Deputy governor prepares for 5K by getting ‘Off the Couch’

Franz Manderson launched the Off the Couch fitness program Monday evening, ahead of his annual Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge.

Off the Couch is a free weekly walk/run which aims to get people in shape for the 5K Challenge to raise money for the YMCA of the Cayman Islands, according to a government press release.

Held every Monday, the Off the Couch walk/run is open to civil servants, private sector employees and the public.

On Monday, the deputy governor was joined by several walkers and runners, as well as by members of the YMCA, who are planning to build a ropes challenge course to benefit the young people of the Cayman Islands, the release stated.

“This is a fantastic cause and I encourage everyone to come out and get fit for the 5K Challenge in April,” Mr. Manderson said in the release. “For this year’s fundraising event, I have chosen to focus on our youth, and the YMCA is a fine example of an organisation working with the young people in our communities,” the press release said.

To take part in Off the Couch, which is run by the Cayman Islands Government Wellness Committee, participants will meet at the staff entrance to the Government Administration Building on Elgin Avenue at 5:30 p.m. every Monday.

Ropes challenge

According to the release, the YMCA ropes challenge course will provide “an alternative to classroom-style learning in areas proven to increase self-esteem, confidence and team-building skills.

“It provides participants with practical examples of ways to improve communication, awareness of themselves and others, and to gain leadership skills. In addition, the course will allow participants to overcome fears, insecurities, depression, and antisocial behaviour.”

YMCA Chairman Andrew Johnson said, “We are very happy to have our participants and supporters join the Off the Couch program. It will help us all get fit as we join together in our fundraising efforts to build the challenge course for the young people of the Cayman Islands.”

The 5K will be held on Cayman Brac on Sunday, April 23, and on Grand Cayman on Sunday, April 30.

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