Paralympians pushed each other all the way

Wheelchair athletes are regular features of the annual Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, being held this weekend, and last week three of them limbered up with a race around Cayman, which will become an annual event too.

Ryan Chalmers, Aaron Pike and Brian Siemann, fellow Stay-Focused divers and Paralympians, pushed 55 miles across Grand Cayman to celebrate people with disabilities last week.

This year’s race followed the first Push Across Cayman a year ago when Chalmers pushed his wheelchair across the island as a precursor for his epic Push Across America 3,500 mile trek in June.

Stay-Focused director Roger Muller said, “We have decided to make Push Across Cayman an annual event and are grateful for the support provided by our event sponsor, Dart Camana Bay.

“Many thanks as well to support from the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, the Grand Cayman Marriott, and our generous sponsors who provided auction items for our celebration dinner.” Chalmers won with Siemann a close second and Pike just behind them.

All three will be racing a half-marathon distance of 13.1 miles on Sunday in the Cayman Islands Marathon, which starts at Breezes by the Bay on the Waterfront from 5 a.m.

This year’s race followed the first Push Across Cayman a year ago when Chalmers pushed his wheelchair across the island as a precursor for his epic Push Across America 3,500 mile trek in June.

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