Local runners inspired by Olympic spirit

| 03/07/2012

DSCN0433 (218x300).jpg(CNS): Over 150 competitors came out to compete in the Olympic Day 5K Run recently. Runners and walkers living in Cayman from 28 countries took part in the 3.1 mile road race which started at the Truman Bodden sports complex. Many racers were decked out in colourful attire and carried their country’s flags in celebration of the Olympic spirit. Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris.  The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability. Celebrated all around the world: hundreds of thousands of people – young and old – get moving and participate in sporting activities. 

Over the last two decades, the event has helped to spread the Olympic ideals to every corner of the world. Here in Cayman David Shibli Sr. led the way to the finish first with a time of 19:23 with Leon Barracks close behind grabbing 2nd place in 19:37 minutes and J.P. Hanekom claiming the final men's podium spot in a time of 19:40.

Marlene West who finished 19th overall was the fastest lady of the day, crossing the line in 23:21, while Shelley White clocked a time of 23:41 minutes for 2nd and Lauren Nelson was the 3rd female with a 23:52 posting.

Individual results may be viewed at www.caymanactive.com

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