Cinco de Mayo gets another high five

The popular Cinco de Mayo 5k returns next week for another celebration of road running skills and Mexican culture at Camana Bay.  

The date, distance and start time are all five related, which is why it starts at exactly 5:55 p.m. on Monday, May 5. 

Coach Jerry Harper of Phoenix Athletic Club, who organized the event, jokingly advises everyone to “wear your sombreros, carry your maracas, lead your Chihuahua and join persons of all ages and abilities as they celebrate the Mexican victory over the French invaders at the Battle of Pueblo on 5 May in 1862. Viva Le Quatro! Viva Le Cinco!” 

Harper added that Chihuahuas and other canine friends of all sizes are welcome. “Ability to speak Spanish and knowledge of Mexican history are not requirements for entry,” he said.  

“Participants arriving on horseback are requested to hitch their mounts in the open area near CNB and Ogier offices. Drivers of stagecoaches and other wheeled vehicles carrying passengers should exercise extreme caution and be aware of the rules while negotiating roundabouts,” he added. 

Andrew Keast, the only Cayman resident to run the Boston race recently, has been invited. 

The Mexican national colors of red, white and green are the featured colors of the day. Sombreros are optional and the attachment of spurs to running shoes will result in disqualification, he added.  

Jason Saunders completed the two circuits of Camana Bay fastest in 17 minutes, 21 seconds last year. Evans Simiyu (18:54), Pablo Brito (19:03), Pedro Lopez Ramos (19:04) and J.P.Hanekom (19:13) rounded out the fab five.  

Senoritas and senoras included Tiffany Cole (21:06), Tracey Walker (22:55), Melissa Lim (23:03), Jacqueline Davis (23:04) and Bridget Kidner (25:04). 

Registration is between 4.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. Performance awards and random prizes will be given out and the entry fee is $15. 

Last year’s No. 5 finisher received cinco bottles of mayonnaise. Finisher number 55 received a commemorative sombrero. Random awards included fiesta-themed items and gift certificates.  

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Tiffany Cole was the fastest senorita last year.

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Andrew Keast is running again after a hiatus. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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