Stroke and Stride will crown new champ in Acker’s absence

The annual Cayman Island Triathlon Association Stroke and Stride will have a new champion because Marius Acker, four times winner, is working in Europe when the series starts next month.

Matthew Courtis is likely to be a contender, as will Darren Mew and Jon Roney if they enter. Jody McFarland won the women’s race last year.

The three-part Stroke and Stride series is sponsored by A Step Ahead Physiotherapy and hosted by Sunset House on South Church Street.

A unique multi-sport event, the athletes first take to the ocean off Sunset House for a swim that increases in distance each week, followed by a two mile out and back run towards Red Bay, finishing back at Sunset House.

The swim distance progresses from 400 meters to 600m and finally 800m. Teams are also welcome to enter.

The series is open to all ages and abilities and it is a great opportunity for those with a competitive edge or anyone just looking for some exercise, fun and socializing.

Supporters will have great fun too, the sight of more than 100 swimmers taking off around the marked course is quite spectacular, the air is filled with adrenalin and the setting is idyllic.

The series runs on Wednesday evenings of Aug. 6, 13 and 20, starting at 5.45 p.m each time.

Following the final race, there will be prizes and a random raffle open to all entrants.

A Step Ahead Physiotherapy also provide on-site physiotherapists to help ease sore muscles.

Online registration is now open via www.triathlon.ky/stroke-and-stride or www.caymanactive.com.

The cost is $15 per race or $35 for the series for individual participants and $25 per race/$60 for the series for teams.

Registration will also be available at Sunset House on Aug. 5 from 5.30-7 p.m.

All proceeds from the event are donated to Cayman HospiceCare who provide comfort and care to people with terminal illness and support for their loved ones.

Christine Gibbs, owner of A Step Ahead Physiotherapy said, “A Step Ahead Physiotherapy is thrilled to sponsor Stroke & Stride for a second year. It’s such a popular event and great to see not only competitive athletes but recreational athletes take part as well.

“Last year was a huge success and we are looking forward again this year to helping organize an event which will benefit such a worthwhile cause, Cayman HospiceCare.”

Gibbs said that one of the unique things about the series is that it draws a huge crowd of spectators.

“The Cayman Islands Triathlon Association is extremely excited to partner again this year with A Step Ahead Physiotherapy in presenting the Stroke & Stride series,” said Johann Prinsloo, this year’s race director.

“Last year was a great success and we look forward to building on that.”

He added that Stroke and Stride has become synonymous over the years with Sunset House and they are grateful to continue that tradition. Prinsloo said, “We’re looking forward to seeing all our familiar swimmers and runners out there and encourage everyone who hasn’t tried it before to make 2014 the year.”

This event would not be able to run without the help of a dedicated group of volunteers who help with marshalling, aid and refreshment stations and ensuring the safety of the course.

Anyone wanting to become a volunteer should contact [email protected]

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