Handicap back

Slow road runners get another rare chance to call themselves champs with the return of Cayman’s only handicap race.

It is organized by Tony Watts, founder of the Wednesday Night Running Club.

There are three races, all on Wednesday nights starting at 6:15 p.m. from the old World Gym on Lawrence Boulevard. They run on Sept. 25, then Oct. 9 and Oct. 23.

It is the same three-mile course as run in the previous four years,

It is a 5km loop and although anyone can turn up and run, to be in with a shout of winning, overall entrants must go running on at least three Wednesdays with the club, which meets every Wednesday outside the new World Gym entrance on West Bay Road at 6 p.m.

Triathlete Justine Plenkiewicz will calculate the start positions for the first race after assessing runners’ abilities from the regular club runs.

Then the Race 2 handicap is calculated based on the run times for Race 1 and the Race 3 start times based on the run times for Race 2.

“The great thing about a time handicap race is that because the fastest people start last, everyone has an equal chance of winning,” said Watts. “If you’ve never been at the front before, this could be your chance.

“Each runners’ two lowest scores from the three races are added together and the lowest total wins the Jim Kelly Trophy, which has been sat on the front desk at World Gym for the last year, as current champ Evelin Ritch works there and likes to show it off to all the customers.”

For runners new to this event, it will be dark by the time they reach the finish, so bright clothes are advised and clip-on lights too.

The winner will be announced and trophy presented with some random prizes, probably a raffle too, at the social soon after the third race.

Watts also endorses runners from his club supporting this weekend’s 5K walk/run organized by the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants.

It is on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 7 a.m at the North Sound Golf Club. All proceeds benefit the Red Cross and registration can be done on the Cayman Active website.