Business Community appreciates Cayman Marathon

As preparations for the 2006 Cayman Islands Marathon pick up pace, organizers are very pleased at the response of the business community to the request for sponsorship of the big race, which is expected to draw hundreds of overseas visitors to the island when it takes place on Sunday, 3 December.

Kelly Holding Ltd., local event management company and organizer of the marathon, have already many of the 13 mile sponsors and several official sponsors who have exclusive rights to the race.

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Digicel, Deloitte and Cayman National have come on board this year as major sponsors, with the Department of Tourism and Cayman National celebrating their 4th year of partnership with the Marathon.

Once again this year, Breezes by the Bay Restaurant is the official Marathon Party Zone. Repeat sponsors Gatorade, Flowers Bottled Water and Grand Cayman Marriott will provide the Official Sports Drink, Official Water and Official Hotel for the 3rd year, and dms Broadcasting’s Kiss 106.1 FM has come on board as the Official Radio Station.

CUC, RE/MAX Cayman Islands, Audi (Arch Automotive), Butterfield Bank, KPMG and Final Touch have agreed to sponsor a mile each which will allow them the opportunity to place banners at the race start/finish and throughout their respective miles, have their organisation’s logo on the race t-shirts and the marathon website.

‘We are so happy to have these companies on board with us. We welcome the new sponsors and thank the returning sponsors for their faith in us and this event,’ said Rhonda Kelly of Kelly Holding Ltd. ‘We have a vision for the Cayman Islands Marathon and we are so very grateful for the support we have received from the business community. We know each sponsor will recognize the value of their sponsorship and we look forward to forging lasting relationships with our new partners and building on our relationships with existing sponsors.’

‘In keeping with our ongoing commitment to supporting the community through financial sponsorship of worthy events, Cayman National is proud to be able to be a sponsor of the Cayman Islands Marathon again this year,’ said Claudia Welds, Cayman National’s Corporate Communication Senior Executive. ‘The event not only provides an opportunity to bring international exposure to the islands, but as a sponsor, we are happy to be able to contribute to the overall benefits which will be derived by the two deserving charities, The Cayman Islands Cancer Society and the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps.’

New sponsor RE/MAX Cayman Islands also cited the charity as its reason for deciding to sponsor the race. ‘RE/MAX is a strong supporter of causes related to assisting victims of cancer and research to put an end to this terrible disease,’ explained owner Kim Lund.

Rhonda says sponsorship opportunities are still available and encourages interested companies to get involved. All proceeds from the Cayman Islands Marathon go to the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps and the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

Online race registration is now available with discounted prices for early sign-ups. For more information, log on to www.CaymanIslandsMarathon.com, email [email protected] or call Sue at Kelly Holding Ltd. on 946.8822.