Hundreds of runners of all ages and skill-levels will pound the pavement during the 11th annual Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon on Sunday 1 December. The looped course hugs the southern coast of Grand Cayman and winds its way through the island’s capital of George Town, boasting a smooth and even roadway surrounded by picturesque views of turquoise seas and vibrant flora along the way.
Persons can register as a single full marathon participant, single half-marathon entrant, or as a four-person relay team; the wheelchair half-marathon and Kids Fun Run are also recent additions to the categories offered to participants wanting to enter.
Beverly Sinclair of Kelly Holding, organizers of the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, concedes the race is small and intimate but also acknowledges the participation has grown by twenty percent each year since it began in 2002. “It is a warm, friendly, and safe event and that is why runners – both local and international – keep coming back year after year,” said Bev. “We have had runners from as close as the USA and Canada, to as far as Australia, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, and Sweden.”
In 2011 the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon reached its 1000-runner milestone; the race welcomed over 1200 participants last year. “This year we will have Team Diabetes from Canada with us again. They first came in 2011 with 40 runners and returned last year with over 100! They plan to increase those numbers again this year and this is a testament to the amazing experience the group have with us.”
Competitive runners will have already started an intense training programme in preparation for the upcoming marathon, but it is not too late for persons who have not yet begun an exercise regime. Marzeta Bodden, one of the five finalists of the 2013 Young Caymanian Leadership Awards, first participated in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon in 2011 using a walking-and-jogging combination approach. She stepped up her training last year, joined a running club for support, and ran the entire half-marathon course from start-to-finish, shaving off just over forty-five minutes from her time the previous year. “Crossing the finish line with 13.1 miles behind you certainly is a very proud and exciting experience,” Marzeta shared in an interview with me. “I would certainly say to first-time runners that by just making the decision to participate in the marathon means you are already half-way there. It is really important to employ a support system of friends, family and colleagues who will encourage you along the way; but most importantly, remember to have fun and enjoy the race.”
The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is heavily supported by local businesses and Rhonda Kelly of Kelly Holding is thankful for the continued support from the community at large. “We are very grateful to all our sponsors. We do not take it lightly and we appreciate the confidence they have placed in the race.” Intertrust Group is the title sponsor of the event; whilst Cayman Airways has signed on as the official airline sponsor; and the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports & Culture, and The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism are both major sponsors of the race.
For more information about the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, and to register for this event, contact email@example.com or (345) 946-8822, or visit caymanislandsmarathon.com.
Full and Half-Marathon
Elite runners, recreational joggers, and walkers alike are all welcome to meet at the start line at 5:00am at the Breezes by the Bay restaurant on Harbour Drive, George Town.
Runners of the half-marathon will begin and end their 13.1-mile course at Breezes by the Bay, turning at Prospect Point along Old Prospect Road, whilst full marathon runners will complete the loop a second time totalling some 26.2 miles. Persons registered as part of a 4-person relay team will run approximately 6.5 miles from one turning point to the next.
All runners will receive in their race package a personalized bib and time chip to be worn on race day. Participants can also look forward to hearing Bev and team cheer them on at the finish line where runners’ names are announced over the loudspeaker. A unique three-dimensional medal is awarded to all persons who complete the race.
Kids Fun Run
Children between the ages of 5 through 11 can participate in the half-mile Kids Fun Run starting at 10:00am at the Government Administration Building on Elgin Avenue and finishing at Breezes by the Bay. Race packets for children include an event t-shirt and bib to be worn during the race.
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Published: Skies Magazine, September 2013