Competing in the Observation Tower Run is certainly one way of seeing how your fitness levels compare to others.
It entails running a double circuit of three miles around Camana Bay before taking the stairs to the top of the Observation Tower and back down again (that’s 116 steps up and 116 steps down) with a final sprint to the finish on the Crescent.
Whew! That should get your heart rate going. And at 7am on a Saturday morning, no less.
That’s this Saturday, 13 April.
Last year, about 100 people took part and the fastest competitor completed the course in a little over 18 minutes – so there’s a challenge if you needed one.
Camana Bay Sports & Recreation has partnered with Special Olympics Cayman Islands once again for what will be the fourth annual Tower Challenge. That means that one hundred percent of proceeds with go to Special Olympics, to help fund their ongoing programme of sports training for athletes from 8 years old an up with intellectual disabilities.
SOCI offers aquatics, athletics, bocce, football, basketball and motor adaptive training programmes and competitions year round to around 70 individuals of varying ages.
“We are so appreciative that Camana Bay has again selected Special Olympics Cayman Islands as the beneficiary of the annual Tower Run,” says Nick Freeland, Chairman of the board of Special Olympics Cayman Islands.
“This is the fourth year of the Run and it really is such a great venue for families and athletes of all abilities to participate and start the morning off with some healthy exercise; and of course Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunteers are all involved.”
Indeed, a number of Special Olympics athletes will be taking part in the challenge, whether running or walking.
It’s $25 to enter for adults and $15 for those under 15 and they can register by contacting [email protected] Entry fee includes a participant T-shirt, official race timing, post-race refreshments and a raffle entry.