The 2017 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge kicked off last weekend on the Brac with an enthusiastic turnout and great weather.

According to a press release, almost 150 people took part in the walk/run on Sunday, April 23, including a number of participants who traveled from Grand Cayman for the fitness fundraiser which this year is aiming to raise $60,000 for the YMCA of the Cayman Islands.

“It was an excellent day, everybody had a good time and it was great to see so many of the Brac community turn out for a good cause, as well as the participants from Grand Cayman,” said Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, who personally led the 5K.

“I am looking forward to the second half of the event next Sunday, and I invite as many people as possible to come and join me.”

The release states that defending overall fastest female champion Lizzette Yearwood, CEO of the Health Services Authority, retained her title from last year, with Gillian Roffey of Grand Cayman placing second and Dr. Trudy Harper-Smith of Cayman Brac in third.

In the men’s category, Stephen Wilson of Grand Cayman placed first, with Rowan McLean of Grand Cayman coming in second and Devin Conolly of Cayman Brac coming in third.

The YMCA will use the money raised to build a ropes challenge course in Grand Cayman aimed at providing practical examples of ways for young people 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 behavior,” the release states.

The Grand Cayman leg of the event takes place on Sunday, April 30. Registration and full details are on www.caymanactive.com/dg5K. Entry is $25 for ages 18 and older and $10 for ages 17 and younger. Registration closes at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 28.

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