Valentine's Mile is loved by all

Runners who enjoy a little romance in their lives get an opportunity to indulge both passions in Sunday’s Valentine’s Mile walk/run. 

The fourth staging of the event starts at Bayshore Mall at 4 p.m. Proceeds go to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. Entry is $15 for adults and $5 for teens. There will also be a free Under-10s fun run afterward. 

Race organizer Derek Larner of Race Caribbean said he hopes to improve on the numbers from previous years which have been between 250 and 350.  

“With this being just a couple of weeks since the Stride Against Cancer event, the charity is still on people’s minds and hopefully will attract many of those who did it to also run this one,” Larner said.  

Jennifer Weber, operations manager of the Cancer Society, said the need for the charity’s services increases every week, so “the need for resources increases each week as well.” 

“It’s just one mile,” she said, “so that’s a manageable distance for just about everyone, and I love that the theme is love. During Stride, we ask people to participate in honor or in memory of someone they love and the message for this event is the same. You can do this event with someone you love, for someone you love, or simply with lots and lots of love in your heart for everyone.” 

Larner expects the stars from the Middle Distance Runners group, teenagers he coaches, to be the fastest this time.  

“I believe Tahj Lewis is favorite for the male title, with Tiffany Cole for the ladies. That said, there are often speedy visitors entering the local races and performing well.”  

Larner has not heard of any romantic incidents in previous Valentine’s Mile events but “maybe this year could be the first time for a marriage proposal.” 

The kids’ race is scheduled for 4.30 p.m. There are medals for the finishers.  

“The aim is to get all the family involved,” Larner said. “When you give a young child a medal, it can have an incredible impact on them for a while afterwards. It is not a set distance but about 400 meters. Kids run around the outskirts of the car park and finish under the main finish line.” 

Larner thanked sponsor Scott Harrington of Kirk Freeport and Tag Heuer as the timing sponsor.  

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Tahj Lewis is the race favorite. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD
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