Fabian McCallum is honing himself to run a leg of the Cayman Islands Marathon next month for the celebrated Middle Distance Runners, coach Derek Larner’s squad of mostly teenage athletes.
McCallum has been running seriously here for five years.
“The satisfaction I gain from running is the feeling of empowerment, strength, motivation and endurance,” he said.
McCallum grew up in Mandeville and Manchester in Jamaica and started running aged 9 in sports day events and local track meets, graduating to the world renowned Champs high school meets.
The 21-year-old telesales rep at Flow Cayman stopped running for about a year after arriving here in 2007 and then started back in annual sports day events at John Gray High School.
In 2011, he joined the Hi Tech Tigers club as a middle distance runner and has stuck with it ever since.
His favorite event in Cayman is Off The Beaten Track because “it’s not your normal road race.”
He added, “It is a unique racing event that challenges me and also tests my sense of direction.”
McCallum ran the first leg of the Halloween 10-10-10 last week for the MDRs, a club he has grown to rely on heavily for his athletic development.
“Training with coach Derek has taught me the value of self respect, discipline, tips on how to pace myself during races and to push myself to the best of my ability,” he said.
He needed plenty of discipline on that Halloween run, strong rains and winds along Queen’s Highway making it difficult for competitors.
When he gets the chance, McCallum plays football and touch rugby for fun and his most satisfying sporting achievement so far is “being able to run a 400 meter race in under 50 seconds.”