For most the idea of a Caribbean cruise would entail anything but running multiple 5K races, and half marathons across. However for 150 passengers on the “Fun Run Cruise’ did exactly that.
They started off in Florida, where each person was given a chance to choose between a charity fun run, a half marathon, or a 5K. Following the races they then loaded aboard the ship and began what would be Island hopping for the next 7 days.
Yesterday the group docked up in Ocho Rios, Jamaica where they ran a 5K race that took them up mountainous terrain. Today (February 17) the group descended upon Hogsty Bay, Grand Cayman.
Rhonda Kelly, the CEO of Kelly Holdings Ltd., puts on the Cayman Islands Marathon each year. She told Cayman 27 it was a pleasure to help organise the event in Cayman. She believes the race is a step in the right direction for Cayman’s overall tourism product.
“I think it’s great for sports tourism, which I know Cayman is really trying to build up, plus it allows people come here and experience the island in a different way,” said Ms Kelly.
It seems that objective might have been realised. Cayman 27 crews interview a few runners who all unanimously said they would return to Cayman, and stay longer during their next visit.
“Is water wet? Yes! Yes I will be coming back, definitely probably this year,” said May Achi, one of the runners.
Craig Newton is the main organiser of the Fun Run Cruise and says each year they have several repeat visitors.
He told Cayman 27, “We’ve got some new ones this year but we’ve got a lot of veterans for the run for fun cruise and we really like that because for the people that are new a lot of the veterans just step right up.”
For most of the runners, like Elizabeth Montero, it didn’t matter what place she finished just as long as she was able to soak up the sun and enjoy every step of the journey. She told Cayman 27, that she picked up running as a hobby 2 years ago after she quit smoking. Now she runs in all the places she visit, and treasures each race as a well earned badge of honour.