Today’s Editorial January 04: Register now for cancer walk

If your New Year’s resolution involved a vow to get more exercise, we know how you can get kick started this year.

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s12th Annual Stride Against Cancer is about to get under way.

We’re reminding you of it this week because if you plan to walk, you need to register.

There are many great things about the annual walk.

For starters, it’s a non-competitive event, so you don’t have to be in great shape or even fast.

There’s also an option of three different courses. There’s a half marathon of 13.1 miles, a short course of 6.5 miles at Public Beach in West Bay and a similar short course in North Side.

Everyone who walks or runs is welcome.

Stride is a great way to start the habit of exercising this year.

Why exercise?

For one thing, it can help you keep your weight down.

Being overweight or obese is known to raise your risk of cancers of the colon, uterus, oesophagus, kidney, and breast. It is also thought to be linked to several other types of cancer including ovarian, pancreatic, cervical, and prostate.

Plus, exercising makes you feel good, makes you sleep better, can ease depression, prevents diabetes, keeps your bones and muscles strong and is good for your heart and lungs.

The annual Stride event is the largest fundraiser for the CI Cancer Society, which is non-profit, but offers many services.

The Society’s main thrust is to help find a cure for and eventually stop all cancers.

It also provides a wonderful service to people who have been diagnosed with cancer.

That’s why all of us should do our part to make sure the Stride Against Cancer is a huge success.

Registration is already under way and anyone who registers by 7 January will be entered into a draw for an early bird prize from Cayman Airways.

The first 1,200 registrants get a goody bag with items donated from various sponsors and a T-shirt.

There will also be other prizes available during the event.

The half marathon event begins at 6am and the two shorter courses at 7am. Call 949-7618 to sign up or to get more information. You can also send an email to [email protected].

So lace up your walking or running shoes and get moving.

We’ll see you there.