Exercise trail opens on the Brac

Visitors to Cayman Brac’s community park in West End can not only take a leisurely stroll through the grounds but do twists, chin-lifts, bench presses and sit-ups in the process.

It’s all part of the park’s new outdoor exercise trail, a project undertaken by the Rotary Club of Cayman Brac to celebrate Rotary International’s 100th anniversary.

‘It’s something the entire community can use and we think it will be a tourist attraction too,’ said Club President Lauriese Ashman.

‘It’s part of Rotary’s focus on health and healthy lifestyles and we’re promoting it in a natural environment.’

The new Lifecourse trail was officially opened Saturday by the Governor, Mr. Bruce Dinwiddy, with various other government officials in attendance including District Commissioner Kenny Ryan and Sister Islands’ representatives Julianna O’Connor-Connolly and Lyndon Martin.

The course features a series of 20 outdoor exercise stations arranged in loop around the park. Some of the stations simply post instructions while others feature exercise equipment such as balance beams, steps and chin-up bars. By the end, it gives participants a complete workout.

The exercise trail has been in the works for several years, a major undertaking that’s the first of its kind in Cayman.

Ms Ashman said the centennial Lifecourse project is modeled after similar outdoor exercise trails initiated by Rotary clubs in the United States that have now spread worldwide.

Centennial community projects are being organized by Rotary clubs across the globe to celebrate a century of service. Founded in February of 1905 by lawyer Paul P. Harris and three other professionals, Rotary International is one of the first service organizations in the world. Today, there are around 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries worldwide. Its motto is ‘Service Above Self.’

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