Million Dollar Run speeds, heats up the Easter long weekend

The Million Dollar Run is set to
rev up the crowds on Seven Mile Beach over the Easter long weekend from 1 to 5
April. The new route along Seven Mile Beach will allow spectators to view the entire
race from the beach front, making Easter Monday, 5 April, the perfect day to
spend on the beach.

Different classes

In order to broaden the range of
craft participating in the Million Dollar Run, the race will once again feature
a circuit class for pleasure boaters or new captains looking to get involved in
the event.

The offshore class is perfect for
the more powerful craft and experienced captains who want their skills tested.

The new route will kick off with a rolling
start from the Marriott Beach Resort area 300 yards offshore. From there, the
participating powerboats will charge up Seven Mile Beach, past Public Beach and
on to Northwest Point before making a turn and heading back south towards the
Thompson mooring in George Town. The course will then make another sharp turn
before the competitors head back to Royal Palms.

The boats participating in the offshore
class will have to complete the entire course six times for a total of 45 miles
of racing.

The circuit course is a shorter and
tighter version of the main route and those participating in this class will
complete a total of four laps as they fight it out for the best time in the circuit
class.

It is expected that around 20 boats
will compete for six prizes including best time (offshore and circuit), best hand,
best crew, best craft and outlaw class (boats competing under 500 horsepower).

For the poker run element of the
race, cards are chosen randomly before, during and after the race to form a
full five-card hand for each captain at the race’s conclusion.

Captains

The Million Dollar Run boat race
has many experienced captains competing who return to the event year after
year.

Andreas Ugland Sr. of Ugland
Offshore Racing, a previous winner in 2004, will race in the offshore class. He
is participating for the eighth year.

Since the debut of his team in
1991, the team has excelled and won European, national and world titles.

Dale Crighton, a Caymanian
entrepreneur, is back to try to regain the title for best time in the offshore
class after he dropped out of the race early last year due to mechanical
problems. In 2008 he dominated the water with his 42-foot Fountain named Heavy
Metal and took home the trophy.

Event co-founder, Kenny Rankin is
thrilled with the new route for Million Dollar Run and is preparing for a very
exciting event this Easter weekend.

“Million Dollar Run is in its
eighth year now and each year one of our main objectives has been to involve
spectators and race crews more in the race. With the course now being on Seven
Mile Beach it really opens up the event to appeal to a much larger audience and
a wider variety of people,” he said.

“Each year we want to bring
something bigger and better to Grand Cayman with Million Dollar Run.”

The start and finish location, with
the main stage for prize presentations, will be held at Royal Palms. For those
who want to enjoy the party atmosphere, there will be various spectator
locations along Seven Mile beach. Calico Jack’s will host the beach party with
DJ Billy Corduroy from Spin 94.9 FM and the MDR Beach BBQ will be held at The
Ritz-Carlton beach front. The $60 tickets are available through Monster Media.

Pre-race Events

Just like in years past, the party
starts well before race day and teams are encouraged to take part in the
festivities.

The captain’s cocktail reception at
the Grand Old House is at 7pm on Thursday, 1 April. This also serves as the
last chance to register for the event.

 On Saturday, 3 April, the Million Dollar Run
hosts the second annual Barcadere race village at Barcadere Marina. This is a
chance for spectators to get a close up view of the boats set to compete in the
Million Dollar Run.

This year the banquet dinner for
the captains will be replaced with Sunday brunch at Abacus in Camana Bay, with limited
tickets available for additional guests.

The event will also include a cat
boat race, which will be held off Public Beach on Monday, 5 April. Each of the
three races will be about 45 minutes long. There is $5,000 in prize money on
offer and the winner will also take home a trophy made by Horatio Esteban. The
event is sponsored by Cayman National Bank and the Dart Group.

The Ugland Offshore Racing Million
Dollar Run is presented by Dragon Bay, Grand Cayman; Corum Watches exclusive to
Magnum Jewellers, Audi, CayCompass.com, Butterfield Bank, Barcadere Marina,
Scott’s Landing and Valvtect Marine Fuel, Ketel One Vodka, Taittinger champagne,
Heineken, Titan Security, Crighton Properties, Sign Solutions Graphics and Web
Design, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and Paramount Media.

For more information on
registration and tickets, log on to mdr.ky or contact Jade Whitelaw at Monster
Media, at 949-8423.

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Andreas Ugland Sr and Merlin Seymour of Ole Ally Cat race neck on neck in 2009.
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