One of Cayman’s best runners did well at a recent overseas competition.
Marius Acker came fourth place overall at the Miami Half Marathon on 25 January.
The 37 year-old ran a time of 1:14:10 and was three seconds off the overall winner who hailed from Havertown, Pennsylvania.
The event covered some 12.8 miles and took runners around the Miami harbour.
The race began in front of the American Airlines Arena (home of the NBA’s Miami Heat) and finished adjacent to Bayfront Park, some four blocks from the start of the race.
In Acker’s mind the race went well and he got a favourable result.
‘Except for a stitch in my right side in the last 5km I had a great race in Miami. It was awesome weather and I had times of 34.40 in the 10K split, 51.55 in the 15K split and an average pace of 5.39 per mile.
‘My aim was sub 1.14 and I slowed down quite a bit the last 2km due to the side stitch. If it wasn’t for the stitch I would have gone sub 1.14 for sure.’
Like all good runners Acker wished he could have finished higher.
‘Fourth out of 10,000 is not too bad at all I would think. Last year I was second in my 35-40 age bracket. This year I won it and improved last year’s time by 48 seconds.’
Acker went on to say that the competition showed him that going faster is possible.
‘[I’m] still hoping to go faster and Miami showed me that it would be possible to improve on my Cayman time. I went about two minutes quicker than six weeks ago on island.’