The Wednesday Night Running Club organizers Tony Watts and Justine Plenkiewicz are keeping members busy despite the fact that this is already the busiest time of the year for weekend road warriors.
On Saturday, Plenkiewicz helped organize a boat trip fundraiser for the second staging of the Mercuryman Triathlon, which is on Sunday, Jan. 19, in the new year.
The Sunset Sail went from Safehaven with a cash bar and snacks. One snorkeling stop was held in the middle.
The Wednesday Night Running Club is saying farewell to one of its most faithful runners, Jacqui Davis, who is leaving these sunny shores Wednesday for the less sunny shores of the United Kingdom after three years.
“To show her how much we will all miss her, please join us for a drink, food and good company at Fidel Murphy’s after the run,” Plenkiewicz said. The club meets every Wednesday evening outside World Gym at 6 p.m. for a run of between 3 and 5 miles. No charge, but new members are expected to buy the club’s luminous orange vests.
“After enjoying a relaxing Saturday on the boat and a Wednesday night drink at Fidel’s, you will have a chance to do some more hard running at the Cayman Islands marathon on Sunday,” she said. “WNRC is organizing four-person relay teams. Each leg is approximately 6.5 miles.”
On Sunday, Dec. 8, just in time after recovering from the marathon, Wednesday nighters can run for a good cause at the Jingle Bell 5K and 10K. Proceeds benefit the Cayman Islands Crisis Center and details are available on www.caymanactive.com/jingle.
Finally, there is a new challenge for the super-fit in time to shed the holiday pounds and fulfil new year’s resolutions; The Ironshore 50-mile Ultra Marathon on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Anyone who always wanted to run around Grand Cayman, from Breakers to Kaibo – and end with some Mudslides at Rum Point – it is the ideal chance, all 53 miles.
Participants can take up the challenge alone or as part of a team of four or eight people. Best of all, it is free.