Seasoned and rookie runners near and far are gearing up to go the distance at the annual Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon; and so are hundreds of children and high school students, too. In addition to the adult individual runners and teams competing in the highly anticipated running event are hundreds of local and visiting school-aged children who will earn their own bragging rights at having completed 26.2 miles of activity – the total distance of a full marathon – along one of the world’s flattest courses.
The Milo Kids Fun Run is open to children between the ages of five and 12 years old who will run, walk, swim or hike a total of 25.5 miles leading up to the event during their school-assigned physical exercise class or with their friends and family. The remaining 0.7 mile run on race day takes the participating children on a journey through central George Town, Grand Cayman where they are cheered on and encouraged across the main finish line by thousands of spectators. Separately, high schoolers between the ages of 12 and 19 years old are challenged to participate in the CUC High School relay race and, collectively in groups of four, will also complete the full marathon distance.
Backed by the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports, the event is an ideal opportunity for families to bond and work towards a mutual goal that encourages team spirit and a healthy lifestyle across the entire household. Among other useful race information on the Marathon website are training tips by experienced fitness trainer Laura Ribbons of Fitness Connection, who will lead the junior runners in a fun warm up session prior to race start. She instructs participating families to ensure everyone is receiving adequate rest and is not being pushed too hard, too quickly. Registered nutritionist Andrea Hill also offers complementary advice in regards to fuelling you and your child’s body for exercise before, during and after the race.
Children registering for the Milo Kids Fun Run should register online as soon as possible to allow adequate time for the child to build up their mileage. The first 500 registrants of the Milo Kids Fun Run will run free of charge. Participants of the CUC High School Challenge and parents are also encouraged to register in advance, however late registrations are accepted between 10:00am and 3:00pm on Saturday 5 December during packet pick-up at the Westin Casaurina Resort and Spa. All participants will receive a race shirt, bib and a swag bag of goodies. One lucky child of the Milo Kids Fun Run will also walk away with a Milo-sponsored prize at the end of the race.
The race is set to begin at 10:30am in front of the Government Administration Building on Elgin Avenue. Popular hit music station X107.1 will also be at the event entertaining the crowd and keeping everyone pumped up.
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Published: Skies Magazine, November 2015
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