Today’s Editorial January 17: Get in stride and register

Strap on your walking shoes and get moving.

It’s time to register for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s 13th Annual Stride Against Cancer.

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

This is the largest fundraiser for the Cancer Society and the money the agency takes in is put to good use.

Just last year the Society helped more than 10 people with more than $100,000 worth of expenses. It’s fundraising events like the Stride Against Cancer that help those who need it most.

Stride is a non-competitive event, so you don’t have to be in great shape or even fast to take part.

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 both starting at Public Beach on West Bay Road 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 Society holds the walk this time each year to raise funds and help those of us who have made New Year’s resolutions to get some of that poundage off our bodies.

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.

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] or visit the Society’s website at www.cics.ky.

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

We’ll see you there.

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