Pirates Week will come with a heavy helping of revelry and a side of activity.

The bacchanalian holiday will bring the sounds of cannon shot to George Town on Saturday, and will also give local participants a chance to work off the calories both on the road and at sea.

The Pirates Week 5K Run/Walk will be held Friday afternoon, and it will bring more than 100 runners to the downtown streets that will provide the backdrop for Saturday’s celebration. And then, on Saturday morning, there will be a 5K sea swim in the hours before the pirates make their landfall.

The road race, which will start at 5:30pm, will take runners from Bayshore Mall on Harbour Drive, then down South Church Street and back again to finish where they began.

Derek Larner, who will be in charge of timing for the race, said it’s always an exciting event.

“Some of the runners dress up as pirates, but it tends not to happen that much these days,” said Larner of the race, which will take around 18 minutes for the swiftest runners. “As long as I’ve been on island, this has been the start of the festival as people finish up their week of work and head into town.”

The sea swim, being held for the 39th year, is one of the longest-running events of the festival. The race takes place at 7am on Saturday at Governors Beach just one week after the Cayman Islands Triathlon, but it will test the field in different ways.

These swimmers will be going for a three-mile swim in open water, which could take an hour or more depending on their level of skill and fitness. Mona Meade, marketing coordinator for the Tourism Attraction Board, said that Pirates Week wouldn’t be the same without a sporting component.

“A lot of people come down from the States and actually book on CaymanActive on our site. And they actually run the 5K. It’s been around a long time,” said Meade. “We do a lot of these events as fundraisers for charitable organisations. So we’re going to keep that up … It’s just part of what we do to try to continue the legacy that has been built before us and offer something for everyone.”

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