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Fun morning of fundraising

Sports 15 Apr, 2024 Follow News

Break the Record (BTR) runners navigating the HALF Marathon route within the safety cones. Photo by Wil Bignal

Seven Mile Beach came Alive with GA & BTR participants, volunteer teams, Professional Chefs, & much more. Photo by David Goddard

Chef Shanan Harrison (front, centre, with Ritz Carlton’s Executive Chef, Frederic Morineau (2nd from Left), and Youth Culinary Programme Director

Athletes took part in a fantastic morning of fundraising on Saturday 6 April when Guardians Alive (GA) and Break The Record (BTR) participants took part in fun runs starting at Seven Mile Beach. There was a full agenda of fun, as Mrs Adonza Harrison, Event Coordinator and Founding Director.

“Every year, we aim to improve on the previous year’s logistical experiences. This year, we didn’t just surpass our goals; we positively impacted and added value to the lives of everyone who joined us.”

This was GA’s tenth event and fundraising finale and organisers said the gathering was distinguished not only by its inclusivity but by its appeal to participants of every physical level and age, “solidifying its status as one of the island’s most treasured cultural, holistic wellness, and community events.”

GA & BTR are dedicated to elevating awareness and generating funds for essential charitable causes, with the backing of compassionate corporations and government partners, ensuring every attendee felt a profound sense of value and contribution.

By offering free participation in water wellness, 2.5k, and 5K activities, GA ensured open access to those starting their wellness journey, fostering a supportive community eager to embolden each member’s health and fitness pursuits, they said.

At the same time, BTR challenged seasoned and elite athletes to aim higher, fostering a climate of excellence and community contribution. This atmosphere of determination and camaraderie was skilfully marshalled by world class professional athletes such as Patrick Harfield, Alyssa Burgess and Gabe Rabess on bikes, alongside the cadre of RCIPS Officers led br Officer Shemar Dawkins, elite Guardians, Yazzer Abdullah, and Alicia Proud.

BTR runners pushed their limits, resulting in an exhilarating chase against the clock, on routes with inclines, to break records set in 2023. Champions included Tafari Khan, who blazed through the 5K with a remarkable time of 16:15, and Jack MacKenzie, who raced neck and neck with Sean Lilley until the last few metres and conquered the 10K in an impressive 37:01. Not to be outdone, Heather Francis set the 10K female category at 49:34, while Team GV collectively triumphed with a stellar performance of 1:30:02 in the 2-Person Half Relay. Remarkably, the records set by Michelle Vinton in the 5K Female category, and both Sean Lilley and Jalene Cruz in their respective Half Marathon categories, remain unchallenged.

BTR winners received locally crafted semi-precious Caymanite medals finisher medals were given to all, along with Casanova coupons.

This event was a testament to the spirit of volunteerism, bringing together numerous teams who served the wellness community with dedication. The finale of the event transcended physical achievements, promoting heart warming cultural engagements where everyone was invited to celebrate in the joy of community spirit. Prizes were thoughtfully selected to inspire athletes and race enthusiasts for their year-round efforts and dedication, organisers confirmed.

Visit their website www.guardiansalive345.com  and learn more.

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