Registration opens Tuesday for DG’s 5K Challenge

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, YMCA Executive Director Gregory Smith and YMCA Deputy Chairman David Watler unveil the 2017 DG’s 5K Challenge logo. (Photos by Catherine MacGillivray, GIS)

Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 14 March for the 2017 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge being held in April.

This year, registration will be online for the first time to make it simple for walkers and runners to sign up for the event.

“Registration is very easy on the Cayman Active website and I urge everyone to sign up for what is promising to be our best DG’s 5K Challenge yet,” said Deputy Governor Franz Manderson.

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson registers for this year’s DG’s 5K Challenge.

Limited edition t-shirts will be available for pick-up prior to the event and there will also be early-bird prizes for the first few people who register online.

Now in its fourth year, the annual walk/run led by Mr Manderson aims to raise $60,000 for the YMCA of the Cayman Islands to build a ropes challenge course. The facility will provide an alternative to classroom-style learning in areas proven to increase self-esteem, confidence and team-building skills.

It will also give participants practical examples of ways to improve communication, awareness of themselves and others, and to gain leadership skills. In addition, the course will allow participants to overcome fears, insecurities, depression, and anti-social behaviour.

“The YMCA does fantastic work with the young people in our community so I challenge everyone to register for the DG’s 5K and take part in the walk/run, which is great fun as well as raising money for a great cause,” said Mr Manderson.

The 2017 DG’s 5K Challenge begins at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, 23 April at Cayman Brac Beach Resort, and at 6.30 a.m. on Sunday, 30 April at the Government Administration Building, Elgin Avenue, Grand Cayman. The event is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. (GIS)


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