New East End run spreads fun

For road runners looking for a fresh challenge and another part of Grand Cayman other than George Town to compete in, there is a new one in East End soon. 

RaceCaribbean has their inaugural event, a three-in-one run-walk at the Reef, East End on Sunday 30 October. The first event is a relay race with three 10k legs, which starts at 6am. The relay route starts at the Reef, East End, renowned for quiet, flat roads. It runs down the Queens Highway, turns onto Frank Sound and left onto Sea View Road, through East End and back to the Reef, which is the perfect location for the 30km relay race. Relay teams of three will compete for prizes in top male, female and corporate divisions, as well as overall top three teams. 

Also starting at 6am is the 30k solo run. This event, ideal for those preparing for the Cayman Islands Marathon in December, follows the same course as the relay. There are prizes for the top three male and female. 

At 7am is the East End 5k run-walk which starts and finishes at the Reef. Prizes are for top two male and female overall, under-12 and under-16 male and female. Additionally, there will be prizes for the top two strollers. 

As an added bonus the course distances and legs are accurately measured and sanctioned by the Cayman Islands Athletic Association. First aid will be provided by the Red Cross and marshalling by the Cadet Corps. 

Organiser Derek Larner said: “People should make a weekend of it and stay at the Reef with special staycation rates available for resident participants from just $95. White Sand water sports are offering a local resident discount, so guests can take the seas on a paddle board or kayak or they can socialise by the Rusty Pelican Beach Bar on Saturday evening before the race. 

“We’re also having a barbecue pasta party to fuel up before the race. After the Sunday morning events, the family fun on offer is a costume competition where a staycation at the Reef is up for grabs among some other fantastic prizes. There will be games, face painting and a candy hunt for the kids. After the race we can have a massage at Le Soleil spa where residents receive 10 per cent off. We hope people will come and support this first ever event in East End and make it a fun time.” 

Race entry is $60 per team, and $20 for individuals in 30km or 5km with children under 16 free. All participants will receive a race t-shirt and breakfast after the events. Race Caribbean will be at Camana Bay on Saturday 22 October and 29 October from 10am-2pm for teams and individuals to sign up for the events. Race registration is also available at the Reef any day of the week. 

For more information about this event visit To book a staycation email [email protected] or call 640-0100.  


Derek Larner has organised the East End event. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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