Flowers’s proud record finally ends

One of the longest records in the Caribbean came to an abrupt end when sea swim guru Frank Flowers stopped his daily road running log after 36 years. 

It happened on Nov. 4, the morning he had surgery to replace his right knee. Flowers started his consecutive running streak in 1977 and logged it every day since.  

For several years he ran more than 5,000 miles a year, which is an average of 100 miles a week and what top professionals do.  

Flowers has run 14 marathons and numerous half marathons and 10km races. So as not to spoil his record, he even ran on crutches through two minor knee surgeries and injuries.  

Sir Ron Hill is one of Flowers’s running heroes, who was there when he ran his first marathon. Sir Ron is supposed to have the longest running streak in the world and Flowers estimates he is No. 9 or 10 in the world for his longevity and certainly No. 1 in the Caribbean. He was the first born Caymanian to run a marathon. 

Flowers, 66, pioneered long-distance running in Cayman when he started training around South Sound in 1976. So unused were people to a regular long-distance road runner in those days, they called him the “South Sound Nut.” In 1986, when he could no longer run marathons, he decided to learn to swim and was encouraged by Ann Stafford to compete in the sport which is why he developed his love for promoting sea swims. 

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Frank Flowers has hung up his running shoes. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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