The second annual Glow Run 5K attracted 635 registered runners on Saturday, more than double the number that signed up for the inaugural event in 2014.
Participants came dressed in brightly colored costumes, face paint, luminous accessories and flashing lights. The race, hosted by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands and KPMG, started in Camana Bay’s Town Centre, in front of Abacus Restaurant, for a two loop route that took runners to the recycling bins area and then back to the Cayman Islands International School.
People of all ages and fitness levels showed up to walk or run and received a runner’s pack with glow items from sponsors. To ensure that runners received accurate race times, Race Caribbean assisted in getting race bibs containing a timing chip for each runner.
Tobias Muchene defended his title as King of the Glow Run by placing first for the second year in a row in the men’s division. Second and third place in the men’s category went to Samuel Young and Christopher Burke, respectively.
Kym Bailey took home first prize for the female division, with Alta Wolf and Maya Lewis taking second and third place, respectively. Category winners received a round trip flight to Miami, courtesy of Cayman Airways, and an Anytime Fitness gym membership.
Boy’s category top three finishers were Alex Logvinov (first), Kiran Conolly-Basdeo (second) and Karthik Adapa (third). Top three girl’s category finishers were Mikaeyla Dacres (first), Taejah Tatum (second) and Yessin Cardona (third). These boys and girls received Regal Cinema Movie tickets, Book Nook and Atlantic Kids gift certificates and medals from George Town Crafts.
For her Marge Simpson costume, National Conservation Council Chairperson Christine Rose-Smyth won a round trip flight to the Sister Islands in the best costume category.
Get Active participants were awarded the newly added Team Spirit category. Get Active promotes a healthy lifestyle which includes activity in sports and recreation.
Serious competition was not the only priority – the craziest costumes, posing in the KPMG “Glo Hard or Go Home” photo booth, free neon face-painting courtesy of Paradise Pixies, and being covered in environmentally friendly powder and paint when passing through spray stations on the route were among the most entertaining aspects of the race. Flowers Bottled Water and Gatorade kept runners hydrated along the route.
“The National Trust is grateful for the support of our sponsors, partners, volunteers and participants as all funds raised sustain our important programs which focus on protecting Cayman’s unique history and environment,” said Danielle Watler, marketing coordinator for the National Trust. “We are pleased to hear this event being called ‘Cayman’s most “fun” fun run’ by participants and hope to continue to grow this popular event every year.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit the National Trust and YMCA Cayman.