donated over $200 million to different health and child-related charities.
- Funds were donated to the Bustamante Hospital for Children in four separate years: 2001, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
- Beneficiaries of the Sigma Run over the years have received: “Medical equipment and supplies, furniture as well as renovated paediatric and special care units”, and they “work closely with each beneficiary to identify, acquire and commission vital equipment, and to devise a clear strategy for sustainability and maintenance of the donations they receive”.