Valentine’s Mile showcases Cayman’s passion for running

Young runners take part in the Kids Race.

Delia Slater

Hundreds of runners hit the road Sunday to take part in the sixth annual Valentine’s Day Mile.

A record number of 430 entrants signed up to participate in one of Cayman’s fastest races over a one-mile course.

For many, the event was a chance to participate in another fun sporting activity in Cayman and at the same time help raise funds for a good cause. However, for others it was an opportunity to compete against themselves to achieve possible personal bests and against other runners.

This fast and furious one-mile sprint race through George Town challenged runners of all levels.

Since its inception, entries into the event have steadily increased, with 250 runners competing last year.

Being such a short-distance event, the competition among the more serious runners was fierce.

The male runners dominated the top spots. First male finisher and overall winner with a Valentine’s Day record time of 4:33:50 was Dominic Dyer. The first female runner home was Tiffany Cole, crossing the finish line in 5:42:60.

Will Edwards finished second in the male category and was second overall, with a time of 4:46:50. Delano Callender finished in third place with a time of 4:51:90.

Other commendable efforts from the male runners included Chadwick Webster and Matt Volkwyn, coming in fourth and fifth, respectively, and with only 0.2 seconds between them.

In second place for the females was Joanna Mansi, finishing in 5:48:30, just 6 seconds behind Cole. In third place, 4 seconds behind Mansi, was 11-year-old Molly Kehoe in a time of 5:51:90.

The event attracted runners of all ages and included a kids run around the block, with all of the young runners receiving finishing medals.

The oldest competitor was Lilian Zucker, 96, from Ohio. She completed the course with her son Darren.

Scott Harrington from sponsor Kirk Freeport was on hand to award the trophies to the overall and age group finishers and to give out prizes raffled at the end of the event.

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

All results from the event are posted at Pictures from the event can be seen at the NCVO Facebook Page.