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Kanuga 35th overall at ‘hottest ever’ Badwater 135

Cayman’s distance running specialist Kerri Kanuga fought through grueling conditions 23-25 July to place 35th overall at the Badwater 135 Ultra Marathon in Furnace Creek & Lone Pine, California.

Running 135 miles non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, Kanuga, 48, finished in a time of 38:25.05.

“It was the hottest year on record for the race. I am happy to have finished as so many excellent athletes unable to complete. The temperature at the night start was 118 and it only got hotter from there. Daytime temperatures were 127 and above.”

Known as the ‘World’s Toughest Foot Race’, Kanuga was slightly off her 2017 pace when she finished 32nd overall with a time of 36 hours, 39 minutes and 18 seconds. She added, however, the 2018 edition did not see as many runners cross the finish line compared to the 75 from 2017.

“I am thrilled to have a top 10 female finish and my 3rd Badwater belt buckle. Only 69 were handed out this year. Also, I melted 2 pairs of shoes.”

 

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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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