Road running goes to East End with three events organized by Race Caribbean this weekend.
This Sunday will be the fourth year of the 30k solo run, the Halloween 10-10-10 and the 5k fun run/walk, a huge challenge for Race Caribbean director Derek Larner.
The 30k solo run starts at 6 a.m. from the new venue of Morritt’s Resort and heads down the Queen’s Highway, turning left on to Frank Sound Road. Runners head south until Sea View Road and take a left again. The route runs through East End, Gun Bay and finishes back at Morritt’s. Those who complete the 30k will earn the “shoe” trophy.
The Halloween 10-10-10 relay starts alongside the 30k and runs the same route, except it is divided into three legs of 10k, hence the name.
Both the 30k and relay are ideal preparation for those participating in the Cayman Islands Marathon, Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay in December, as many runners and teams use this event as race pace practice, Larner said.
Because of the early start, entries for both the 30k and 10-10-10 relay must be made beforehand, either via www.caymanactive.com, or at the pre-registration table beside the Discovery Centre at Camana Bay on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phoenix Athletics club have won three consecutive years and are favorites again.
The 5k fun run/walk starts at 7 a.m. and is probably the only 5k race in that part of Grand Cayman, Larner said.
“We would like to encourage more East Enders to come out and enjoy the fun whilst improving their health.”
He added that the weather is predicted to be very wet but that should not discourage entrants because, when dry, the race is unbearably hot towards the end.
Last year’s 30k male and female winners were Dominic Corbin and Julie-Ann Pearson. Both now live abroad so a new champ is guaranteed. Paul Williams won the 5k last year but could get a stern test if Leon Barracks enters.
Chadwick Webster holds the 30k record from two years ago and, if he enters, is not likely to be tested for victory.
Runners start at Morritt’s and head towards Tukka restaurant, turn around and return to finish at Morritt’s.
“If your partner is running in the longer event, why not get involved yourself whilst waiting and enter the 5k,” Larner said. “We will accept entries on the day for the 5k.”
The entries received so far suggest that all three races will have more participants than previous years.
“These races may not have been possible but for the generous sponsorship from Krys Global,” Larner said. “We thank them for ensuring these races go ahead this year.”
He also thanked Morritt’s for hosting after having to change venue from The Reef Resort nearby at the last minute.