Stride Against Cancer countdown

The countdown is on for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s annual Stride Against Cancer walk-run and registration has now begun.

Stride Against Cancer 2006

Walkers get ready for Stride Against Cancer 2006.
Photo: Submitted

The event is scheduled for Sunday, 14 January, at the Public Beach on West Bay Road. Stride is the Cancer Society’s annual half marathon walk/run and one of the Society’s biggest fundraising events each year, states a press release.

The event is a non-competitive event for the entire family.

Participants have the option of walking or running either a half marathon (13.1 miles) or the short course (6.5 miles). The longer distance is slated to begin at 6am and the shorter distance at 7am.

The event starts and ends at the Public Beach on West Bay Road.

The long course goes along West Bay Road and into George Town and out to Caribbean Paradise in South Sound and back to the Public Beach.

The short course goes to The Wharf and back to the Public Beach.

Water stations will be located approximately every mile along the course and these have been sponsored by a number of companies including Appleby Hunter Bailrache, Cayman National Bank, FirstCaribbean International Bank, Maples and Calder, Octopus Event Management, RE/MAX Cayman Islands, Subway, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Registration, which costs $25, has begun from the Cancer Society office on Maple Road between the hours of 10am and 3pm and will begin island-wide 2 January.

Corporate registration is also possible for companies with 10 or more registrants. Persons registering before 7 January will be eligible to win an Early Bird prize of tickets to the Sister Islands donated by Cayman Airways.

In addition, the Society plans to once again hold a Stride event in schools island-wide on Friday, 12 January. The 2006 event saw school children in almost every school on Grand Cayman join in to raise funds that are used in the battle against cancer in the Cayman Islands.

Anne Macfarlane of North Side is once again organizing a mini-walk for residents of the Eastern Districts. The walk will begin from Anne’s house in Old Man Bay at 7 am on the 14th and go to the Rum Point Club – a distance of approximately six miles.

Progressive Distributors and Fosters Food Fair have signed on as Premier Sponsors of the Stride Against Cancer event. Christine Sanders, Coordinator of the Stride event, says that the Society truly appreciates the ongoing commitment to this event from both these organizations. Sagicor General, Rooster 101 and Z99 are also sponsors the event.

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is a non-profit organization unaffiliated with any organization internationally or locally. It is committed to educating the public on cancer related matters, promoting cancer prevention and providing support to cancer patients and their families. These programs are funded through donations and the Society’s fundraising efforts.

For more information on the Society, or the Stride event please contact Christine Sanders at 949-7618 or by email [email protected]