Shane Delaney, a member of the Mountains and Marathons team, recently returned from Barcelona, Spain, where he completed the Ironman in support of Have A Heart.

Delaney finished the 70.3-mile challenge in a “very impressive” time of 12 hours, 24 minutes, a press release states.

“Ironman Barcelona was a great hit,” said Delaney. “The race itself was well run, and [it] was amazing to be around so many great athletes, especially those overcoming adversities of their own to compete. The swim was a lot colder than I’m used to, thanks to training in the amazing Caribbean Sea here in Cayman, but didn’t hamper me too much. The bike ride was on what is described by other athletes, an ‘undulating’ course, which for me meant some decent climbing.

“The bike route took us along the coast from Calella towards Barcelona city with a small diversion into the countryside which was so beautiful. The run course was flat as a pancake, again along the coast with some sections through the town of Calella. Overall it was a fantastic challenge and experience and one I’m so grateful to have been a part of.”

Meanwhile, earlier this year, Haines completed Cayman’s Off the Beaten Track 50K Ultra Marathon and then traveled to Bolivia, along with Vico Testori and Barry Yetton, and scaled three mountains with a combined height of 57,285 feet.

Other team efforts

In July, Chris Bailey traveled to Lake Michigan to tackle his first Ironman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run). Unfortunately, due to some severe weather, the swim was postponed. However, Bailey is due to travel this weekend to Miami to complete another Ironman 70.3 challenge “to ensure he keep his end of the bargain,” the press release states.

As for Haines, he has been running more than 50 miles each week in preparation for two upcoming marathons: One in Havana, Cuba, in November, and in Cayman in December. Bailey and Delaney will compete in the Cayman half-marathon.

“The race itself was well run, and [it] was amazing to be around so many great athletes, especially those overcoming adversities of their own to compete.”

Have a Heart

The men’s efforts are in aid of Have a Heart. To date, 128 children’s lives have been saved, according to the press release. Have a Heart Cayman Islands facilitates life-saving cardiac procedures for children at Health City Cayman Islands.

The Mountains and Marathons Challenge is a project of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and under the patronage of Governor Helen Kilpatrick.

More than $100,000 has been pledged to date, the press release states.

For more information on the challenge and how to support the effort, visit www.mm4hh.com. All funds raised go to the charity. Participants pay all their expenses and overhead costs.

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