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Miss Cayman Gets Off the Couch

Miss Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks gets in shape for the 2016 Deputy Governorís 5K Challenge.

Miss Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks will help launch the GAB Walk Run Clubís Off the Couch programme on Monday evening (29th February 2016).

Ms Brooks, who works in the Department of Tourism, will join Deputy Governor Franz Manderson to kick-start the eight-week programme. It is aimed at all fitness levels from beginner walkers to seasoned runners and invites the public to join civil servants in a bid to get fit.

Organisers describe it as an ideal opportunity to get in shape for the Deputy Governorís 5K Challenge in April, which aims to raise $50,000 towards Cayman Heart Fundís appeal to buy a new ambulance for the Cayman Islands.

In fact, the Deputy Governorís 5K Challenge is the only event of its kind on-island which has a built-in training programme for participants.

ďI invite all staff in the civil service to take part, as well as walkers and runners from the private sector and other members of the public,Ē said Mr. Manderson. ďFriends and family are encouraged to come along too.Ē

The Deputy Governor has personally benefitted from walking and running, improving his own health through exercise, and is a regular participant in charity 5Ks around the island.

The GAB Walk Run Club was launched in March 2014 ahead of the inaugural Deputy Governorís 5K Challenge as a training initiative for participants. However it proved so popular that the club has continued to meet weekly on Monday evenings since then.

Off the Couch will have three walking and running options tailored to suit different fitness levels, following various routes. Anyone interested in joining is invited to meet at the staff entrance of the Government Administration Building on Elgin Avenue on Monday at 5.15pm. There is no charge to join. For more information email

The 2016 Deputy Governorís 5K Challenge will be held in Cayman Brac on Sunday, 17th April and Grand Cayman on Sunday 24th April, both at 6.30am. Registration details will be announced nearer the time.


For further information contact: Suzette Ebanks