Elian to donate triathlon proceeds to Cancer Society

The Cayman Islands Triathlon Association and Elian, the main sponsor of this year’s triathlon, have named the Cayman Islands Cancer Society as the beneficiary of this year’s event. 

The Cayman Islands Triathlon starts at Public Beach on Sunday, Nov. 1, with three race options: 

Individual Olympic distance: 1,500 meter swim, 40 kilometer bike, 10k run 

Individual sprint distance: 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run 

Team Olympic relay: two- or three-member teams. 

Colin MacKay, group director of Elian, a corporate and fund services specialist, said, “Giving back to the communities in which we live and work has long been a core value of Elian and its employees. 

“We are proud to be able to make a lasting difference to the lives of people affected by cancer, both directly and indirectly.” 

Triathlon Association race director Paul Schreiner said, “I’m delighted Elian has chosen such a worthy cause for our 2015 partner charity. 

“We look forward to being a part of helping the Cancer Society achieve its aims.” 

As a registered not-for-profit, each year the Triathlon Association raises funds to cover both the cost of the triathlon and to make a contribution to a local charity. 

The ultimate goal of the association is to help provide financial support to Caymanian athletes participating in overseas triathlons and ideally to provide a young Caymanian with a sporting scholarship. 

“Our annual triathlon, now in its 19th year, is an important community event on many levels,” Schreiner said. “Triathlon promotes a lifestyle of health and fitness. It encourages dedication and provides participants – either first timers or seasoned triathletes – with a goal for which to aim.” 

He added, “We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of companies such as Elian, but to accomplish all this we still need to secure more sponsorship, and so I encourage Cayman’s business community to reach out to us to help us achieve these goals.” 

Jennifer Weber, operations manager of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, said, “Without the support of the community we simply could not continue to fund the vital services we provide for local families. 

“A donation such as this will make a difference. I encourage the Cayman community to sponsor this race, to participate in it or to show your support by coming along to watch and cheer on the day.” 

The Cayman Islands Triathlon Association has in the past helped Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Little League Association, the CAYS Foundation and Cayman HospiceCare. 

For more information, go to: www.triathlon.ky or contact [email protected] 

The Cayman Islands Triathlon is on Nov. 1. - PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

The Cayman Islands Triathlon is on Nov. 1. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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