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Deputy Governor Franz Manderson crosses the DG5k finish line
The 2018 DG's 5k is raising funds for Feed Our Future, Kiwanis and Meals on Wheels.
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The DG’s 5K Challenge is an annual event led by Deputy Governor Hon. Franz Manderson, bringing together civil servants, ...

The DG’s 5K Challenge is an annual event led by Deputy Governor Hon. Franz Manderson, bringing together civil servants, private sector employees and members of the general public in a fitness and fundraising challenge. This is part of the Deputy Governor’s vision to have a healthier, more active and more socially engaged civil service, while benefitting charitable organisations and initiatives in the Cayman Islands.

New This Year, in addition to Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, the event will also be held for the first time in Little Cayman.

The 2018 DG's 5k Challenge dates are:

  • Sunday April 15th in Cayman Brac
  • Sunday April 22nd in Little Cayman
  • Sunday April 29th in Grand Cayman - Route Map

2018 Fund-raising Target: $60,000 (same as last year, although the total raised in 2017 was $85,000)

2018 Beneficiaries: To mark the fifth anniversary of the DG’s 5K Challenge, the Deputy Governor has chosen five good causes to benefit from the fundraising event. They are:

  • Grand Cayman:
    • Feed Our Future (www.feedourfuturecayman.org)
    • Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels (www.mealsonwheels.ky)
    • Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman. Kiwanis Buy a Kid Breakfast programme (www.kiwanis.ky)
  • Cayman Brac:
    • Kirkconnell Community Care Centre (for provision of meals).
  • Little Cayman:
    • Primary school (for a “grow box”)

Previous Years
2017: $85,000 raised for YMCA of the Cayman Islands to help build a ropes challenge course. The course is currently being built by Field of Dreams and will help the young people of Cayman with learning and life skills.
2016: $60,000 raised for Cayman Heart Fund to help buy an ambulance, which was donated to the Health Services Authority for the people of the Cayman Islands.
2015: $50,000 raised for Special Olympics Cayman Islands to help athletes attend the Special Olympic Games in Los Angeles the following summer.
2014: $12,500 for Cayman HospiceCare towards new building currently being constructed on West Bay Road.

Participate: The DG’s 5K Challenge walk/run is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Everyone in the Cayman Islands is invited to take part.

Sponsor: There are a number of sponsorship opportunities for companies and individuals to support the event. Please contact SupportDG5k@gov.ky for details.

Donate: Donations are gratefully accepted regardless of participation level. Email SupportDG5K@gov.ky to request pick-up of a financial contribution. Cheques should be made payable to Cayman Islands Government, with memo: “DG’s 5K Challenge 2018”. Cheques can also be mailed to Portfolio of the Civil Service, Attn: Nadisha Walters, CFO, 133 Elgin Avenue, Government Admin. Bldg. Box 117, Grand Cayman, KY1-9000.

Timing: Participants should only wear their own personally assigned race bib, which has an embedded timing chip linked to their name. Race bibs should be not be shared or switched with another participant or attached to strollers, or other moving objects.

T-Shirts: There will be limited edition t-shirts/tank tops to commemorate the occasion, provided on a first-come first-served basis.

Online registration: Register for the DG’s 5K Challenge from April 1st at www.caymanactive.com/registrations

Awards & Prizes: Trophies and medals will be awarded on race day at for multiple categories in the timed race and there will be numerous raffle prizes to be won for all other participants in the event.

Entry fees: $25 for 18 & older. $10 for 17 & younger

Facebook page: “Like” the DG’s 5K Challenge Facebook page to keep up with all the event news and photos. Please share our posts to spread the word.

Hashtag: #DG5KChallenge2018

Need more information? Email dg5k@gov.ky 
or call 244-3609 (Grand Cayman), 244 6672 (Cayman Brac)

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  • The Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge was held for the first time on Little Cayman on Sunday, 22 April 2018, with nearly half the population signing up for the event. More than 60 people registered and around 45 actually participated in the walk/run, which was raising money for a “grow box” at the... The Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge was held for the first time on Little Cayman on Sunday, 22 April 2018, with nearly half the population signing up for the event. More than 60 people registered and around 45 actually participated in the walk/run, which was raising money for a “grow box” at the island’s two-student school.

    “We had a great time on Little Cayman, with an amazing turnout for our debut there,” said Deputy Governor Franz Manderson. “As our focus is on wellness and nutrition this year, it’s fitting that the children learn how to grow their own vegetables.”

    The winner of the Little Cayman race was George Weston from Harneys law firm, who has been working in the Cayman Islands since the company’s offices in the British Virgin Islands were hit by a hurricane at the end of last year.

    Little Cayman residents Stafford Ambersley and Ian Crocker, took second and third place, respectively.

    The event had a distinctly laid-back island vibe, with chocolate croissants at the half-way point, and some participants facing a short delay while a plane crossed the route.
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