World Run Day encourages pride in national costumes

World Run Day 2013 will soon be celebrated worldwide in what has grown from one man’s idea only 14 years ago to a global phenomenon.  

It will happen in the Cayman Islands on Sunday, Oct. 20 with a 5K run starting at Harbour Place in George Town. 

World Run Day was conceived by New Yorker Bill McDermott in 1999 to promote friendship and fitness worldwide and Cayman has participated each year.  

As an avid running fan, McDermott wondered what might be the ultimate running event and, soon after, World Run Day was born. 

McDermott traveled to Grand Cayman to take part in the local observance of the World Run Day some years ago. 

The event traditionally takes place on the Sunday closest to Nov. 8 to honor the memory of McDermott’s brother, who died in an auto accident on that date in 1983.  

Thousands of runners have joined in over the years – as individuals, as part of informal groups and in organized competitions. 

A small but cosmopolitan group turned out to celebrate local participation in World Run Day last year. 

Dominic Corbin continued his mastery over opponents in running competitions as he navigated the out-and-back course in 17 minutes, 49 seconds. Runner-up was Greg Meaker and Gavin McMaster was third.  

Quickest among the ladies was Clare Rosenfeld in 24:26. Jennifer Coleman was the next fastest female, and Emily Harrison was third.  

The award for best national costume was won by Johan Prinsloo, who represented South Africa.  

In addition to the Cayman Islands and South Africa, the far-flung diversity of origins of residents came from Great Britain, New Zealand, the Ukraine, the United States, Canada and Cuba. 

This event welcomes participants of all ages and abilities and encourages everyone to represent their particular country by costume or national symbols.  

Entry is $15 and includes the chance of performance and random prizes. An award will also be presented for best national costume. 


More information is available from the race organizers, the Phoenix Athletic Club, at 928-2537. 


Greg Meaker is one of the fastest local runners.


Johan Prinsloo proudly wore his South African vest. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD