One of the fastest women road runners in Cayman is the recently arrived Krissy Dooling who sped to first female place in the Cayman Marathon last week.
The 30-year-old Canadian physio had sizzled in shorter races in the few months she’s been here so it was no surprise to see her finish in 1 hour 28 minutes and 2 seconds, eighth overall.
Marius Acker won the 13.1 mile run in a course record 1:15:49, seven minutes ahead of second placed Geoff Riggs. Dooling tagged behind the chasing pack and it helped reach a fast time. The weather was perfect, cool with little breeze, which also helped.
My first Cayman half was a lot of fun,” she said. “I got the opportunity to run with some friends on the course – Conrad Proud, Mark Hogan, Steve Spiers – which made the race fly by. The supporters on road side and within the race – you can see everyone at the turn around – were awesome. A lot of the participants from my ‘Learn to Run’ clinic were racing the first relay leg, hearing them shout support was awesome and very motivating.
“It was great being the first woman over the line. It was actually the first time I have broken a big finish line tape like that. A lot of the spectators and volunteers at the water stops were excited to let me know I was, indeed, the first woman. The weather was amazing. Couldn’t have asked for better in Cayman.”
Dooling had an eventful year and she hopes it will get better in 2011. “This year was a really interesting one for me and running. I had planned to do a big fall marathon, but my training was impaired by injury and the Cayman heat. It was fun to compete in all the races here and I will regroup and plan for a major marathon in 2011.
“I deferred entry to the Chicago Marathon 2011, so I think I will do that one in October. I look forward to spending some time getting healthy and participating in other interests for a while – I’m playing soccer with Sunset House ladies team, that should keep me busy.”
Beth Schreader is the undisputed queen of marathon running in the Cayman Islands who befriended Dooling when she arrived in the summer. They could be rivals for the Cayman Marathon by this time next year, in an event that Schreader has won for the past three years.