Road runners get a range of racing options in East End this weekend.
This is the fifth consecutive year of the three races: the Halloween 10-10-10 Road Relay, the KRyS Global 30K solo run and the East End 5K fun run/walk, starting and finishing at Morritt’s Tortuga.
“All three races are sponsored by KRyS Global and we are grateful for their financial help and also assistance from its employees as volunteers,” said Derek Larner of organizers Race Caribbean.
The 30K race is used by many Cayman long-distance runners as a pre-marathon warm-up and ideally comes six weeks before the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon.
The race starts at 6 a.m. at Morritt’s, and runners head down the Queen’s Highway toward North Side. They turn left when they reach Frank Sound Road and head south all the way to the end and turn left again onto Sea View Road. Keeping the sea on their right-hand side, runners enjoy the impressive view while continuing through East End and Gun Bay and then complete the 30K when they arrive back at Morritt’s.
Previous winners of the 30K include Caroline Cahill, Scott Ruby, Chadwick Webster, Helki Weber, Dominic Corbin, Julie-Anne Pearson, Andrew Keast and Beth Florek, but no one has ever won this event twice.
Webster is the course record holder in a time of 2 hours, 06 minutes, 58 seconds and the fastest female is Florek in 2:20:44.
The Halloween 10-10-10 goes over the same course as the 30K runners but is run as three legs of 10K per runner.
Similarly, the 10-10-10 relay has also become a warm-up race for those teams participating in the marathon relay.
Last year’s overall winners were the MDRs A-Team (Fabian McCallum, Dominic Dyer and Delano Callender), just ahead of Cronometros (Kevin Connolly, Darrell “DJ” Evans and Marlon Crowe).
The first all-female team was the 3 Ghouls (Roz Glanfield, Jillian Litrenta and Megan Holt), who finished well ahead of former champions MDR Gurls (Tiffany Cole, Kiara McLaughlin and Marlena Williams).
Those who wish to enter must pre-register and can do so either via www.caymanactive.com or go to the registration table set up at Camana Bay between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The 5K starts at 7 a.m. and is ideal for those who prefer to walk or run a shorter distance.
Many participants dress up and there is a prize for the best costume. Last year’s winner, Tahj Lewis, is at university in the U.S. and will not be defending the title, so there will be a new winner this time. Perhaps Amy Grilli will return in her zombie outfit and try to become the quickest female again.
“With the interest shown so far, this year looks like it will be the biggest turnout to date, and we appreciate all those regulars who enjoy and support our events,” said Larner.
“Race Caribbean thanks Willy Giger and all the staff at Morritt’s for their help and support and hosting our event. A huge thank you also to the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps volunteers who will be manning the water stops and providing back up support to the runners.”
Larner also thanked all the other volunteers “because without these people, these running events could not take place.”