Cayman Islands Marathon set for Sunday

The Cayman Islands Marathon, Half-Marathon and 4-person relay takes place this Sunday, 2 December starting at 5am in front of Breezes By The Bay Restaurant. The public is invited to come out and support this great charity event which raises funds for the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps and the Cancer Society.

Organisers have also introduced a Kids Fun Run this year, sponsored by the Ministry of Sports and Education, for kids ages 8 to 12 years old. This event will start at 9:30am at the Government Administration Building (Glass House) on Elgin Avenue and terminate at Breezes by the Bay, where the awards presentation will take place.

Highlights of the race this year include the introduction of awards in age categories. The top three male and female winners in the age groups of 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over will be recognized for their achievements.

Another exciting element each year is the Cayman Airways Water Stop Challenge where runners vote for the most exciting, enthusiastic, supportive water station. The Mexicans are the station to beat every year and will be facing some tough competition from such newcomers as Incredible India and Run Santa Run who will be vying hard for the five free Cayman Airways tickets that are up for grabs each year.

Organisers are asking for the public’s cooperation during the race by keeping traffic along the race route to a minimum, and in particular those people who live along the route are being asked to tie up their dogs, and turn on their Christmas lights if they have any from 4:30am on the morning of the 2nd.

Approximately 50 marathoners, 275 half-marathoners and 40 teams are expected to be running through the streets of Cayman. The race starts at Breezes and goes through South Church Street, South Sound and Old Prospect Road, after which runners turn around and go back through South Sound and then onto Walkers and Hospital Roads, Elgin Avenue, Edward and Fort Streets and back to Breezes.

Registration for the Cayman Islands Marathon, half-marathon, four-person relay and Kids Fun Run is still open at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com. Participants can also do walk-in registration at the Kelly Holding office or at the Grand Cayman Marriott between 10am and 4pm. For more information email [email protected], log on to CaymanIslandsMarathon.com, 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. All proceeds from the event goes to the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps and the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

Real estate giant RE/MAX Cayman Islands is known for its strong sense of civic duty, always supporting great causes, and the Cayman Islands Marathon has been able to benefit from this community spirit for the past two years as RE/MAX has not only been a mile sponsor for the race but has also supported the event by entering teams for the relay race and runners for the half-marathon.

This year the company is entering a team once again and two half-marathoners, and the runners are challenging other companies to get involved.

‘The Cayman Islands Marathon is a great event for the whole family and encourages everyone to get active,’ said RE/MAX Marketing Executive Janet Jarchow, who is running the half marathon. ‘It is an international event which draws a lot of tourists to the islands, and it raises money for two very important local charities. That’s why RE/MAX loves to be a part of it.’

Dillon Claassens agreed and added that it isn’t necessary to have extensive running experience, especially in the team relay and half-marathon. He and his fellow teammates of Team RE/MAX Powerhouse, Susan Boyko and Douglas Boyd, are novice runners while the fourth runner, Kerri Kanuga, took part in last year’s event.

‘Finishing is our first goal,’ says Kanuga. ‘Secondly, it would be great to do the relay in under four and a half hours.’

RE/MAX’s other half-marathoner, Amanda Brookman, has run the Cayman Islands Half-Marathon before and took up the sport to honour the memory of a friend who died of cancer.

‘I would like to encourage more companies in Cayman to support the Cayman Islands Marathon,’ says Brookman. ‘It’s a great way to get your staff involved in community efforts and get them from behind the desks and out of the boardrooms to engage in something healthy and beneficial to their overall wellbeing. Some friendly competition among staff members to build team spirit can’t hurt either!’

Registration for the Cayman Islands Marathon, half-marathon, four-person relay and Kids Fun Run is still open at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com. Participants can also do walk-in registration at the Kelly Holding office or at the Grand Cayman Marriott between 10am and 4pm. For more information email [email protected], log on to CaymanIslandsMarathon.com, 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. All proceeds from the event goes to the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps and the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

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