Kerri Kanuga’s epic ultra-distance bid was looking good as the Cayman Compass went to press Sunday afternoon.
She was running along South Sound around 2:50 p.m. with just about 15 miles to complete the 106-mile run. That follows on her 6-mile swim across North Sound on Saturday morning.
Ms. Kanuga began running the equivalent of four marathons from Barkers to Starfish Point and back just before noon Saturday and had completed around 91 miles by mid-afternoon Sunday.
This gallant effort – aka Ker-a-thon – was all for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for pediatric cancer research. The amount pledged reached more than $13,000, which will go into the foundation’s “Heroes for Hannah” fund, established two years ago to honor 7-year-old Cayman Islands resident Hannah Meeson and other young cancer survivors, including Skylar “Mimi” Ebanks, Tayden Grant, Beau Shields, Annabel Reading and Charli Foster.
Ms. Kanuga celebrated her 45th birthday on Sunday and thought this was a worthy and unique way of marking the occasion.
She was extremely tired on Sunday and had been treated for blistered feet, but she was in good spirits and determined to finish. The Meeson family, including Hannah, dad Nigel, mom Gaylene and her mother Granny June, were alongside Ms. Kanuga to lend their support. Nigel even pushed Hannah in her stroller for a few minutes at one point.
Among Ms. Kanuga’s support team was James Murray, another ultra-distance runner who now lives in Canada and flew in specially to help.
Tatum Jose, the event’s communications coordinator, said, “Kerri is in good spirits although very tired. She really appreciates all the support she is getting from other runners joining her, passersby, and motorists honking.”
Ms. Jose said donations were still coming in, and Ms. Kanuga’s coach Lisa Smith-Batchen offered complementary training for the biggest donation.