Murray plans ultra local race

Local ultra-distance runner James Murray has got such a busy schedule ahead of him, it sounds exhausting just reading it.

Murray came out of years of inactivity to run 100 miles around Cayman for charity two years ago and has continued on the road running and triathlon circuit ever since.

“I’m in the process of putting together a rough plan for the next 12 months,” Murray said. “I have plenty of hope and ideas and just need to make them happen.”

Last month, he finished the Vermont 100 mile run – one of the four Grand Slam races. Western States, Leadville and Wasatch are the others.

“Vermont had around 15,000 feet of climb and 15,000 feet and descent which made for some interesting running,” he said.

That finish provided him with a couple of options which he will pursue when the registration opens up later this year.

“First, I now have enough points to apply for the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc through my finish of Vermont and Marathon Des Sable last April,” he said.

The Ultra Trail Mont Blanc is a 100 miler through the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. The Vermont finish also allows Murray to apply for the Western States 100 in Tahoe next June and Wasatch 100 in late August.

“I don’t plan to run all these races next year but I hope to do one or two, lottery willing,” he said. “I can confirm that I’ll be running Rocky Raccoon 100 miler next February in Texas and there is a strong likelihood that, with three or four others from Cayman, we will enter the Keys100 next May in Florida.”

On the home front, Murray is discussing with Jon Roney organising a race around the whole of Grand Cayman.

The premise of the race would include cycling from Breezes to Kaibo, hopping in the water or a kayak at Kaibo and swimming across to Morgan’s Harbour, which is around six miles, and finish by running around the coast including beach as much as possible back to Breezes. That is being planned for the end of September or early October.

“I’m also thinking of organizing a 50-mile individual/relay race from Kaibo to Public Beach via East End. The twist on the relay is that teams can be a maximum of five and there are no set distances.

“Runners can switch in and out as they like, any distances and a car will provide support/protection for the team,” said Murray.

He will also do the Cayman Islands Triathlon on 3 November, Marathon on 1 December and Half Iron Man in January but the two tri events he will treat as training sessions.

“I’ve not decided how I’ll approach the Cayman Marathon. I may actually consider racing my first marathon,” he said.

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