Set to dig deep off the track

The KRyS Global was involved in the organisation of the first Off The Beaten Track road race this time last year and the event proved successful enough to become an annual one. The second Off The Beaten Track road race in Grand Cayman is on Sunday, 27 February.

Kenneth Krys, founder and CEO of specialised corporate recovery and insolvency firm KRyS Global, hopes to see more participants this year than last.

Eighteen teams and two individuals competed in the event last time. The winning relay team was Burton’s Burners with a time of 4 hours 1 minute and 44 seconds. Richard Barber was the first individual runner to finish, completing the course in four hours and 41 minutes.

The course is finalised and the organisers will be posting details on www.offthebeatentrack.ky by 21 February. The starting/finishing point is Public Beach, and the run is approximately 50 km (31 miles) for an individual, or segments of roughly five miles each for up to a six person relay team. The race starts at 6:30am.

The ultra-marathon is designed to create the atmosphere of the ultra-distance race run every year in the hot sands of Morocco – the Marathon des Sables. As the name implies, the course is a complex route incorporating beach, dyke roads, back streets and more. For fit and seasoned runners, the race will undoubtedly be a unique and challenging experience.

All monies raised will again be donated to Facing Africa – a charity dedicated to helping children in the sub-Sahara who suffer from a disease called Noma. Noma is an acute and ravaging gangrenous infection affecting the face.

The victims are mainly children under the age of six, caught in a vicious cycle of extreme poverty and malnutrition. The mortality rate for this disease is estimated at about 90 per cent. Those who do survive suffer from immense distress and social isolation as a result of their facial deformities.

Krys, a long-standing marathon enthusiast and supporter of Facing Africa, participated in the 2009 Marathon des Sables and the Antarctic Ice Marathon in December 2010. He is encouraging more organisations to become involved to support this great cause. Joining some of Cayman’s top professional services firms, potential contributors can help by entering a team for this one-of-a-kind ultra-marathon.

The event has already gained the support of Tower Marketing, Governor’s Square, Stuarts Walker Hersant, PWC, Mourant Ozannes, MCS, dms Management, Maples and Calder, Maples Fund Services, Solomon Harris, the Caymanian Compass, Vision Marketing/Signs of Paradise, and Foster’s Food Fair.

Following the race there will be a nominal prize for the winning relay team and best individual male and female winner, with a BBQ and a medal distribution ceremony at public beach.

Online registration and payment can be made at Cayman Active www.caymanactive.com. Registrations on pick-up day at Calico Jack’s (Public Beach) on Saturday, 26 February from 10am-4pm. Entry fees are $270 for a team or $85 for individuals.

For more information regarding registration and sponsorship, contact Kenneth Krys at [email protected], call 815-8401 or visit www.offthebeatentrack.ky. More information on Facing Africa and NOMA can be found at www.facingafrica.org

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