Race lands on Little Cayman for first time

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, second from right, jogs to the finish line alongside some of the Little Cayman runners.

The Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge made a splash in its Little Cayman debut on Sunday, as nearly half of the island’s population signed up for the event.

More than 60 people registered and 45 people participated in the event, which raised money for a “grow box” at the island’s two-student school.

George Weston from Harneys law firm won the Little Cayman race. Mr. Weston has been working in Cayman since the company’s offices in the British Virgin Islands were hit by a hurricane last year. Little Cayman residents Stafford Ambersley and Ian Crocker took second and third place, respectively.

“We had a great time on Little Cayman, with an amazing turnout for our debut there,” said Deputy Governor Franz Manderson of the initial DG’s 5K Challenge. “As our focus is on wellness and nutrition this year, it’s fitting that the children learn how to grow their own vegetables.”

Chocolate croissants were served at the race’s mid-way point, and a few participants experienced a brief delay when a plane crossed the race route. The final leg of the DG’s 5K Challenge will take place Sunday on Grand Cayman. Fees are $25 for ages 18 and older and $10 for ages 17 and younger.

Race beneficiaries will include Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels, Feed Our Future, and the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman’s Buy-a-Kid-Breakfast program.

“The 5K on Little Cayman [on Sunday], and Cayman Brac last weekend, have built up anticipation for the big event next Sunday on Grand Cayman,” said Mr. Manderson, “I’m looking forward to being joined by many people in the community for the 2018 DG’s 5K finale.”

From left, Stafford Ambersley, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, race winner George Weston and Ian Crocker pose together at the DG’s 5K Challenge on Little Cayman.

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