Runners wanted for CARIFTA baton relay

| 18/03/2010

(CNS): Members of Cayman’s Haitian community will be running the first leg of the CARIFTA Flag and Baton relay as the event will not only mark the opening of the games but will hopefully raise cash for the beleaguered nation. However, organizers are now looking for local teams to carry the baton from George Town to East End in one mile legs.  With the help of these teams the baton will make its way across Grand Cayman to the Truman Bodden Sports complex where the 2010 CARIFTA games will take place. 

A team of Cyclists will receive the baton from the last volunteer team of walkers/runners at Vivine’s Kitchen in East End, and ride to the North Side playing field, where another group of runners will then carry the flag and baton over to Rum Point. 

Olympian Don Mclean will then receive the flag and baton and carry it by sailboat from rum point across the North Sound to Morgan’s Harbour, where it will be handed off to a team of runners who will carry the flag and baton to the home of the CARIFTA Games, the Truman Bodden Sports complex. 

Schools, companies, service groups, churches and other organisations are just teams of friends are being asked to get involved in the fundraising event by forming relay teams that can follow the Haitian Team and cover the more than twenty miles to East End from  George Town .

To participate in the Flag and Baton relay on Saturday 27 March they need to register the team by next Monday 22 March. The event will start at 7am from the Smith Road oval in George Town, and will proceed toward the Eastern districts. Each team will run or walk one mile with the flag and baton before passing it on.

The registration fee is $10 for groups and $2 for children. Registration forms for The CARIFTA Flag and Baton Relay are available on the CARIFTA website at


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