Matthew Courtis has the proverbial target on his back.
The annual Cayman Island Triathlon Association Stroke and Stride series heads into its second week with Courtis as the overall leader. Courtis was first overall in the opener last Wednesday in 17 minutes and four seconds. He was followed by Stuart Bray, 19.37, and DJ Evans, 20.03. Jane Hale-Smith was the first woman to finish, out of a field of roughly 120 athletes, placing ninth overall at 21:00. Kate Macpherson was the second woman home at 22.17, followed by Nadine Gray at 22.23.
The second race will take place on Aug. 13 from 5:45 p.m. Competitors will first take to the ocean off Sunset House on South Church Street for a 600 meter swim, followed by a two mile run towards Red Bay that finishes back at Sunset House. The series is open to all ages and abilities and teams are welcome to enter.
For 2014 there is added hype because a new champion will be crowned as the previous four-time winner, Marius Acker, is working in Europe.
The series is sponsored by A Step Ahead Physiotherapy. The last race takes place on Aug. 20 and features a 800m swim. The cost is $15 per race for individual participants and $25 per race for teams. All proceeds from the event are donated to Cayman HospiceCare.