Lovers of road races have never had it so good and a new one introduced last year can combine their athletic prowess whilst in a romantic mood for another staging of the Valentine’s Mile.
It is only a mile so even the most pedestrian and moderately fit can compete and still have enough energy to romance their partners.
It is on 17 February at 4pm at Cartier-Kirk Freeport on Cardinal Avenue in the centre of George Town.
The route will be over a different course although it will be an accurately measured mile. The first Valentine’s Mile went very well last year at Grand Harbour with about 350 entrants plus a kiddies race.
Derek Larner is a keen racer himself and one of the celebrated British Bulldogs who have won the team event in the Cayman Marathon for the past two years. He also coaches some of the best junior middle-distance runners in the Cayman Islands.
Larner is also the founder of Race Caribbean organisation and the Valentine’s run is one of his events.
“There will be a junior runners’ one mile and we will also allow runners with dogs to participate in a separate race,” he said.
“There are more walk/runs in Grand Cayman now than at any time before as organisations and charities see it as a simple way to raise funds.
“I think the obvious benefits to having many events is that is gives people more choices and opportunities to participate in a fitness activity, whilst helping to raise funds for worthy causes.”
Marius Acker won the inaugural Valentine’s Mile, but if he competes this time, the standard will be stronger. “Dominic Corbin has been in great form but you should never write off Marius,” said Larner.
“Others who if running at their best could come into the frame include David Walker, James Ogden, Jonathan Shilitto, Andrew Keast and Jason Saunders.
“Tahj Lewis and Kirk Williamson have been running quick times for half-mile on the track and if they can convert the track form to the road, they may well surprise the top runners.
“All of my youngsters will be running, including Tiffany Cole, Dominic Dyer, Kerryann Simpson, Jamie Montero and Ryan Kirkaldy.
“This is the second year for Race Caribbean. It has its own events, The Valentine’s Mile and Halloween 10-10-10 which were popular events and we enjoyed much positive feedback from many people.
“We assisted with the Mercuryman Triathlon and are involved in the Cross Island Relay and Off The Beaten Track as well as organising a brand new event to the Cayman Islands running calendar, the CICC 5km and 10km.
“This event is to help raise funds for the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps, an organisation which has helped a generation of Caymanian youngsters having just celebrated its tenth year. The Corps is actively involved in many activities and can often be seen helping at races with marshalling, water stops, traffic control and so on.
“We are always looking for organisations who wish to sponsor but are not quite sure how to organise such events.”