They came from near and far for the Boxing Day traditional fun-run that has become a permanent fixture in the festive season calendar.
In 15 years Seven Mile Beach has undergone many changes.
But year after year, there is an event along the shore that continues to evoke the spirit of Christmas giving, family and friendship.
The Boxing Day Beach Run provides visitors and residents an opportunity to renew acquaintances with friend seen only at this annual get together, while others use the occasion to enjoy a fun-filled morning in either competitive or leisurely activity with individuals they might meet on a regular basis.
Although the start and finish venues have differed as time goes by, there are a number of traditions which are strictly followed. Unique event shirts are designed by John Broad.
Fastest finisher awards for the first male and female to complete the course are provided by Bill Estwanik, who has visited Cayman over Christmas for more than 20 years.
This year’s recipients were residents Jason Saunders who won in 10 minutes 0 seconds and Emily Davies (12:47).
Second, third and fourth male and female finishers also received performance awards. Second and third spots went to Tristan von Kirchenheim and Matthew Courtis, both residents who were home on holiday from university, while fourth place was captured by Kevin Ferreira, perennial visitor from Connecticut.
Jill Litrenta of Wisconsin was runner-up among the ladies, with residents Deirdre Billes and Gill Comins claiming the next two positions.
As usual, the ‘lastest’ as well as the fastest were recognised. Appropriate notice was given to resident Ushani Abeynayake, originally from Sri Lanka and Oliviere Lamben, a visitor from Belgium.
Mary Cornwall came from Melbourne, Australia was persuaded to participate, which earned her a prize as the visitor who travelled the farthest distance.
As usual, the event attracted revellers from far and wide, with representatives from 22 states of America, as well as from Canada and the United Kingdom.
Just over 200 people in all competed, ranging in age from four months to 70-plus.
After splashing and dashing, everyone tucked into a delicious breakfast hosted by Tiki Beach.
Visitors who had participated in previous Dashes – some more than 10 – were hailed.
In addition to performance awards, a large number of theme-related prizes were distributed by Tourism Ambassador Amy Farrington and Donna Reid of the Department of Tourism.
Attendance of Cayman national record holders in track and field Kareem Streete-Thompson and Carl Morgan was also noted.
Phoenix Athletic Club, organisers of the Dash, thanked sponsors, donors of prizes, officials, volunteers and participants for contributing to the festivities.
Jerry Harper, Dash Director,invited all to return and bring more friends and family in 2013, when Dashing Thru The Sand turns Sweet Sixteen.