The Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge returns for its third year, taking place on Sunday and benefiting the Cayman Heart Fund.
Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Miss Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks are registered to take part, as well as people from across the civil service and private sector. This includes event gold sponsor firms such as EY, Appleby, Butterfield and Dart, which all have large contingents of walkers and runners taking part.
“This event brings together the entire community – civil servants, colleagues from the private sector and members of the public – for a great cause,” said Manderson. “Not only is this a fitness initiative, but it is also raising money to help Cayman Heart Fund buy a new ambulance for the people of the Cayman Islands.”
The new ambulance will be operated by the Health Services Authority and used as a back-up for the emergency fleet. The event aims to raise $50,000 to go towards the ambulance, which is likely to cost $150,000. As well as utilizing race registration profits, donations to the cause are also welcome.
The DG’s 5K has raised an impressive amount of money for local causes over its three-year existence. The first DG 5K in 2014 raised $12,500 for HospiceCare’s new building, and $50,000 was raised last year for Special Olympics Cayman Islands, which went towards the team’s attendance at the Special Olympics Games World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
There are two events taking part within the 5K Challenge; a Fun Run or Walk beginning at 6:30 a.m. and a timed race beginning at 6:45 a.m. Both begin and end at the Government Administration Building. The route will head east to Huldah Avenue before turning back towards central George Town and heading down Walkers Road, across Melmac Avenue and up South Church Street. The last stretch cuts down Fort Street and Edward Street before finishing back at the Government Administration building.
Awards will be given in multiple categories in the Timed Race section, and there will be a plethora of prizes up for grabs for those taking part in the Fun Run/Walk. Prizes include three-month gym memberships, movie tickets, gift baskets and yoga sessions and gift certificates for restaurants, dry cleaning, brunch, staycations and spa treatments.
At the Brac
Cayman Brac enjoyed their DG’s 5K Challenge on April 17, with participants walking and running from the Cayman Brac Museum to the Cat Boat Plaza and back.
“We already had a big turn-out on Cayman Brac last weekend for the first part of the event and we look forward to seeing a huge crowd in Grand Cayman this Sunday,” said Manderson. “The ambulance will benefit everyone in the Cayman Islands so I want to encourage everyone to come and be a part of this and help us hit our fund-raising target of $50,000.”
Several hundred have already registered for the event, with many more expected to sign up, and final numbers are anticipated to be in excess of a thousand participants.
Final registration for the challenge takes place on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Government Administration Building. Entry fees are $20 for ages 14 and older, and $10 for children 13 and younger and can be paid by cash or check payable to the Cayman Islands Government with memo “DG5K Challenge for Cayman Heart Fund.”
A registration form must also be completed. Challenge T-shirts will be available at registration while supplies last.