The 200-plus participants in the Dashing Thru The Sand/Boxing Day Beach Run/Walk were treated to a closeup view of Seven Mile Beach as they traversed the one and one-half mile stretch-shod and unshod-to celebrate the tenth rendering of the activity. Residents, including boxers Charles Whittaker and Jesse Bodden, and visitors from 20 U.S. states, Wales, England, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia- splashed and dashed their way along the shore.
First to cross the finish line was Marius Acker, followed by David Walker, and then Doug Anderson. Thirteen-year-old Tristan von Kirchenheim turned in a sparkling performance to take fourth place overall. Leading lady Dasher was Erin McNeill of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, with Lizzie Haynes in the runnerup spot. Third place honours were captured by Sarah Freeman of Suffolk, England.
Four-footed friends trotted over the distance, 7-month-old Solomon Whyte rode high above the sands, 4-year-0ld Chloe Wengerd managed her fifth successful completion of the event,and Sally Rubner plodded all the way pushing a pram.
Mrs.Nita Wheaton-Tull and Bill Mackay received the longevity awards, Debbie Mischayluk was judged to have traveled the farthest distance to reach Grand Cayman, and Melanie Blake and Marcus Graber were presented the coveted “lastest” prizes.
Recipients of Cayman Airways tickets were Arina Tomiste and Max Greller.
The organizers thanked major sponsors Mourant and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism for their support.
John Broad’s distinctive shirt design proved an eye-grabber, and Bill Estwanik, Island Glassblowing, Cayman Taffy,Brick House Restaurant, Guy Harvey, Susie Soto,Hi Tide,Paul Overstreet, and Hollywood Theaters were among contributors of prizes.
DASHING has truly become a family affair with contingents of Rheinbergers,Lumrys, Evans,Krys,Mackays, and Wilsons accounting for more than twenty-five per cent of the