Randhy Cuevas (37) has hiked to the top of the Christoffel — Curaçao’s tallest peak at 1,292 feet — 3,680 times over the past 20 years. Three, four, five times a day, sometimes twice or three times a week. He looks to break his record of 8 minutes and 54 seconds at the end of March 2014. (It takes an average person about 1 hour to get to the top)
How? “I’m not afraid, I actually run up and down the steepest parts. And sing at the top of my lungs!”
Randhy is a man of many talents. He’s an accomplished hiker, long-distance runner, dancer, singer, volunteer, radio talk show host, to name a few. Twenty years ago, he studied to become an electrician, but he decided to wash cars instead. “I’d wash cars from 7 am to 7 pm to make ends meet, before I received a loan from SFT bank and was able to start my own business: Criss Cross Cycling Tours Curaçao.”
Climb to the Roses
On January 10, 2014, Randhy decided to put his physical prowess to awesome use:
He climbed the Christoffel 10 times over the course of 9 hours as part of ‘Climb to the Roses’ and managed to raise NAf. 32,000 ($18,250) for cancer treatment, awareness and prevention.
But the climb proved plenty treacherous.
“I’m a fighter. It takes a lot for me to give up. I trust in God and keep charging ahead. Obviously, the fundraising goal was an added incentive.”
Randhy’s extraordinary physical feat serves as inspiration for many: his hike mirrors the hardship and suffering inherent in cancer and his persevering against odds recall the slow and steady treatments towards remission.
The Eternal Optimist
Randhy is a big fan of healthy living, he sticks to a vegan diet (no meat, no eggs, no dairy) and spends a lot of time outdoors. I was surprised to learn about his interest in poetry, so I asked him to share one of his poems. Enjoy!
Buskando entre e skina nan di mundu
Tratando na enkontra e flor di mas bunita
Pero pa kapasidat ku mi wowo nan tin, mi no por a hanje.
Luchando entre e bientu nan ku ta trese ideanan na trapi di mi mente
mi kurason a resalta i bin dilanti ku sentimientu nan di balor ku ni oro i plata por surpasa.
Entre kabishamentu di buska e flor di mas bunita,
i pa gana tempu,
mi kurason a dal un gritu i bisa mi dudamentu,
para ketu i kontempla e flor di hubentut ku tin bo dilanti aki.
Ku bo a hisa tera su saya tratando na enkontra e flor di mas bunita,
i ku ounke bo hinkele den un vas di Kristal e no por surpasa su bunitesa.
Teniendo un kopia di e molde di bo bunitesa i kapasidat ku mi mente tin pa sera un amistad entre e flornan,
mi a sinkronisa mi mente i kurason,
konvensí ku e flor di mas bunita ta bo mes.
by Randhy Cuevas