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CI Marathon record holder Grunewald succumbs to cancer

Former All-American and Cayman Islands marathon record holder Gabriele Grunewald lost her battle with cancer Tuesday (11 June) at her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was 32.

In 2009, while attending the University of Minnesota, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC). In 2010, she went onto become an All-American in her senior year placing second in the 1500-metres and later finished fourth in the 1500 meters at the 2012 Olympic Trials.

In 2013, Grunewald set the Cayman Islands half marathon record with a time of  1:21:12. She’d later win the 3000-metres U.S. indoor championship in 2014.

During her battle with cancer, she founded the ‘Brave Like Gabe Foundation’ aimed at raise awareness for her disease. Overall, she spent ten years as of the United States’ top middle-distance runners while battling cancer.

On Tuesday (11 June) evening, her husband Justin Grunwald – who owns the Cayman Islands full marathon record -posted a goodbye message on social media saying “at 7:52 I said ‘I can’t wait until I get to see you again’ to my hero, my best friend, my inspiration, my wife.”

(Photo: Legacy)

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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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