Nearly 2,000 people took part in Sunday’s Stride Against Cancer walk/run, the largest number by far to participate in the Cancer Society fundraiser to date, which included a timed half-marathon and a 10K in four locales across the islands.
Chadwick Webster was the half-marathon winner in a time of 1:27:52, followed by Matt Volkwyn (1:31:01) and DJ Evans (1:31:21). Tom Gammage was fourth, coming in at 1:33:23.
Among the women, top finisher was Rebecca Wall in a time of 1:44:10. Joanna Mansi was a very close second, despite feeling unwell, in 1:45:23, Sofia Torres was third, in 1:48:27.
Torres said her bib number 128 was very significant to her because she was running in memory of her good friend who passed away from cancer on Jan. 28, just days before the event.
Any running event in Cayman would not be the same now without the presence of Nikki Christian and her team. Team Nikki’s Voice. Christian, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was accompanied by training and race partner Scott Ruby. They crossed the finish line in 1:44:27 – 16th out of the 103 participants.
In addition to the competitive runners in the half-marathon, families, some with children in strollers, joined the shorter run/walk.
The 10K route went from Public Beach to The Wharf restaurant and back – the same route as the half-marathon, just half the distance. In addition to the Seven Mile Beach locale, Strides took place in North Side, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Aid stations are always lively and fun, and on Sunday, the volunteers at the Kirk Office Equipment water stand were dressed up in office-themed costumes, such as pencils and crayons, as they cheered on the runners. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America water stand had a photo booth for walkers and runners to take a break and have their picture taken.
Another fun feature this year was the selfie wall. This was a great hit as people were lining up to take selfies at the location beside the post-event activities area. There were also a number of spot prizes which were drawn using participants’ bib numbers.
As an additional boost, local students took part in the School Stride in many of Grand Cayman’s schools during the week prior to the main event.
All of the money raised from the Stride event goes to support the programs of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
Photographs of the finishers for the half-marathon, 10K and walkers and joggers along the route can be found on the Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s Facebook page. Viewers are welcome to tag any photo they see or download and save for themselves.