Time to get fit again

The fun and ever popular Stroke
& Stride race series organised by the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association
and Ogiers returns on Wednesday.

The Stroke & Stride is a series
of three races consisting of a swim followed by a run. The races are on 11, 18
and 25 August, starting at 5:45pm at Sunset House, South Sound.

The first race is a 400 metre swim
followed by a two-mile run. This is the perfect swim distance for everyone: a
good introduction for those new to swimming and a good kick-start for more
experienced swimmers who might not have been training as much as they should
have for the Cayman Triathlon in November. The swim distance will increase to
600m and 800m for the following two races of the series.

Entrants can also race as a team.

Registering online will make
entrants’ race day formalities much quicker and also saves the organisers a
huge amount of time. For those who cannot register online, offline
pre-registration is available on Tuesday 10 August, from 5-7:30pm at My Bar,
Sunset House and on race days from 4:30-5:15pm. Entry is $25 in advance for the
whole series, or $10 per race – individuals and teams. Minimum age on race day
is 13 years of age and participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by
a parent or legal guardian.

The 2010 receiving charity will be
CARE – Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts. CARE is a group of dedicated
volunteers, whose goals are to assist the Cayman Islands Humane Society by
volunteering time to exercising and socialising the many pets abandoned at the
shelter and assist in the education of spay and neuter within the community.

This event attracts a wide range of
abilities; 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. If a solo runner or
swimmer wants to be part of a team, the organisers can put them in touch with a
suitable race partner.

As well as the incentive to get
fit, an added bonus is the opportunity of winning one of the many top quality
on-the-spot prizes on offer at each race, including a special bank of prizes
for team entrants.

Marius Acker, Lizzy Haines and team
One Speed (Jasper Mikkelsen swimming and Dave Walker running) got overall
victories in the 2009 Ogier Stroke and Stride.


Haines recently became a medical doctor.
Photo: Ron Shillingford

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