Olympic race was diverse

More than 100 celebrants turned out to participate in the annual Olympic Day 5K, conducted by the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee.

National symbols were prominently displayed by the representatives of 21 different countries, as well as from several United States and Canadian provinces.

First to cross the finish line was Mark Browne of Ireland in a time of 19 minutes 18 seconds, with runner up Colion Thorburn exactly one minute back.

Third place honours went to Ben Baines in 20:36.

Avril O’Reilly led the women and gave Ireland dual victories with her fifth place overall placement, at 21:20.

Second spot in the ladies division was captured by Marcia Robinson, who posted a 25:07 mark, with Caroline Courtis third at 25:45.

Family groups were highly visible, and the generations squared off in friendly competition.

Special mention goes to four-year-old Herman Moraes, who accompanied his parents on the entire 3.1 mile trek.

Olympians Donald McLean and Carson Ebanks were on hand, and McLean, as President of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, spoke on the history of Olympic Day and expressed hope for the success of Cayman’s swimmers and track athletes at Beijing later this summer.

Theme-related figurines from the Island Glassblowing Studio were presented to the first male and female finishers and other prizes reflected the international aspect of the occasion, and the venue for this year’s Olympic Games-China.

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