Many are familiar with The World’s Strongest Man competition.
Muscular, brawny men from around the globe go through various tests of strength from lifting thick lumber to towing huge tour buses in record time.
The closest connection Cayman has had to that event was seeing it on TV.
Last Sunday Cayman got a taste of that with strong men and women pulling a fire truck near Seven Mile Beach.
The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Fire Truck Pull took place from 3-5pm at the entrance of Governor’s Harbour.
Some 72 people gave their hand at pulling a Cayman Islands Fire Service fire truck 15 feet.
Some seven teams came out to compete in two categories: (government) Agencies and Corporate.
On the surface it seems like a difficult task but with up to 12 people (two of which had to be women) pulling at one time the truck moved quickly.
The truck moved so fast in fact that time official Jerry Harper would see the teams manage to pull the truck in under 30 seconds.
Immigration had the fastest pull on the day winning the Agencies class with a time of 8.71 seconds.
Customs finished second at 9.02s while Fire Services came third at 9.73s.
In the Corporate section a pool of private sector employees came together under the name ‘Bulls’ and won in impressive fashion with a time of 8.90s.
Androgroup (who donated extra funds for the competition) were second in 9.21s and team Cayman Free Press were third at 10.61s.
Dale Ramoon was the MC on the day and doubles as the chairman of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee.
Ramoon said the event, which gave funds raised to the Special Olympics, was a great display.
‘The truck pull has been going on for a couple of years now. This year’s event was a tremendous success as plenty people came out to support and be spectators.
‘The idea of the event is to participate in something fun that at the same time highlights the Special Olympics in Cayman.’
Ramoon said the truck pull (which annual happens around the end of April) is the precursor for a bigger event called the Torch Run.
‘The Torch Run itself is in a couple months time. That event basically sees people running with a torch and presenting it to Special Olympics athletes in Cayman. That run is meant to bring publicity to law enforcement worldwide.’
Ultimately Ramoon hopes the truck pull takes place on a grander scale next year.
‘We had a good venue this year and hopefully we can do it again there next year. Hopefully it is just the beginning and encourages local companies to come out and support Special Olympics while more local agencies can come and compete with their peers.’