The third race of the Dive BVI 5k series continued on Virgin Gorda last Saturday with its largest turnout

so far, according to organiser, Casey McNutt.

Fifteen runners competed in the event, almost double the average turnout that the race normally has.

“We are trying to get as many community people out as we can,” Ms. McNutt said after the race.

Saturday’s race was made up of several long-time supporters along with four “tourists.”

“It was a great turnout,” Ms. McNutt said.

She credits the larger turnout to more people becoming aware of the event.

“Something like this brings the community together on a healthy scale,” she said. “We all have something in common. We all push each other.”

The race started at the HLSCC campus in Spanish Town and headed towards Spring Bay where runners turned around and headed back to the finish.

Ms. McNutt said the event is competitive, but for newcomers the goal is just to finish. In an e-mail she said there was “fierce competition in the men’s 40-49 age group and three runners under 16 years old.” She also noted that Colin Joseph improved his time by more than five minutes.

The last race of the series will be held on April 9.

See results in the March 24, 2011 issue.