Burning the turkey

December is a time for great eating. With the memories of Thanksgiving still lurking at the back of the fridge, and the pantry already being stocked for Christmas, few things could be as far from the mind as staying in shape. Fortunately, there are a number of great running events coming up this month.

Things kick off with the big daddy of them all, the Intertrust Cayman Islands Maration on 4 December. Even though it may be too late to enter, the day is a great opportunity to get out and cheer on the intrepid runners as they make their way through George Town and South Sound. Who knows, you might even be inspired to start training early for next year’s edition of the event.

Jingle all the way
The next weekend, there is the Jingle Bell Run/Walk event. Much less taxing than the marathon and half marathon, participating in the event is an excellent way to give back, as this family-friendly 5k and 10k run/walk serves as a fundraising event for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

The centre is a charitable organisation that provides shelter and support for women and children who have suffered domestic abuse and sexual assault. As the only fundraising event the centre holds.

This year’s walk/run takes place on Sunday, 11 December, starting at 7am. Participants may either run or walk the 5k or 10k route. Tiki Beach will once again host the event and the route will run from Tiki Beach to Yacht Drive. Registration is $25 for adults and free for children younger than 12.

After completing the event, participants will receive a complimentary breakfast at the finish, and as has become tradition over the last couple of years, Santa will put in a guest appearance as well.
Donated prizes for children and adults will be raffled after the finish and will include donated children’s gifts as well as gift certificates for local restaurants and hotel stays. Pre-registration will be held on 3 December at Fosters at the Strand and at Cost U Less. Participants may also register online at caymanactive.com.

Dashing through the sand
Few events are as perfect for burning the Christmas turkey as the Dashing through the Sand run down Seven Mile Beach. Traditionally held early in the morning on 26 December, it is a great way to remind yourself that health and fitness does have a place in the Festive Season.

And of course, any excuse for a jog (or stroll) along Seven Mile Beach early in the morning will do. Over the years the event has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike, with many holiday makers returning to the event year after year.

The approximately one and one-half mile distance from the beach north of Hemingway’s Restaurant up to the Tiki Beach House will be completed swiftly by some, and in a more leisurely fashion by a greater number. Depending on conditions on the day, there may be as much splashing as dashing, so shoes are definitely optional.

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism has recognised the charismatic nature of the activity and has undertaken sponsorship of the fun-filled occasion. As from its inception, organisation is provided by the Phoenix Athletic Club and numerous other volunteers.

All entrants receive event shirts displaying an original design by John Broad, and an opportunity for performance and random awards, as well as breakfast.

Entry fee is CI$25, and early registration is welcomed. Entry forms can be downloaded from caymanactive.com, with registration on the day of the event starting at 6.30am under the footbridge in front of the Grand Cayman Beach Suites (the former Hyatt for those who have been around for a while) WH

For more information call 945-3970 or email fatcalves@hotmail.com.

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