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Four countries confirmed for local road relay classic

Four countries confirmed for local road relay classic

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Four countries have confirmed participation in the inaugural OECS International Road Relay Classic, chair of the Road Racing and Cross Country Commission of Team Athletics SVG Leroy Llewellyn told SEARCHLIGHT on Monday.{{more}}

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) nations Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica say they will attend the event, slated for October 7 at 3 p.m., Llewellyn said.

He said he was anticipating more announcements from other countries within the region in the next few days, thereby making the event very competitive.

The road relay classic is the starter to the 2012 road racing season.

The four-leg event, which also comprises a local segment, will begin at the Halifax Street-South River Road intersection in Kingstown.

The race will head up to Sharpe Street, onto Bay Street, turning at Lower Bay Street, on to Back Street, with the change over at the starting point.

The winner of the international category will receive US $1,000, with the second place team earning $700. The third place gets $500 and the fourth place $300.

In the open category, the winner earns EC$600, the second place $400 and the third place $200.

The sum of EC$400 is at stake for the winner in the secondary school category, with $300 allocated for the second place and $200 for the third place.

The winner of the primary school category gains $300, the second place, $200 and the third place, $150.

Llewellyn said he is anticipating that over time more teams outside the region will participate.

When the OECS teams were invited last year, only Grenada participated and went on to defeat host St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Llewellyn also disclosed that budget constraints have caused a reduction in the number of road races held by Team Athletics SVG this year.

Cut from the calendar are the cross-country run at the Diamond estate and the North Windward race.

Llewellyn revealed that there was an overwhelming response to last year’s events and his committee went over its budget.

Llewellyn, who is also First Vice-president of Team Athletics SVG, commended Linton Greaves, Managing Director of LOG Enterprises, whose company continues to support, despite the economic challenges.

LOG Enterprises will this year again sponsor three road races.

The LOG Enterprises Rabacca to Byera Hill race will take place on October 21.

The LOG Enterprises Sion Hill Sprint is carded for November 11 and the LOG Enterprises North Leeward road race for November 25. (RT)

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