Cinco is always five times as fun

The annual Cinco de Mayo 5K was run last week and the usual traditional themes associated with it were recognised.  

The date, distance and start time were all five-related. Performance awards were presented to the first five male and first five female finishers.  

The fifth finisher received cinco bottles of mayo (mayonnaise). Finisher No. 55 received a commemorative sombrero. Random awards included fiesta-themed items from The Church-mice, Cayman Distributors and the Glassblowing Studio. Gift certificates were donated by Agave Grill, Carlos and Martin’s and Breezes by the Bay. Event shirts were provided by Cayman Printworks. 

In addition to local participants, visiting runners hailed from as far away as Arizona.  

Jason Saunders completed the two circuits of Camana Bay fastest, finishing in 17 minutes, 21 seconds. Evans Simiyu (18:54), Pablo Brito (19:03), Pedro Ramos (19:04) and J.P. Hanekom (19:13) followed suit and rounded out the top five.  

Sizzling senoritas and senoras included Tiffany Cole (21:06), Tracey Walker (22:55), Melissa Lim (23:03), Jacqueline Davis (23:04) and Bridget Kidner (25:04). The party continued for some time at Carlos and Martin’s with spicy food, drink and conversation. 

The traditional Cinco de Mayo 5K was organised by the Phoenix Athletic Club, with the usual start time of 5.55pm on 5 May. For a mere 15 Caymanian pesos, celebrants received event shirts and theme-related performance awards and prizes.  

Chihuahuas and other canine friends of all sizes were welcome. Ability to speak Spanish and knowledge of Mexican history were not requirements for entry. Participants arriving on horseback were requested to hitch their mounts in the open area near the CNB and Ogier offices.  

Drivers of stagecoaches and other wheeled vehicles carrying passengers needed to exercise extreme caution and be aware of the rules while traversing roundabouts. Red, white and green were the day’s colours. Sombreros were optional and attachment of spurs to running shoes resulted in disqualification.