Courtis takes it in his stride

Local athletes got a chance to limber up for bigger events before Christmas with the three Stroke & Stride events, which wrapped up last week.  

The final Stroke & Stride last Wednesday evening saw 144 individuals and 18 teams taking part. 

The event winners and overall champions for 2014 were Matthew Courtis for the men and Jane Hale-Smith for the women, with both athletes taking first place in all three events.  

The first event was a 400 meter swim from Sunset House, followed by a 2-mile run, then a 600m swim plus the run the following week, and the last one was an 800m swim and the run.  

Team Asian and Indians – Lauren Hew and Will Edwards – took the final event win as well as the overall event team title. 

Christine Gibbs of race sponsors ASAP said, “Stroke & Stride has always been a fun event for athletes, volunteers and spectators. This year did not disappoint.  

“Seeing so many people enjoying themselves each week is the reason A Step Ahead Physiotherapy proudly sponsors this event. We are already looking forward to next year.” 

With a tough current and choppy waves for the 800m swim, the Waterman Cayman Surf Co.’s water marshals and paddleboarders were crucial in assisting and supporting swimmers. It proved a challenge for many.  

With a 2-mile run to follow, many paced themselves carefully in the water to have the energy to complete the run in extremely hot and humid conditions. 

The weather cooperated for Stroke & Stride, with all the races completed as planned. Thunder at the post-race prize giving did not stop athletes from enjoying the buffet provided by Sunset House.  

The stormy weather also did not stop the physios from sponsors A Step Ahead Physiotherapy working hard each week giving post-race massage and therapy to athletes, staying each week until after 8 p.m. 

Athletes and volunteers were also entered into a post-race random prize draw with prizes from ASAP, Blackbeard’s, Blue Wave, Calypso Grill, Copper Falls, Cost U Less, Craft, Duke’s, Grand Old House, Guy Harvey’s, Living the Dream Divers, Luca, Michael’s Genuine, Ragazzi, Spa Esprit and Sunshine Suites. 

Gibbs said, “We also want to thank CaymanActive who were the platform for online registration and results, EuroCar for providing water and ice and Scott Ruby the PA system.” 

Trevor Murphy, president of the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association, said, “It was another epic Stroke & Stride series. A huge thanks to ASAP for sponsoring the event again this year and congratulations to all that took part, you made it a truly memorable time.” 

The next event in the Triathlon Association calendar is the Tri Training Series, a warm-up series of triathlons that run Aug. 31, Sept. 21 and Oct. 12.  

These are informal training events that increase in distance with the aim of preparing athletes for the main Cayman Islands Triathlon on Nov. 2. There is no registration or fee for this series. Athletes should provide their own water and nutrition as there is limited support, and there is no official timing.  

These events allow athletes to practice their transitions and do as much or as little of the course as they wish. The start is at Seven Mile Public Beach at 6:45 a.m.  

Go to for more information. 


Matthew Courtis is the new Stroke & Stride champ.

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