The Cayman Islands national festival will offer plenty of events for local sports people.
Pirates Week starts off with the annual 5K Run on Friday, sponsored by the Ministry of Sports, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning and ending at Bayshore Mall. The course, which spans from Harbor Drive along the waterfront into South Sound and back, is a popular one as last year’s event attracted more than 150 runners – including Derek Larner and Kevin Connolly. Dominic Corbin defended his title as the overall winner and Tiffany Cole was the first woman finisher.
On Saturday, the 5K Sea Swim – sponsored by KPMG – takes place at Grand Cayman Beach Suites from 7:30 a.m. The race, which starts and finishes at beach suites, will feature top American open water swimmer Sean Ryan among the competing field. Last year’s event saw 71 swimmers, with American Emily Brunemann emerging the overall winner.
The Mike Lockwood Memorial International Swim Meet, sponsored by Foster’s Food Fair, takes place at the Lions Aquatic Centre on Nov. 13-16. Swimmers will be in action from 3:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Nov. 15 and from 8 a.m. on Nov. 16. Last year’s event attracted over 150 junior competitors, with a number of national records being broken.
The junior circuit race takes place on Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. in downtown George Town. The race starts and finishes outside Breezes by the Bay and passes through Harbour Drive, Fort Street and Shedden Road. The event caters to two age groups, with the Under-10 division handling two laps and the Under-12 segment tackling three laps.
Wrapping it all up will be the “To Hell and Back” 10K Run, sponsored by Calico Jacks, from 7 a.m. on Nov. 16. Founded by local track coach Jerry Harper, and organized by his Phoenix Athletic Club, the meet normally attracts around 150 runners, who race from West Bay Road to Hell Road in West Bay before looping back. Kevin Guiberson, who was visiting from Seattle, was the 2013 race winner.