Just days before race day, organisers of the Cayman Islands Marathon are still working hard to secure great prizes for runners, the latest acquisition being a pair of TAG Heuer watches for the top male and female marathon finishers.
The two TAG Heuer Aquaracer Quartz watches carry a retail value of US$1295 each and offer a unique combination of precision, comfort, and unrivalled readability. They were specifically designed for sailing races and tested by the China Team, challenger for the America’s Cup 2007. With all its sporting functions, the Aquaracer Calibre S Regatta is also a prestigious and fashionable timepiece for everyday wear according to the company website tagheuer.com.
TAG Heuer, distributed locally by Kirk Freeport, is also donating TAG t-shirts and hats which runners will get in their goodie bags.
‘We are so excited that TAG has agreed to partner with the Cayman Islands Marathon again this year,’ said Race Director Rhonda Kelly of Kelly Holding Ltd. ‘Our runners really appreciated the TAG shirts that they received last year, and we are so happy that the company continues to find ways to support our race besides donating the watches such as the goodies for the runners’ bags. The TAG brand definitely enhances the profile of the race, and we know that the lucky winners of the TAG watches will truly enjoy these beautiful, quality timepieces.’
All finishers of the Marathon, Half-Marathon and 4-Person Relay will receive a specially designed medal and a certificate of participation. In addition, this year the event is introducing age category awards so that the opportunities to win are improved. The top three runners, male and female in each category, will receive trophies. The age categories are 19 and under, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60 and over.
Other prizes include airline tickets from Cayman Airways, Maui Jim Sports Sun Glasses donated by Island Companies, mobile phones from sponsor Digicel, various restaurant gift certificates and spa certificates, and a weekend getaway for a family at a Rum Point condominium.
‘We are so grateful to all of our supporters who have provided us with these great gifts for our runners,’ says Ms. Kelly. ‘I don’t think anyone runs 26.2 miles or 13.1 miles just to win a prize but it is a bonus and a reward which can prove very motivational.’
Kelly says the ultimate goal is to offer cash prizes to runners. This is something organisers are working on for future races. ‘Most marathons offer some kind of monetary award for runners’ efforts. This enhances the credibility of the race for a serious athlete, and raises the level of participation.’
Registration for the Cayman Islands Marathon, half-marathon and four-person relay is available at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com. Participants can also do walk-in registration at the Kelly Holding office. For more information log on to CaymanIslandsMarathon.com, email [email protected] or call Sue Greene on 345.946.8822.
The Cayman Islands Marathon is sponsored by Digicel, Department of Tourism, Flowers Bottled Water, Progressive Distributors/Gatorade, Deloitte, Cayman National, 106.1 KISS FM, Cayman Airways, Cayman Free Press, Kirk Freeport, Sagicor, Breezes By the Bay Restaurant, BioFreeze/RVC Rehab Services, Grand Cayman Marriott Resort, Island Companies, RE/MAX Cayman Islands, Audi, ESSO, Red Sail Sports, Royal Bank of Canada, CUC, Tropicana Juice and The Final Touch.