Jingle Bell has nice ring

For all those with enough energy after the Cayman Islands Marathon, there is another road run this weekend to keep their tired limbs moving, only it is much shorter. 

The 2013 Jingle Bell Walk/Run is on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 7 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman (formerly the Grand Caymanian) and over 5K and 10K distances.  

Visiting runner Steve Speirs and his wife, Ally, always turn out in this event. Speirs was second in the marathon last week. He usually wins one of the Jingle Bell runs, but Santa has secretly been training and promised the Welshman, who now lives in Virginia, stiff competition.  

The event is a major fundraiser for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre and attracts hundreds of participants as one of the most popular family events of the holiday season.  

With a protected venue off the main road, all members of the family can safely participate. 

The cost is $20 and Under-12s are free. It includes a T-shirt, breakfast with Santa and raffle prizes. 

The Jingle Bell event is in its 11th year and organizers have introduced something different. 

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre is about restoring a women’s sense of self-respect. Self-respect is something that everyone faces, so they have designed a challenge to go with the Jingle Bell Walk/Run, called “Respect Me.”  

Anyone can participate in the challenge, whether or not they are runners or walkers. Organizers are asking people to get involved by challenging themselves to pledge to do something significant – a personal goal based on health, fitness, positive self-image and self-respect.  

Individuals will ask others to sponsor them in a personal development goal such as finishing the race, amount of training preparation for the run/walk, giving up french fries, volunteering at the event, or any other activity that will empower them.  

These personal goals will not only gather a sense of community, but will also increase personal respect and accomplishment. 

The 2013 Jingle Bell Walk/Run is on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 7 a.m, at the Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman (formerly the Grand Caymanian). 

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Ally and Steve Speirs love escaping from Virginia’s wintry weather.

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Santa has been training to win the Jingle Bell run. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD
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