Acker’s trained hard to keep stroke title

Triathletes and duathletes are limbering up again in preparation for the Ogier Stroke and Stride series.

Ogier is one of the leading providers of offshore legal and fiduciary services and despite the recession is once again backing the 2009 race series.

The first of the three weekly events is on Wednesday.

The Ogier Stroke and Stride is organised by the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association. It has become a popular and permanent event on the Cayman sporting calendar since its inception 11 years ago. The event is a three-series race, to be held at Sunset House on 12, 19 and 26 August, starting at 5.45pm.

Marius Acker won it last year and he hopes to hang on to his title. He has been seen pounding the streets at the crack of dawn in preparation.

Each race is a swim-run, with the swim building up from a 400 metre to an 800 metre length over the three weeks, each followed by a two mile run. The entry fee is $10 per race, or $25 for signing up for all three. Pre-race registration is available on 11 August, 5-7.30pm at Sunset House.

The event attracts a wide range of abilities in the two sports; from those that regularly compete, to those that just want to get out and get some exercise in a fun environment.

Both individual and team participation is available and everyone is welcome to race. Solo runners or swimmers who want to be part of a team but don’t have a team member, are invited to email [email protected] and the organisers put them in touch with a suitable partner. It is not compulsory to race in all three.

As well as the incentive to get fit, an added bonus is the opportunity of winning one of the many quality on-the-spot prizes up for grabs at each race, including a special bank of prizes for team entrants. The 2009 Ogier Stroke and Stride also sees the return of the Charity Challenge whereby participants can win additional prizes by getting sponsorship pledges that will benefit a local charity.

This year, the Ogier Child and Family Welfare Committee, which is one of five charitable task forces developed in 2008 to raise funds and awareness in a range of areas, have chosen to donate the monies raised in this event to the NCVO Nadine Andreas Foster Home. Monies donated will enable them to purchase long awaited educational books and CDs for the residents.

To encourage further donations and awareness for the NCVO Ogier is donating two tickets to Miami on Cayman Airways to the individual or team who raises the most money via pledges for the race series. Pledge forms can be downloaded from www.ogier.com or www.tricayman.com.

The race organisers are committed to running a safe event and in the interests of safety are requiring that the minimum age for participation is 13 and that any junior under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Family teams are encouraged, in addition to corporate teams.

  • For more information on the race, contact Jayne Aiken at Ogier at [email protected] or phone: 815 1852
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