Runners across the Cayman Islands are training hard for the 41st Annual Fidelity Cross Island Relay, organized by the Hash House Harriers running club, on Feb. 1.
A record 91 teams participated last year and all finished. This fixture in the Caymanian calendar will likely attract more people this year, according to Hash House Harriers spokesman Paul Schreiner, as teams have already begun signing up.
“The participation in 2014 exceeded our expectations,” he said, “Each year we are continually impressed by the solid turnout, and this year we anticipate we will see the greatest number of entrants ever.”
The race begins at 6 a.m. near Collier’s Beach in East End and finishes at Smith’s Cove in South Sound, with awards presented there at 10 a.m.
Trophies will be awarded to the first five teams in the Open division, the first three teams in the Ladies Only division, and the first three teams in the Corporate division, where all six runners must work at the same company.
Teams are made up of six runners who each run a 4-mile leg.
Red Cross volunteers will provide water at the halfway mark on each leg, and there will be refreshments at Smith’s Cove. Teams are required to provide water for their runners at the end of each leg.
Fidelity’s Tom Gammage said the firm is delighted to again be part of such a popular annual activity, working alongside the Hash House Harriers. “We are encouraged by the amount of support we get year after year,” he said. “While the competition is fierce when it comes to winning that coveted Fidelity Cross Island Relay Champions trophy, people are also paying more attention to their health and becoming more active. That is what is most important.”
The event is limited to 100 teams, so groups are encouraged to pre-register.
Pre-registration is available by logging onto http://www.caymanactive.com/register. Packet pick up and in-person registration is between midday and 4 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the base of the Observation Tower in Camana Bay. There will be no registration on the day of the event. To learn more about the Fidelity Cross Island Relay, visit www.caymanhash.com or email [email protected]