Olympic Day showcases talent

The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee is inviting the general public to support its annual Olympic Day run/walk 5k and later a demonstration of various sports.

Last year’s run was in the afternoon from Surfside Bar, Seven Mile Beach and the demonstrations were around the same time. Sports featured included gymnastics, sailing and volleyball.

But this time the run is back to its traditional spot at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, on June 22 at 7 a.m.

Olympic Day, held annually on June 23, is celebrated by millions in more than 160 countries. Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games, Olympic Day is not only a celebration, but an international effort to promote fitness and wellbeing in addition to the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect, friendship and sportsmanship.

Entry is free, and all those present will receive an event shirt, a certificate of participation, refreshments, and opportunities for performance awards and entered to win random prizes.

With more than 100 nationalities represented in the Cayman Islands, runners and walkers are invited to promote the spirit of the Olympics with costumes, flags or symbols of their particular home countries.

Similar to last year’s celebration, the Olympic Committee also invites the public to Public Beach to witness some of the local talent in demonstrations organized by their National Sport Federation between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

It is an opportunity to not only watch athletes perform, but to find out more information on the upcoming activities for the youth and development of the sport.

“After a large and successful celebration last year in honor of our 40th year anniversary, we have decided to move the run/walk portion of this event back into George Town because of the road works in the area of Public Beach,” said CIOC Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Powell.

“We have scheduled the run in the morning to beat the heat and encourage all participants to come out to the beach that afternoon to support our budding athletes and learn more about what our National Federations have planned this year.”

Registration for the run is between 6-6:45 a.m. The CIOC thanked Andy Bonner for all of his hard work on their website, and continued support of Olympic Day in the Cayman Islands.

Registration prior to race day is encouraged and can be done online through www.caymanactive.com/olympic. For additional information, contact the CIOC at [email protected] or on 946-6984.