Cuffy hoping for increased participation for Barbuda event

The organiser of the annual Barbuda Falcon Maddie Zolfo 5K event on the sister isle, Peter Cuffy, is hoping to see increased participation in next year’s event.

He also expressed hope that more participants and spectators will able to stay overnight on the island for similar activities.

“The president of the athletics association was there and this is something they are looking at that maybe, in the not too distant future, we can do some type of an event like this. Maybe an Antigua vs Barbuda and have a week of activities — cycling, road racing or track events and that kind of stuff so we can have a contingent come over,” he said.

The Barbuda Falcons 5K run and walk, is in its 9th year.

The event was renamed this year after Maddie Zolfo, a visitor to Coco Point in Barbuda, who Cuffy said died in July 2016.

He said her entire family came down to support the run.

Kalique St Jean emerged the overall men’s winner, winning in a course record time of 16 minutes, 51.25 seconds.

The female winner was Tanika James with an overall time of 25 minutes, 14 seconds.

Around a dozen participants travelled from Antigua to take part in the event.

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