A local runner tackled foreign competition in France.
Nathan Dack ran in the Paris International Marathon this month. It was the young Caymanian’s first marathon and he was delighted with his performance, finishing in the first 20 per cent of the international field of runners.
After the race, Dack states his time helped make the race a rewarding endeavour.
“I was pleased with my performance, which was in line with my target time of three hours and 30 minutes for my first full marathon run,” Dack said. “It was great to be in Paris running for the Cayman Islands in such a prestigious event.”
The Paris Marathon, which stretches 42.195 kilometres, takes place every year from the Champs-Élysées heading towards the Place de la Concorde and continuing through the city to finish at Foch Avenue. Along with the Berlin Marathon and the London Marathon, it is one of the most popular long-distance annual running events in Europe.
This year, Peter Some of Kenya was the men’s champion in a time of 2:05:38 while Boru Tadese of Ethiopia won the women’s segment in a record-setting time of 2:21:06.
Having trained hard for Paris, Dack now has his sights on other major marathon events. Dack raised a significant sum for a children’s charity through his participation in the event and he is very grateful to those who supported him with donations.