Deputy Governor Franz Manderson tied on his running shoes for the fifth annual DG’s 5K Challenge on Sunday, which kicked off on Cayman Brac. The race will be contested in Little Cayman for the first time on Saturday, and it will come to Grand Cayman for a grand finale on April 29.

Mr. Manderson was one of nearly 80 runners who made their way to the finish line on Cayman Brac, and there were competitors of all ages and fitness levels. The race carried a $25 entry fee, and all proceeds will go toward the provision of meals at the island’s Kirkconnell Community Care Centre.

When the race comes to Grand Cayman, it will benefit three deserving causes: Feed Our Future, Cayman Island Meals on Wheels, and the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman’s Buy a Kid Breakfast program.

The Little Cayman edition of the race will raise funds for a primary school “grow box.”

“The 2018 DG’s 5K Challenge got off to a great start on the Brac on Sunday,” Mr. Manderson said. “We had a really good turnout and everybody enjoyed themselves. This is our way of giving back to the community and we are glad to support the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre this year.

“We are now looking forward to the DG’s 5K on Little Cayman next Sunday and then on Grand Cayman the following week. Everybody is welcome to join our fitness and fundraising event, whether you are a slow walker or a fast runner.”

Lizzette Yearwood, chief executive officer of the Health Services Authority, was the fastest woman in the race for the third straight year. Gregley Gayle, an anaesthetic technician for the Health Services Authority, thundered home with the fastest time for all male competitors. Mr. Gayle won the event for the first time.

The DG’s 5K Challenge aims to bring together civil servants, private sector employees and members of the general public in a setting where they can raise money and better their own physical fitness. Mr. Manderson’s vision is to have a healthier, more active and more socially engaged civil service.

The DG’s 5K Challenge will begin and end at the Southern Cross Club on Little Cayman, and the Government Administration Building will serve as the site of the start and finish line on Grand Cayman.