Volunteer and you might fly

Organizers of the Cingular Wireless Cayman Islands Marathon in association with Texaco have announced that applications for the management of water stations during the race are now available, and are advising those people who are interested in manning water stations this year to sign up as soon as possible.

‘Water stations play an essential role in the success of a marathon and our 13 water station teams for the 2003 race were absolutely fantastic!’ raves race organiser Rhonda Kelly. ‘They were enthusiastic, full of encouragement, and most importantly they got the job done, handing out hundreds of glasses of water and Gatorade to thirsty runners.’

According to Rhonda, there are 13 water stations to be supervised and any person over the age of 18 qualifies to man one. Teams must consist of five or more people.

‘It doesn’t matter if it’s a company or just a group of friends or family members. The goal is to have the most creative, motivating and exciting station. The only qualifications necessary are a lot of enthusiasm, a willingness to help and the ability to get up at 4:00 in the morning,’ says Rhonda.

Once again this year, the runners will be voting for the best water station along the route and the victorious team will win five Cayman Airways return tickets, a prize that proved quite an incentive last time, says Rhonda.

‘Last time, Team Viva La Mexico! was voted best water station by the runners with The Cheerleaders coming in a close second and The Cheerleaders have already called to say they want to be included and are ready to vie for the prize this year,’ Rhonda explained. ‘We are looking forward to seeing what they are going to do to top their performance from last year.’

The Cingular Wireless Cayman Islands Marathon in association with Texaco takes place on Sunday, 5 March 2005. Other sponsors and supporters include the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Cayman Airways, Z99, Cayman National, Flowers Bottled Water, Gatorade, The Final Touch, KPMG and CUC.