Strong turnout for Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson (1), Premier Alden McLaughlin (2) and Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell (4) at the starting line with other runners.

Dignitaries and government officials joined nearly 200 participants from the Cayman Brac community for the 2016 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge.

This year’s challenge aims to raise $50,000 to help the Cayman Heart Fund buy a new ambulance for the people of the Cayman Islands.

A press release states the walkers and runners who set off from the Cayman Brac Museum in the early morning of Sunday, April 17, were joined by Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, Premier Alden McLaughlin, Sister Islands MLA and Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, as well as walkers and runners who traveled from Grand Cayman.

Other notable participants included Chief Officer for District Administration, Tourism and Transport Stran Bodden, Chief Officer of the Ministry of Health and Culture, and co-chair of the DG’s 5K Challenge Committee, Jennifer Ahearn, District Commissioner Ernie Scott, Deputy District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts and Health Services Authority Chief Officer Lizzette Yearwood, who supported the team from Faith Hospital.

Cayman Heart Fund Chair David Dinner was also on hand. The team with the most participants was Faith Hospital with 33 members, scooping the grand prize of a $150 voucher for the Brac Reef Beach Resort. The team from the District Commissioner’s Office, with 18 members, won the second prize $100 voucher to spend at the resort.

The fastest overall male runner on the day was Thomas Jackson and the fastest overall female runner was Lizzette Yearwood.

“We had a fantastic day in the Brac and I thank everybody who came along to help make it such a great community event,” said Mr. Manderson.

“This tremendous turnout has really given us a great start to help us meet our target. The challenge is now to see as many people as possible take part in the event in Grand Cayman next week.”

Registration for the Grand Cayman walk/run takes place in the Government Administration Building on Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entry fee is $20 for ages 14 and older and $10 for ages 13 and younger. Visit for further details.