Jason Saunders retained his title the Healthy Body Healthy Mind 5k Walk/Run on Saturday.
The No.1 Shoe Shop and Winners Circle Sports in collaboration with Asics and the Department of Sports were hard at work for non-profit organizations Hi Tech Track Club and George Town Primary PTA again.
The event has grown to three events on the same morning with a 5k for walkers, a 5k for runners and the new 1 mile primary school race.
The walkers started at 6.30 a.m. While a few set off at brisk pace, many took a leisurely walk on the picturesque route through George Town and onto the waterfront.
Saunders prepared to defend his route record at 7 a.m. along with dozens of other keen competitors in the 5k run.
For the first time at the Healthy Body Healthy Mind race Cayman Timing Systems used their MyLaps chip timing. Race results were immediately available and accurate. The Department of Sports provided the manual back-up timing.
Overall race winner was Saunders with a new route record time of 17 minutes, 25 seconds, followed a minute later by Pedro Lopez and race veteran Derek Larner. Ladies overall winner was Carrie Bedingfield, visiting from the UK, crossing the line at 20:22 followed three minutes later by Tina Mari Mayer and Pat McCullum. Top civil servant male and female were Steve Durksen and Elizabeth Berns respectively.
Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, ran the race again and presented the awards to the top civil servants, donated by the Department of Sports.
All age group winners in the run were awarded medals and the overall winners received an Asics running shoe of their choice. Walkers and runners were treated to random prizes.
In the primary school 1 mile team and individual race John A. Cumber’s team of three girls and two boys produced a winning time of 22:05.
In the girls 1 mile race, Alexie McField of John A. Cumber won, second place went to Marion DaSilva (JACPS), third was Ashley Swaby (JACPS) and Gabriela Hosein of Cayman Prep fourth.
In the boys 1 mile, James Crooks of Red Bay Primary School was the winner, second was Kevin Zuniga (JACPS), third was LeBron McLean (JACPS), and Levi Superville (CIPS) was fourth.
Organizers Merta Day and Chris Goddard were extremely pleased with the numbers at the third staging of the Healthy Body Healthy Mind event and it was the largest to date.
Day, Sports Coordinator Women in the Department of Sports and one of the sponsors, said, “With so much else taking place on island on the same weekend, we thank all who chose our event. Proceeds all go to deserving charities which is swapped each year.”
Goddard said, “The Healthy Body Healthy Mind 5K is taking root in the community and has gone from strength to strength. We are excited to see what the 2015 event will be like, as we already have plans to make it bigger and more exciting.”
The organizers thanked all participants and volunteers who came out for their support, including those who signed up but were unable to participate.
Day organized the technical race details along with coach Kenrick Williams of Hi Tech Track Club.
The organizers thanked Cayman Timing Systems and David Goddard Photography who posted photos on the Winners Circle Sports Facebook page, also CaymanActive and ASICS and World Gym for their donation of prizes.