More than 650 walkers and runners took part in last weekend’s Annual Brenda Tibbetts-Lund 5K Memorial Walk/Run in North Side and George Town.
The memorial walk and run is in its 16th year and is organized annually by the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens in memory of Brenda Tibbetts Lund, who lost her battle with breast cancer.
The annual event raises funds to fight against breast cancer, as well as to help promote the importance of early detection and celebrate survivors of breast cancer.
Ms Tibbetts Lund, who had been a strong and vocal advocate for breast cancer awareness, died of the disease in 1998.
This year, the event was extended to make it easier for people living in the eastern part of Grand Cayman to take part and show their support.
One walk/run was held at Kaibo in North Side on Saturday, Oct. 12, and the second was held in George Town on Sunday, Oct. 13.
As well as being the inaugural North Side Walk/Run, this year also marked the first time the George Town event began at the Holiday Inn Resort in Safe Haven.
The new George Town route originated from the parking lot of the resort to the Esterly Tibbetts Highway and back kept the participants away from road traffic.
Lion President Nereen Thomas said, “The club is keen on ensuring that all the residents of Grand Cayman are given a chance to participate in both our awareness meetings and fundraising activities.
“Additionally, North Side is roughly an hour’s drive away [from George Town] and many residents might not be able to get to George Town for the event’s 6 a.m. start.”
About 75 people turned out for the North Side event.
One highlight of the morning in North Side was the surprise donation made to the club in honor of the late Trish Whittington by Alex Johnson of the North Side Community Development Team.
Lion Wendy Wiltshire, chairwoman of the Breast Cancer Awareness Committee, said, “The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens is extremely grateful to the public for its continued support of this event and for embracing the changes implemented this year.”
The run/walk enthusiasts of George Town and the surrounding districts came out early to participate and the first 20 walkers past the finishing line were awarded medals, while runners in several age group divisions were also given medals.