They came out in the blazing sun and sizzled their way through the heat to mark the inaugural Cayman Islands Cadet Corps 10K and 5K.
It ran from near the Truman Bodden Sports Complex and was sponsored by BDO on Sunday afternoon. All proceeds benefited the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps. Deputy Governor Franz Manderson was the official event patron and took part in the 5K, running beside Eric Bush.
The 5K was won by emerging star Andrew Keast in 19 minutes, 23 seconds with Pablo Brito second in 21:12. First junior male was Daujaughn Murray, who is only 12 and was third overall in 21:38, ahead of other juniors Victor Maghalaes and third place finisher Andy White.
Gill Comins was the first female to cross the finish line and fifth overall in 22:48, with Louise Bailey second and Emily Harrison third. First junior female was Ciara Henry. Lindsay Blair was second and Kylee Glidden third.
In the 10K, Jason Saunders won in 37 minutes, 53 seconds, with David Walker (41:06) second and Brian Birkmire (41:38) third.
First female was Claire Critchley in 43:36 with Julie-Ann Peason and Pam Abbott coming in together for second and third place.
William Edwards and Alex Logvinov, both 13, ran good times for their age and were first and second juniors, with Delano Callender, 14, placing third.
Tiffany Cole was the first junior female home. Brandon Williams was the first cadet to complete. The first team overall and also first mixed team was Kicking Asphalt with Jens Pankalla, Helki Weber, Claire Critchley and Scott Ruby, totalling 47 points.
The first all-male team with 62 points was the Phoenix Fab Four with Jason Saunders, Pedro Ramos, Samuel Young and DJ Evans.
The first junior team was the MDR B team with 97 points comprising of William Edwards, Alex Logvinov, Tahj Lewis and Brandon Williams.
There was also a separate kids race after the main ones and each child received a medal for finishing. It ran around the new tarmac track on the football field behind George Hicks school.
Race Caribbean organiser Derek Larner said: “This is the first time the Cadet Corps has put on a race although initially it was involved with the Cayman Islands Marathon. “This was a fantastic event with a great turnout of at least 250. Hopefully, we’ve raised a bit of money for the Cadet Corps.
“There is no perfect time to put on an event like this, whether in the morning or afternoon, it’s still hot,” he added. “Hopefully, this will become the major 10K attraction for the Cayman Islands. Everybody enjoys it, that’s the main thing. That comes first as well as ensuring that we have no injuries and no casualties. Everything else after that is a bonus.”