Hundreds hit the turf in Off The Beaten Track

More than 350 runners tackled remote brushland, beaches and rocky terrain Sunday in the Off The Beaten Track 50K ultra-marathon. 

Of the individual runners, David Lim was the winner of the race, in 4 hours, 33 minutes and 27 seconds. He came in 10 minutes ahead of Samuel Young. Scott Ruby was third. 

The team race was won by BDO CRI, made up of Andrew West, Hayden Ibister, JP Hanekom, Conrad Proud, Marius Acker and Mike McDonald. They ran the grueling race in 3 hours, 45 minutes and 13 seconds. 

Helki Weber successfully defended her Off The Beaten Track ladies title, while Katrina McDermot and Kerri Kanuga came in joint second/third.  

In all, 58 teams of six runners each, and 19 individual runners took part. 

The first all-male team to finish was Phoenix Flashers, and the first all-female team was MDR BR Team 2. PWC 6 Pack won the corporate race. 

As its name implies, Off The Beaten Track is an ultra-marathon that takes participants cross country on unchartered routes around Grand Cayman. It is designed to emulate the Marathon des Sables, billed as “the toughest footrace on Earth.” Proceeds from Off The Beaten Track go to Meals on Wheels in the Cayman Islands and the international charity, Facing Africa. 


Andrew West, pictured, was the first across the finish line, running with his team BDO CRI, while David Lim was first individual runner to finish. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES