Cole races for Pirate treasure

As usual, the Pirates Week 5K run offered runners a swashbuckling good time. 

The opening sports event for Cayman’s national festival attracted more than 150 participants, who raced from Harbor Drive along the waterfront into South Sound and back. Local powerhouse Dominic Corbin defended his title as the overall winner and Tiffany Cole was the first woman finisher. 

Cole, 17, said she has a great affinity for the race. 

“It’s not my first time, I know how I’m supposed to run,” Cole said. “There’s always room for improvement, I did not run my personal best this time. Maybe I’ll do better next time. The race still has that great spirit and vibe. It’s the only 5K I feel strongly for. I was born on October 24, and the race was always near my birthday, so I feel like this is my race over the years. 

“It’s a fun race for me. Running is my passion and it’s what I love to do.” 

A number of notable runners took part, including Derek Larner, Kevin Connolly and Tom Gammage.  

All ages and abilities took part in the race, which was sponsored by the Ministry of Sport and organized by the Pirates Week Office in conjunction with the Cayman Islands Athletic Association. Awards were presented to the top runners in each age group, along with spot prizes. 

The next Pirates Week race will be the Jerry Harper 10K run, sponsored by KRyS Global, on Sunday, Nov. 17. 

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Tiffany Cole was the first woman home. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES