Thousands turn out for DG’s run/walk

More than 1,000 registered runners and walkers took part in the Cayman Islands Deputy Governor’s annual 5K Challenge on Sunday to raise money for a new Health Services Authority ambulance.

Race organizers said they expected that the target $50,000 for the Cayman Heart Fund’s purchase of the $150,000 emergency services vehicle would be met or exceeded once all of the contributions were tallied.

The race’s overall fastest male runner was Dominic Dyer, who ran the 5K [3.1 miles] in 17 minutes and 20 seconds. The fastest female was Kym Bailey, who finished in 20 minutes and 39 seconds.

Among the civil service, the fastest male runner was Peter Davies, 19 minutes and 49 seconds, and the fastest female was Lizzie Berns, 24 minutes and 38 seconds.

“We had a fantastic turnout [Sunday] and great support from the entire community, including our sponsors,” said Deputy Governor Franz Manderson. “While we won’t know the total amount that we have raised for a few days yet, I am confident we are well on our way to helping Cayman Heart Fund buy the ambulance.

“This kind of event shows what we, the people of the Cayman Islands, can do when we all come together. We have benefited the health of our community and helped raise funds for a great cause. Both today and last week on the Brac were extremely good fun, and I thank all who came along.”

The DG’s 5K is in its third year. The inaugural event raised $12,500 for Hospice Care, and last year $50,000 was raised for Cayman Islands Special Olympians.