Jingle all the way

Christmas spirit comes to the roads of Grand Cayman this weekend when the annual Jingle Bell walk/run takes place on Sunday, 11 December. 

With many local runners in fine shape following the Cayman Islands Marathon last weekend, the event may be the perfect way to get those creaking joints in shape again. 

The day will feature two distances, a 5 kilometre event for those not too keen on working too hard out there, or a 10 kilometre for the slightly more competitive or masochistic runners. 

Of course, just how into the Christmas spirit you get is up to you, but running in a full Santa suit in Cayman heat has been known to lead to overheating and dehydration, so tempering the Christmas spirit just a little bit may be a good idea. After all, Santa will be in attendance at the post-run breakfast, so no need to try and upstage the man himself. The breakfast could quite possibly explain why some runners seem to be in such an awful hurry to cross the finish line. Then again, maybe they just want to have the first shot at sitting on Santa’s lap. 

 

Entering the event 

Registration for the event will take place from 6am to 6:45am at Tiki Beach, with runners and walkers setting off at 7am. Online registration is also available through caymanboxoffice.com or caymanactive.com. 

The entry fee is $25 (US$30) per person, while children younger than 12 take part for free. The entry fee includes an event T-shirt, breakfast on the beach, as well as entry into the post race prize raffle. 

Prizes to be raffled after the finish will include donated children’s gifts as well as gift certificates for local restaurants and hotel stays. 

 

Charity 

In the true Christmas spirit, the event is all about giving back, with all proceeds of the event benefitting the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. The centre is a charitable organisation that provides shelter and support for women and children who have suffered domestic abuse and sexual assault. As the only fundraising event the centre holds, the support of the community is vital when it comes to allowing the centre to continue its work in the community. 

 

Sponsors 

The major sponsors for the event are Greenlight Re and Maples, with premium sponsors Caymanian Compass, KPMG, IMAC, and LIME, along with super sponsors Aon, Butterfield, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, First Caribbean, Water Authority Cayman, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Krys Global, SRS, Hew’s cleaning services, Cayman Airways, PKF, The Security Centre, Walkers, Conyers Dill & Pearman and Rawlinson & Hunter. 

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Mums with strollers are a common sight at the event. – Photo: Ron Shillingford