The last Sunday in January is traditionally the time to stride out in support of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and this year, Operations Manager Jennifer Weber says, they are hoping to make greater strides than ever.
Determined not to be discouraged by the break in and theft the Cancer Society suffered last year, she hopes the fundraising run and walk will highlight the great spirit of cooperation that exists in the Cayman community.
Stride Against Cancer is designed to be accessible and appealing to all – whether seasoned athletes or first timers. Participants therefore have the option of entering for the long course or the short course, both of which begin at Public Beach on Seven Mile Beach and head south along West Bay Road.
The long course, which is a half marathon distance, begins at 6am and will take runners and walkers as far as Caribbean Paradise, and then back to Public Beach.
The short course, a quarter marathon, kicks off at 7am, and the turn around point is the Wharf. Both courses, and aid stations, close at 9.30 am.
North Side residents have their own mini-course starting at the boat launch next to Over the Edge and finishing at Kaibo. Transport back to Over the Edge will be provided.
Serious runners will be timed and given bibs, but it needn’t be a competitive event, says Jennifer. If you don’t think you can complete the course, cheating is okay, she confirms – it’s the taking part that counts.
Fun on the Beach
And even if you don’t take part in the walk or run at all, people are welcome to come along to Public Beach and join in the post-running fun there. Because they want to reinforce the community spirit in Cayman, the Cancer Society has extended an invitation to other charities on island to participate in the event, so the Humane Society will be there with some of their furry residents, the Red Cross will be on hand as will Hospice Care with their calendars for sale.
The Cancer Society will provide a healthy breakfast for all participants but for those wanting something heartier, the Lions Club will also be preparing a cooked breakfast with bacon, eggs, ackee, codfish and more.
There will also be plenty of beach side entertainment laid on and people are encouraged to hang out and enjoy a morning at the beach. There will be balloon twisters, face painters and a magician, random prize draws – and even a Bollywood dance demo.
Registration is $25 and participants can sign up online at www.caymanactive.com. Alternatively, registration desks will be set up at:
Friday, 25 January: Cafe del Sol on Fort Street, 11.30am to 2pm Or Sunset House, 5 to 8pm
Saturday, 26 January: Cost-U-Less, Hurley’s, Kirk’s Supermarket, Foster’s at the Strand, Airport and Countryside, 10am to 4pm.
Last year, 1,400 people strode against cancer. Together, Cayman can make it even more this year.