It’s all open to stride to victory

The Stroke and Stride series Race 2 took place last Wednesday at Sunset House.  

Postponed from the previous week due to poor weather, race director Christine Gibbs and the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association were pleased to get the race under way with record numbers of participants. 

The 600-meter swim and two-mile run attracted 142 individuals and 25 teams. First in the men’s competition was Marius Acker in 22 minutes, 13 seconds and first team to finish was the Pure Pommies of Alicia Proud and Brian Birkmyre in a time of 22:57. 

Crossing the line first for the women was Arwen Lawson in a time of 28:19.  

Gibbs is co-owner of A Step Ahead Physiotherapy, which sponsored the Stroke and Stride. She said, “The event went off really well thanks to the support of all the volunteers who generously gave their time to make this event the best yet.  

“We have had very positive feedback from the athletes. We hope that everyone will continue to be generous to donate to Cayman HospiceCare at the final race.” 

Spectators enjoyed relaxing at the Sunset House bar and restaurant whilst cheering on their friends and family and many athletes stayed on after the race to socialize and recover from their efforts.  

Acker has won this event several times. He was overseas for Race 1, which was won by teenager Matthew Courtis. But Courtis did not compete in the second. Acker said: “It was well organized, set up and marshalled, and was the best run Stroke and Stride event that I’ve ever been a part of in Cayman.” 

The Stroke and Stride is a series of three events of increasing swim distance, with the overall winner decided over all three races. It is 10 points for the race winner, nine for the second, eight for the third and so on.  

Currently leading the women overall is Jody McFarland with 19 points. She followed up her first race win with second place in Race 2. Andrea Roach is second in the women’s standings with 17 and Helen Artal is third with 11 points.  

William Balderamos leads the men with 16 points from the two races, though he will not be able to race in the final event, leaving the top spot open in a close competition.  

Jon Roney is second overall with 12 points and Acker, Courtis and Christopher Rose all have 10. On nine points are Johan Heath and Greg Meaker. If Courtis competes, he is likely to be the fastest on the evidence of the first race when he finished three minutes ahead of Balderamos.  

Team Tassle’s Michael O’Connor and Shaun Green lead the team competition with 17 points, Crazy Canucks of Chris Courtis and Claude Plamondon are second on 14 points and then it’s G&T – Gareth Wilkinson and Anthony Campbell – on 12.  

“We had a lot of people race yesterday who didn’t take part in Race 1, and encourage anyone else interested to sign up for the final race next week,” said Gibbs.  

“Sunset House will be providing post-race refreshments next Wednesday for all athletes and volunteers, so come and take part.” 

Registration for Race 3 of the ASAP Stroke and Stride is online at www.triathlon.ky/stroke-and-stride and is open until midnight on Tuesday. There is no race day registration. Cost for the final race is $15 for individuals and $25 for a two person team. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Cayman HospiceCare. 

Spectators enjoyed relaxing at the Sunset House bar and restaurant whilst cheering on their friends and family and many athletes stayed on after the race to socialize and recover from their efforts.  

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Marius Acker could be champion again.

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Arwen Lawson won the women’s Race 2.

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