Olympic run saw many nations

The annual Olympic Day 5K run/walk was well attended and took on even more significance this year because the London Olympics are only a few weeks away.

It started at the Truman Bodden Sport Complex on 24 June at 5pm.

Lori Powell, vice-president of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, spoke of the significance of Olympic Day prior to the race start and took charge of the distribution of performance and random awards afterwards.

Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the start of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.

Every 23 June, Olympic Day is celebrated around the world: hundreds of thousands of people of all ages get moving and participate in sporting activities. Over the last two decades the event has helped to spread the Olympic ideals globally.

In the Cayman Islands, 154 participants came out to complete the 3.1 mile loop course, representing 28 countries. There were many decked out in colourful attire, carrying their country flags and celebrating in the spirit of the Olympic movement.

David Shibli Sr. led the way to the finish as he clocked 19 minutes 23 seconds for the victory, with Leon Barracks close behind in second place in 19:37 and J.P. Hanekom claiming the final men’s podium spot in 19:40.

Marlene West finished 19th overall and was the fastest lady of the day, crossing in 23:21, while Shelley White clocked a time of 23:41 minutes for second and Lauren Nelson was the third female with a 23:52 posting.

All finishers received goodie bags upon completion, including event shirts and certificates of participation. Each participant was given complimentary refreshments, pizza, ice cream and an opportunity for random prizes.

The organisers thanked the many volunteers, participants and local donors for all their contributions.