The Fidelity Fun Run Series returns next month and as always, it will attract runners of all ages and abilities – as well as plenty of four-legged friends.
This eagerly anticipated annual 2-mile race series is set for Sept. 5, 12 and 19.
The Fidelity runs appeal to a broad spectrum. From elite athletes and weekend warriors, to pram pushers and the most energetic dogs on leashes. The series is designed to foster community spirit and get people involved and active.
As in past years, the race loop begins on Walkers Road, opposite John Gray High School, onto South Church Street and finishes on Denham Thompson Way. While the route remains the same, there have been some changes made to the registration process this time.
The series is now free for participants ages 15 and under, while for others, the full series is $25, with individual races $10.
Registration for the full series can only be done online at www.caymanactive.com, whereas registration for individual races can either be done online through Cayman Active or in person on race day.
Race day registration will, however, close at 7:15 a.m. in order to ensure that the races start promptly at 7:30 a.m. Entrants registering on the day should get there as early as possible. Race Caribbean will be providing the chip timing and race results.
The Fidelity Group has been the title sponsor for many years. Fidelity’s Tom Gammage is a keen runner and always enters along with his family. He said, “Exercise is important. We know that. Our aim is to get people motivated to lead healthier lifestyles.
“The Fidelity Fun Run Series has done just that. We have seen the number of participants increase each year and recognize the positive impact these races have had on individuals and families.”
As well as the fun aspect, the races are always extremely competitive. The elite athletes use this series as training runs for forthcoming bigger events. The prizes are attractive too. Last year’s champ was Dominic Dyer, and Tiffany Cole was the fastest female.
Dyer, who is only 16, was a CARIFTA 3,000-meter bronze medalist at Easter. He won the first two Fidelity races and came second to Dave Walker in the final run. Cole comfortably won all her three races.
Contenders to challenge Dyer if he enters will be Walker again, past winner Marius Acker, the ever improving Tahj Lewis, Delano Callender, Toby Muchene, Hayden Ibister, Neal Ainscow and Marlon Crowe Jr. whose father pushed a stroller last year.
Super-fit triathlete Jane Hale-Smith only managed to run the first race in the series last year but she could be champion if she enters all three. Julia Storrer and Kym Bailey were second and third respectively last year and they too are fast enough to be champs. Kiara McLaughlin and Joanna Mansi are also potential female winners.
Awards are given based on aggregate scores over the series, with ties decided on the head–to-head record.
There are trophies for the top three male and female points winners overall, the top three male and female points scorers in each age group division plus the top three in the pram and pet divisions.