David Lim is confirmed as the new king of Off The Beaten Track after winning the 50K event for the second consecutive year.
In the event, participants run along unchartered routes either as individuals or in relay teams of six. Established in 2010 by KRyS Global founder and executive chairman and ultra-marathon runner Kenneth Krys, OTBT maintains its adrenaline-charged reputation in Grand Cayman with a different route every year.
Sunday’s race pitted Lim against last year’s runner-up Samuel Young, who thought he would be good enough to win it this time, but Lim won comfortably. Second was Andrew Keast, a past winner who is back after taking time out. Young finished down the field.
The race took a totally different route this year, starting at Dolphin Cove and finishing this time at the George Town Yacht Club.
Fastest female was Helki Weber, who won for the third year running.
Lim said he was determined to hold onto to his title this year, so apart from training really hard, he ate better and rested appropriately.
On the course, “I ate 12 gels every 25 minutes to keep a steady stream of energy to make sure I didn’t hit the wall,” he said.
He thought the course was more challenging than last year’s because there were more back streets and bushes.
Lim thought that at one point Young was ahead of him when their routes crossed, but the 27-year-old Canadian local law student was actually ahead.
Lim said he is now “committed to an athletic lifestyle in every decision I make.”
He added, “I didn’t go out in the sun in the few days before the race and just rested on the couch and stayed off my feet. All aspects of your life have to stay in that direction.”
Lim went to the world championships a few years ago and wants to get back to competing at that level.
Locally he wants to win all triathlons and continue as champ of Off The Beaten Track, which he said is his favorite event.
“This is an amazing event,” he said. “Last year I had so much fun even though I did not know what to expect. A friend came down from Toronto and we did it together. He had trouble halfway through, so I left him. It’s really enjoyable. Everyone’s excited. Going through all the checkpoints all the teams are there, which boosts your morale. It’s a really good event and well-organized.”