Set for mass dual

Some of the fittest athletes in Cayman, along with many more who are not quite as fit, will take part in the Cayman Islands Duathlon on Sunday. The event, which is organised by the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association and sponsored by Genesis Trust, consists of a two mile run, followed by a 12 mile cycle, rounded off with another two mile run. Think of it as triathlon for those who do not like swimming.

The start and finish of the event is in the Shoppes at Grand Harbour parking lot, with the run taking participants into the residential area behind Grand Harbour before the runners return to either get on their bikes or hand over to a team member who will take on the bike course.

Once the athletes return to the transition area to exchange their cycling shoes for running shoes, they will have to overcome the uncomfortable feeling that their legs had in fact turned to jelly before they will be able to get into their stride in the final two mile run.

The defending champion in the men’s division, Marius Acker, will be the man to beat once again, due to his superior speed on the run. However, he will face tough competition on the bike course from the likes of Johan Heath and Marius Deysel who could well catch him on the cycle leg, leading to a head to head battle on the final run. Gabe Rabess, the third place finisher last year, also has the potential to challenge for the win should he take the start.

The ladies field is wide open, with names to watch, depending on who takes the start, including Marlene West and the in-form Gill Comins.

Registration for the event closes at 9pm on Friday, 23 March, with athletes taking the start at 7am on Sunday morning.

The defending champion in the men’s division, Marius Acker, will be the man to beat.