Cayman racers begin Stroke and Stride series

Swimmers line up to get in the water at Wednesday's Stroke and Stride event. - PHOTO: Johann Prinsloo

The first leg of the Ogier Stroke and Stride series went off without a hitch on Wednesday, when 126 finishers managed the rigours of a 400-metre swim off Sunset House, followed by a two-mile run.

The race – the first of three Stroke and Stride events in August – drew a much larger crowd than last year, said race director Johann Prinsloo. The race started at 5:45pm, and it was completed well before the evening rains drenched George Town hours later.

“The conditions were perfect,” said Prinsloo. “We had really smooth conditions in the ocean which is always the concern for us. Then there was the normal heat and humidity that people had to deal with, but that’s nothing new. Everything went smooth from an organisational standpoint.”

Marius Acker was the top finisher for the men, completing the course in 18:43.6.

Kyra Rabess was the fastest woman at the Stroke and Stride, finishing her race in 21:08.4.

All proceeds from the Stroke and Stride events will go to the Special Needs Foundation Cayman.

“The winner is determined over the course of the three races,” said Prinsloo of the series. “We allocate 10 points based on the first 10 positions at each of the races. And then at the end of the three weeks, we tally it all up and the person with the most points is announced as the winner.”

The second leg of the Stroke and Stride will be held on 14 Aug., and the series will conclude on 21 Aug.

Once the three races have concluded, awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers, as well as to the top male, female and mixed teams.