Relay record turnout expected Sunday

The annual cross island relay is
back and a record turnout is expected.

Fidelity Bank is sponsoring the
36th Annual Cross Island Relay on Sunday.

Organized by the Hash House
Harriers running club, the Cross Island Relay, has become one of Cayman’s most
popular annual sporting events and is one of the largest participation sporting
occasions on the island.

Drawing record numbers with 52
relay teams and over 300 runners in 2009, that figure could be shattered this time. 

Participants of all abilities and
from all walks of life converge to hit the streets together for the event –
local athletes, social runners, school children and pram pushers alike. 

It was founded by public high
school PE teacher Winston Skinner in 1975. Since the discontinuation of the
race by John Gray High School the Hash has taken over the tradition of organizing
the relay.

The event consists of six member
relay teams with the first leg beginning in Gun Bay and the last leg finishing
at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. 

The race begins at 6am sharp.

“Fidelity supports and promotes a
healthy lifestyle and a health conscious community and thus once again we are
proud to partner with the Hash House Harriers for the Cross Island Relay,” said
Tom Gammage, vice-president of Fidelity Cayman Limited. 

“Any excess funds collected by Hash
are donated to charity and so we look forward to seeing serious – and not so
serious – runners sign up for this worthy cause!”

The Hash House Harriers is a global
non-competitive running and social club which originated in Kuala Lumpur in
1938. The club currently has 1,879 hash groups registered in the world directory,
with locations in 1,223 cities in 183 countries. They meet every Monday night
to race.

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