Love and running are in the air

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about roses and romance – it’s also a chance to hit the road and raise money for a good cause.

The Valentine’s Mile on Sunday, Feb. 14, is a 1-mile course in George Town. This year will mark the fifth staging of the event.

The Valentine's Mile route
The Valentine’s Mile route

The run starts at 4 p.m. on Goring Avenue, heads in the direction of Walkers Road, then takes a right turn down Memorial Avenue, at the end of which runners will take a right onto South Church Street into George Town. Then there’s a final right turn to Warwick Drive and the run finishes at the rear of Bayshore Mall.

Money raised will go to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

“We change the beneficiary each year to ensure event proceeds are shared round various charities,” organizer Derek Larner of event management company Race Caribbean said. “This year, it is the NCVO who will benefit; the staff there do an excellent job caring for many children and families in the Cayman Islands.”

Last year, some 250 people took part in the run, which raised money for the Cancer Society. This year, Larner hopes even more will participate.

“There has been active pre-registration via CaymanActive and direct communication with NCVO,” Larner said. “Most people will enter on the day and the weather can play a significant part in attendance figures.

“That said, with the interest already, I believe more than 300 people will register.”

All participants get automatic entry into a prize raffle. There will be trophies for first, second and third place male and female runners in each age group, with medals for the first 100 finishers in the children’s races.

Registration starts at 2:30 p.m. on the day of the run and closes at 3:45 p.m. The main run begins at 4 p.m., followed by a children’s race for under 10s at 4:30 p.m.

The registration fee is $15 for adults and $5 for under 18s. The children’s race is free. For more details and to register, visit