Off The Beaten Track reaches seventh heaven

Cayman’s athletes will soon be getting ready for one of the most grueling athletic events in the 2016 sporting calendar, Off The Beaten Track. 

Off The Beaten Track, set for Feb. 21, is an annual, charitable 50K ultramarathon designed to emulate the Marathon des Sables. 

It leads participants on an uncharted route through tropical bush, sandy beaches and the back roads of Grand Cayman. 

With registration now open, this unique marathon experience offers challenging options for the seasoned individual runner. Relay teams of six can also participate running, on average, 8.5K each. 

David Lim won the race this year and Helki Weber was the women’s winner. Andrew Keast is a past winner and will be one of the race favorites if he enters next year. 

Entry to the race costs US$300 for a relay team and US$100 for individuals. However, participants can benefit from significantly reduced rates by signing up before Jan. 7. 

Off The Beaten Track annually supports an international charity, Facing Africa, and a local charity, Meals on Wheels. Facing Africa is an established charity dedicated to helping children in Nigeria and Ethiopia affected by NOMA, a deathly infection affecting the face. With an average mortality rate of 90 percent, this curable disease is suffered primarily by children under the age of 6 caught in a vicious cycle of extreme poverty. The local charity, Meals on Wheels operates with the intention that no senior citizen in the Cayman Islands will go hungry or experience social isolation. 

Anna Keating is the OTBT race director and marketing manager at KRyS Global. She said, “Both charities resonate with our mission by supporting disenfranchised and vulnerable individuals who have not had the opportunities to have access to what we usually take for granted. 

“We hope the money raised from Off The Beaten Track will enhance the lives of individuals, both at home and away.” 

Established in 2010 by KRyS Global founder and ultramarathon runner, Kenneth Krys, Off The Beaten Track continues to maintain its adrenaline-charged reputation in Grand Cayman. “From humble beginnings, Off The Beaten Track has become one of the premier running events in Cayman,” he said. “Each year this event gets bigger and better, and 2016’s event, our seventh year, will be no different. 

“If 2015 is any indication, we can anticipate over 400 runners racing in teams or individually, demonstrating the increasing popularity of this ultramarathon and the island’s reputation as a world-class sporting destination.” 

Krys encouraged the community to get involved, either by sponsoring, participating or volunteering on race day. 

“Following on the heels of the Intertrust Marathon and the Cross Island Relay, the race also offers great sponsorship opportunities for both local and international organizations and the chance to partner with one of the most unique and challenging endurance events on the Cayman sports calendar.” 

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Helki Weber
Helki Weber is the women’s champ. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED