KPMG is lending its name and support to the 33rd Annual Pirates Week 5K Sea Swim, helping the continuity of one of the cornerstone sporting events of Pirates Week and Cayman swimming.
Starting and finishing at the Grand Cayman Beach Suites, the 5K race will attract fierce competition between local and international open water swimmers, such as the up- and-coming, Iain McCallum, lining up against international open water sensation, Emily Brunemann.
McCallum’s brother Alex won last year, beating off some world class athletes including London and Beijing Olympics gold medallist Oussama Mellouli into second place.
Brunemann is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and currently a professional swimmer, is a four-time FINA World Cup 10K Open Water Champion, one mile freestyle NCAA Champion, and two-time 1,500-meter freestyle and 10K Open Water USA National Champion.
Brunemann was last year three years ago, again for the Pirates Week 5k and won by the closest of margins, a split second ahead of Eva Fabian, another world champ open water swimmer.
Brunemann has represented the United States in multiple international events in Brazil, Japan, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Argentina, Brazil and the Cayman Islands.
“KPMG is delighted to be a part of this long-standing sporting tradition and is pleased to welcome Emily Brunemann, to the Cayman Islands,” said Hellen Chemeli of KPMG.
“Seven Mile Beach is an ideal location for open water swimming and we look forward to seeing the sport continue to grow as a viable part of our sports tourism industry.”
The 5K event, organized by the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association, is spectator-friendly as it will be two 2.5k loops, starting and ending at the Grand Cayman Beach Suites.
Registration is from 6:15-7:10 a.m. at the race site; the registration fee is $15 for children and $25 for adults, and the race begins at 7:30 a.m.
Food will be provided by The Grand Cayman Beach Suites; entertainment and support by the Seattle Seafair Pirates and there will be plaques for the top three male and female swimmers, age group trophies and medals, and T-shirts for all competitors.