One of the largest relay races in Cayman is set for this Sunday and a record field is expected. Relay teams of six will hit the streets for the 37th Annual Fidelity Cross Island Relay.
Organised by the Hash House Harriers, the Fidelity Cross Island Relay is 24 miles long with each runner doing a leg of roughly six miles. The race starts from Gun Bay in East End at 6am, ending at Smith’s Cove.
The favourites are the British Bulldogs, which include Mark Hogan, who was second in the Cayman Marathon in December and last week ran a fast half marathon in Key West. He’s running with Conrad Proud, Russell Coleman, Dave Shibli, James Ogden and Derek Larner.
Another strong team is UBS, which includes Scott Brittain – if not injured – and Tom Stephens. Marius Acker, Beth Schreader and Mike McDonald are part of another strong team that will be snapping at the Bulldogs’ heels.
This year, organisers expect more than 65 relay teams to participate. “Year by year we watch the event grow; last year we hit a record number of 57 participating teams, this year we are estimating that we will have at least eight more teams joining us,” said Paul Schreiner of Hash House Harriers.
“We are very excited to once again be sponsoring the Fidelity Cross Island Relay,” said Fidelity’s Tom Gammage. “This is a great community event and we want to encourage all who can to participate.”
The fastest ever teams were in 1982 by the Hash House Harriers ‘A’ with time of two hours 14 minutes and four seconds. Also that year, the women’s team of Middle School set the record of 2:33:08. They were trained by coach Jerry Harper.
The fastest legs ever run were both in 1984 by Tim Byrne in 20 minutes 12 seconds and for the women, Herfa Ebanks in 24:12.
Registration for the relay must be completed by Saturday with a registration drive and registration packet collection held at Camana Bay from 12noon–4pm. Teams can also pre-register on www.caymanactive.com There will be no registration on the day of the race. For more information, visit www.caymanhash.com or email [email protected]