Earth Day defied weather to make everyone feel sunny

Earth Day 2012 dawned rainy and stormy signalling what could have been the wettest Earth Day 5k Fun Run yet, but with a nod from Mother Nature the skies cleared at the last moment making for a great time for all.

Of the many determined participants who were set to brave the elements, the fastest finishers were Marius Acker in the men’s category with a time of 17 minutes 49 seconds and Emily Davies in the women’s who arrived in 20.08.

Marking the ‘Every Day is Earth Day’ theme, the top three male and female runners received trophies made from recycled bottles and the event featured many green elements including plant-based biodegradable water bottles and cups, paperless registration and recycled art.

“We appreciate all those who came out to support the Trust at this great annual event, which once again was generously sponsored by PwC,” said Trust Chair Carla Reid.

“And we couldn’t have done it without our dedicated volunteers who kept things running so smoothly.”

“Many thanks to our prize sponsors Cayman Airways, Hibiscus Spa, Havianas, Premier Wines and Spirits, Sea Elements, Foster’s BayMarket, Cayman Helicopters and Paperman’s coffeehouse,” said Trust General Manager Christina McTaggart.

The Fun Run also featured a new component for 2012. Over the week leading up to Earth Day, organisers held an aluminium can drive.

“We wanted this year’s fun run participants to have an easy but meaningful way to have a positive impact on our environment and we had such a great response,” said Angilynn Baraud, PwC’s Assurance and Business Development Manager.

“So many people, including the staff at PwC took up the challenge and we are grateful to the Department of Environmental Health for making the can drive possible. We now have a fantastic example of how, if we all do a little, we can change a lot.”

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