Stride Against Cancer stages 10th run on all three islands

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society celebrates the 10th anniversary of its premier fundraising event, Stride Against Cancer, on Sunday.  

The Nationwide Stride Against Cancer will be held on all three islands again this year, with 10K and half-marathon course options for runners and walkers alike.  

The 10K races start at 7 a.m. On Little Cayman, the race starts at Southern Cross Club; on Cayman Brac, the start is from the Brac Reef Resort; and on Grand Cayman’s North Side, it is from Old Man Bay boat dock. At Seven Mile Beach Public Beach, the half-marathon starts at 6 a.m., and the 10K event starts at 7 a.m. 

Jennifer Weber, the Cancer Society’s operations manager, said, “There have been many changes through the years and the event has grown year after year since its humble start in 2005.” Weber says it’s among the bigger walk/races in Cayman. 

To mark the 10th anniversary, this year whoever turns up at each Stride event with the oldest Stride T-shirt will win a prize.  

Local companies have signed up their own teams for the event, including UBS and Scotia Bank who are vying for position, Ms. Weber said. “It’s a good-natured corporate challenge, but it’s seriously competitive.”  

The Cancer Society this year also put on radio commercials, including some featuring personal messages from president of the University College of the Cayman Islands Roy Bodden and young cancer survivor Charli Foster and her dad Woody Foster. Participants in the event can dedicate their walk/run to a loved one who has passed away or has survived cancer, and Charli asks in the ad, “Who will you Stride for?” 

Among the sponsors this year are Foster’s, Progressive, Z99, Rooster, Maples, KRyS Global, CL Flowers and Sons, and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. 

“This event is so big, there are many more generous companies and people who donate and make it possible for us to raise money from this massive event,” Ms. Weber said. 

For details and to register, visit www.cics.ky. 

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