The inaugural National Trust Glow Run looks set to establish itself as one of Cayman stellar sporting and entertainment attractions.
Considering more than 300 people were attracted to the 5K walk/run that started and ended beside Margaritaville and looped three times through downtown George Town Saturday evening, there is no reason not to expect the numbers to grow exponentially.
Sparkling costumes, face paint, luminous accessories and flashing lights were de rigueur for the “Light up the Night for a Brighter Future” that drew the masses.
Another sponsor, KPMG, provided “Glo Hard or Go Home” stations with free ultra-violet neon face painting.
CUC was the headline sponsor and the company’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Hew participated with wife Sandy and kids Lauren and Harrison.
Top local athlete Tobias Muchene won comfortably, Matthew Volkyn was second and Marlon Crowe third.
Marion Sachin was the fastest female and then Maria Leonce followed by Chelsea Ayala. In the kids division, the boys winner was Harrison Hew and the girls champ was Bijou Forget. Prizes were given to category winners.
But serious competition was not top priority – the craziest costumes, posing in the photo booth and being covered in powder when passing through a spray station on the route, was the most entertaining aspect.
All this to the accompaniment of deejays blasting out cool vibes on a massive sound system raised the party atmosphere.
Fifty CUC water bottles were dispersed in anonymous runners’ packs and a lucky winner found a gift certificate for an Apple TV from Logic Cayman.
Proceeds will benefit the National Trust for the Cayman Islands and Rotaract Blue Cayman Islands.
Danielle Watler is marketing coordinator for the National Trust and was the chief organizer.
Watler said that the glow run idea came from Trust director Christine Pineda who saw them online in the U.S. where they are huge.
“When I saw them too, I just ran with it and concentrated on executing it,” Watler said. “Everyone has said how they enjoyed it and they’ll be back next year. It is so much fun. All the colors and costumes!
“It has huge potential, especially for tourism in Cayman. There is so much growth in this.
“In total, we had 341 participants and we can definitely expect a lot more next year because the reviews have been so positive and the pictures are fantastic.”
Watler gave credit to the Triathlon Association for timekeeping and helping to organize the event and also other sponsors, Flowers Bottled Water, Gatorade and AI Rentals.