YES! Everyone in the Cayman Islands can be part of the 2014 OLYMPIC DAY festivities! The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee (CIOC) is thrilled to invite you to participate in the annual OLYMPIC DAY RUN/WALK, a 5k jaunt which will take place on Sunday, 22 June at 7:00a.m. in celebration of Olympic Day.
Olympic Day, held annually on June 23, is celebrated by millions of people in more than 160 countries. Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games, Olympic Day is not only a celebration, but an international effort to promote fitness and well-being in addition to the Olympic ideals of Fair Play, Perseverance, Respect, Friendship and Sportsmanship.
Entry is free, and all those present will receive an event shirt, a certificate of participation, refreshments, and opportunities for performance awards and entered to win random prizes. With over 100 nationalities represented in the Cayman Islands, runners and walkers are invited to promote the spirit of Olympism with costumes, flags or symbols of their particular home countries.
Similar to last year’s celebration the CIOC also invites you to Public Beach to witness some of the local talent in demonstrations organised by their National Sport Federation between 4:00 and 6:00pm. Not only can watch some of our athletes perform, but you will be able to find out more information on the upcoming activities for the youth and development of the sport.
“After a large and successful celebration last year in honour of our 40th Year Anniversary, we have decided to move the Run/Walk portion of this event back into George Town because of the road works in the area of Public Beach,” said CIOC Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Powell. “We have scheduled the run in the morning to beat the heat and encourage all participants to come out to the beach that afternoon to support our budding athletes and learn more about what our National Federations have planned this year.”
The Run/Walk will be the original 5K route, meeting at Truman Bodden Sports Complex for registration between 6:00 and 6:45am, before heading over to Aspiration Dr Way for a start time of 7:00am. The participants will proceed to follow Academy Way, turning right on Walkers Rd, left onto Denham Thompson Way, left onto S Church St to South Sound Rd before turning left onto Walkers Rd back to Academy Way and on to Aspiration Dr to Olympic Way, finishing at the stadium.
Registration prior to race day is encouraged and may be accomplished online through www.caymanactive.com/olympic. The CIOC thanks Andy Bonner for all of his hard work on our website, and continued support of Olympic Day in the Cayman Islands.