The CariFin Games 2015 kicked off one month ago with our torch run and here we are, six events later, eagerly awaiting the grand finale- the CariFin Games Cross Country and Family Fun Day. Our nine teams have competed with great enthusiasm and vigour this year and they are preparing themselves for the final and no doubt most gruelling race of the competition. We spoke to some of our top place runners from the previous events to hear about their plans going into this race. Here is what they had to say:-
Ryan O’Neil- “So far I have only been preparing mentally. My goal is just to have fun.”- Sounds pretty low key coming from the guy who has topped all events in the Urban Challenge thus far and is going into this event in first place.
John Donaldson- Expecting to finish the Cross Country… “Hopefully (in) the same time as last year or faster”. The reigning champion of this event has been preparing by doing 3-4 long runs per week. Does he have what it takes to make it two in a row?
Jedidiah Benjamin- Currently in 2nd place on the leaderboard, he indicated that he is unsure if he would be running on Sunday as he is participating in Fusion the day before. His training consists of hill training, running and strength training. In the event that he runs, there is only one goal on his mind, “To beat Ryan O’Neil!”.
Adona Joseph- Her first time participating in the CariFin Games but she is certainly one to look out for. She has placed in the top 3 in the 3 Urban challenge events and is the 2015 Aerobics champion. Currently she is in 1st place among the females on the leaderboard, let’s see if she can end this year as the Carifin female champion.
Susan Russell- A regular in the CariFin Games, she started off strong in the first 2 events, however, Chancellor turned out to be her downfall. However, Susan has been known for her ability to do well in the Cross Country race. A good run on Sunday can result in a 2nd or 1st place overall finish in this year’s games.
Jilleta Landeau- “Hoping to do my best.”– Currently in third place in the female runners. A poor performance or absence on the day from Susan Russel or Adona Joseph can work in her favour. Let’s see if she has what it takes as her current training involves preparing for Fusion which takes place the day before.