Oktoberfest run raises $1,000 for cancer kids

The inaugural Oktoberfest 5K run was successfully staged in Camana Bay on Saturday with $1,000 being raised for cancer research.

Athletes from CrossFit 7 Mile joined forces with Craft Food & Beverage, Waterfront Diner, Mizu, Camana Bay and Anytime Fitness to stage the event.

The 5K course looped around Camana Bay twice, with water stations manned by animated volunteers from the gym. The competition was tight, and the men’s category was won by Stephen Peel, followed by Kim Eckart in second place and Anthony George in third.

The ladies category was won by Joanna Mansi followed by Jill Litrenta in second and Yvonne Lorimer in third. Prizes included two week gym memberships to CrossFit 7 Mile, T-shirts from the gym, gift certificates from Craft Food & Beverage, Dukes, Mizu, Lonestar, Waterfront Diner and Island Naturals Cafe.

CrossFit 7 Mile hopes to make the run an annual event in conjunction with the Oktoberfest celebration and continue to raise more funds for this great cause.

The run’s proceeds will go to St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Hannah Meeson and the Heroes for Hannah initiative.

Hannah, 7, suffered from brain cancer from the age of 4. Her tumors have disappeared and she is currently cancer-free but the harsh reality is that Hannah has only a 5 percent chance of surviving the next five years.

In the past, donations made to the Heroes for Hannah Fund have funded a St. Baldrick’s grant for Dr. Eric Raabe, who is studying medulloblastoma (brain cancer) at John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of experts in the childhood cancer community, to ensure that every dollar received makes the greatest impact for kids with cancer.

CrossFit 7 Mile members are fully supportive of children in Cayman who suffer from cancer.