Bush run coming up

Cayman’s top athletes will keep busy in the Cross Island Relay on Sunday with their sights set for the fourth staging of the much more demanding Off The Beaten Track.

Last year, Andrew Keast won Off The Beaten Track, an annual charitable 50-kilometer ultra-marathon designed to emulate the Marathon des Sables, which the event’s creator Kenneth Krys has run. Krys, CEO of KRyS Global, runs ultra-marathons all around the world.

The Cayman version leads participants on a route along unchartered, lush, tropical bush, along sandy beaches, and through remote back roads.

For seasoned runners, it’s a great cross-country course to test them in the sizzling Cayman sun. Others prefer to be in a relay team, collectively running the distance in six stages.

Off The Beaten Track, to be held Feb. 23, maintains its adrenaline-charged reputation with a different route every year.

With running enthusiasts like Derek Larner from Race Caribbean designing the course, runners are pushed to their limits as he conjures paths that may not even exist until just days before the run.

What’s equally rewarding is that participants also contribute to local charity Meals on Wheels and international charity Facing Africa.

Last year Andrew Keast won Off The Beaten Track, an annual and charitable 50-kilometer ultra-marathon designed to emulate the Marathon des Sables, which the event’s creator, Kenneth Krys ran a few years ago.

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