Marathon quiz goes a long way for good causes

Anyone mad enough to run a marathon will be puffing and panting around Cayman right now for all the 26.2 mile runs coming up internationally.

It’s the Chicago Marathon on Sunday and then New York on November 2 and the Cayman Islands version is on December 7.

A group of Cayman-based runners have opted for the New York event next month and to inspire themselves and also raise money for charity they are holding a pub quiz night on Thursday of next week.

The New York Marathon Pub Quiz is organised by Jane Jarchow and with friends Elisabeth Lees, Phillip McGhee, Richard Horton and Nicholas Dixey they will raise money at Fidel Murphy’s Pub on West Bay Road for a variety of charities.

‘Richard and Nick have run the New York marathon twice before and Phil is running his second one this year,’ said Jarchow.

‘Between Nick and Richard there has been a little internal competition going on since Nick was faster in 2005 and Rich won their little race in 2007. This year will determine the winner.

‘Lis and I just signed up to get fit and find out if we can do it. We have both run the Cayman Islands Half Marathon before. Lis is also training for the Cayman Triathlon at the end of November.’

The training has been tough because of the heat so they run at all hours of the night and morning.

‘Training on Grand Cayman is not necessarily ideal,’ Jarchow added. ‘For some of our long runs we will get up at three in the morning now, just to avoid the sun and heat. These runs are long and it is much easier to train with a friend.

‘Richard and Phil have raised money for their previous marathons. One year they raised money for the Cayman Kidney Foundation.

‘This year Nick thought to make the process a bit more fun and came up with the idea of hosting a pub quiz.

‘Fidel Murphy’s are excited to host the event. We managed to get Vicki Wheaton on board to be the quiz master.

‘The quiz will have five rounds – current affairs, music, sports, film and true or false. The entry to the quiz is CI$20 per person and we will have a raffle as well.

‘We are going to raise money for various charities that are close to our heart. There is Breast Cancer Fund at the Cancer Society as part of the Breast Cancer Gala Dinner.’ Jarchow is raising money for that.

She added: ‘Also there’s an orphanage in Tanzania where Lis used to work every weekend while she was working there last year.

‘We’re also raising money for Whizz Kidz, a charity that provides kids with wheelchairs (Phil & Rich) and Generation NOW, a Cayman Youth Empowering Program (Nick).

Anyone wanting to compete in the quiz at Fidel Murphy’s in Queenscourt should contact Janet Jarchow on 916 0025 or email [email protected]