The Fidelity Fun Run Series is set to kick off the first of three weekends of running on Saturday.
The route follows the traditional two-mile loop from the start opposite John Gray High School to end on Denham Thompson Way, with registration getting underway at 6.30am for the 7.30am start.
The series consists of three events, with the second and third events taking place on 15 and 22 September respectively.
“The Fidelity series kicks of the last three months of the year’s sport events that includes the Cayman Islands Triathlon and the Cayman Islands Marathon in December, it’s a wake-up call and a harsh reminder of how little time there is to prepare for these other events, with only eight weeks to the triathlon and 12 weeks until the marathon,” said Marius Acker, defending men’s champion.
Acker has become a regular feature on the top step of the podium over the last seven years, with only a very select couple of athletes having managed to bump him off the top step. One of those, David Walker, will be making his return to the event this year after an injury induced hiatus and Acker will be watching his return with some interest.
“As a previous Fidelity series winner his return could certainly put some spark in this year’s series. We battled it out with only seconds between us in earlier years, not sure in what shape he is in for the series though,” said Acker.
Of course, this time of year there are also many new faces on Island with new teachers and accountants arriving, which means that the established runners will have to keep an eye out for unexpected challengers.
“Two miles is a very short distance, your basically ‘red lining’ it all the way to the finish, so the lungs are on fire and the heart rate is off the charts, to get you to the finish as quick as possible. The one mile marker that brings up halfway is a good indicator of a possible finish time and also good to review the effort over the final mile,” said Acker.
However, as the three events in the series take place over the same distance and route, the competition tends to get even tighter in the second and third events of the series.
“In general most runners do better with the distance as the series progresses as they know how to pace themselves and their fitness improves,” said Acker.
Although the event brings out the competitive side in the fastest runners on Island, it is also a great event for the more recreational runners and walkers.
“Fidelity is a family event and it is fun to see the same crowd every Saturday morning with some looking like they’re just coming out of bed, their hairdos are all over the place. There is a stroller division which is fiercely contested every year and parents bring their kids to introduce them to running as sport. It’s good to get the whole family moving on a Saturday morning,” said Acker.
Refreshments will be included each week and event shirts and awards will be distributed immediately after the finish of the third event in the series. Awards will be presented to the top three aggregate overall male and female point scorers, as well as top three male and female point scorers in age groups under 12, 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+. Awards will also be presented to the top three scorers in the open divisions for prams and pets.
For further information, call 928-2537 or email [email protected]