June is one of the busiest months for sports events in the Cayman Islands, before things start to wind down for the summer.
Many people are trying to get trim for a beach body shape and there are plenty of activities to help them tone up and improve their levels in whatever sport they prefer.
The first big event is the KPMG & National Trust Glow Run 5K at Camana Bay on Saturday, from 7 p.m. Last year’s inaugural staging of this event was well attended with around 400 entrants.
Word of mouth is the best advertisement for any function, and that certainly happened because the overwhelming response to this year’s event is forecast to have the maximum of 700 entered.
Runners register online by Wednesday at www.nationaltrust.org.ky. It costs $35 for adults and $25 for kids, which includes runners’ pack and glow items. There are prizes for the wackiest costume, and the company that displays team spirit in the most creative way.
Many of the glow run’s fastest runners will feature the next day in the Genesis Trust Duathlon at Grand Harbour, from 7 a.m.
That event also grows annually, and also so many more locals are becoming multi-event competitors. It involves a 2-mile run, followed by a 12-mile bike and then another 2-mile run.
Pedro Lopez Ramos won it for the first time last year, but newcomer Ben Creasey is in the best form, and former champ Marius Acker is still not easy to beat.
Arwen Lawson won the female race again last year, and if she enters, she will be the firm favorite. Gill Comins, Justine Plenkiewicz, Michelle Bailey and Jody McFarland are always top finishers and are likely to be vying for a podium place too.
Track and field kids will compete in the national championships at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday from 4 p.m.
Next, it’s the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim on June 13, one of the biggest events of any kind in Cayman. Some 900 entrants will swim along the shores of Seven Mile Beach in the world’s richest open water race. More than $100,000 in prizes and giveaways are on offer for participants of all abilities, from beginners to world record holders and Olympians.
The Flowers International 5K and 10K sea swims are on June 15 for the endurance athletes.
Triathlon’s growing appeal is partly down to the annual Try This Tri, also on June 15. It introduces anyone interested in triathlon’s disciplines of swimming, cycling and running in short distances. It is at Camana Bay from 6:30 a.m. and open to kids as well as adults.
Then it’s the Fathers’ Day 5K Walk/Run on June 20.
Cycling had a busy month throughout May, and racing resumes on June 21 with the Cayman Championships Individual Time Trial. Michele “Mitch” Smith, Jerome Ameline and Steve Abbott are usually the fastest in the field.
The same day there is a TRX and kettleball conditioning session with Ford Fitness.
The annual Olympic Day and 5kK Run/Walk is on June 27, organized by the Olympic Committee.
The cyclists stretch their legs with the Cayman Championships 60 Mile Road Race on June 28.
The CUC Track and Field Championships are on the same day at Truman Bodden.
In addition to these one-offs, there are weekly activities such as the Tuesday Night Running Boot Camp at the Camana Bay field from 6 p.m. and the Wednesday Night Running Club from World Gym behind Queens Court Plaza from 6 p.m.