This year, the Cayman Islands Marathon has its largest ever contingent of international runners, including once again a significant number from the UK attracted not only by the boutique appeal of the race but also by the chance to see Alicia Keys headlining the very same weekend, at the Cayman Islands annual Jazz Festival.
The Cayman Islands Marathon organisers are still keen to hear from others wishing to participate, and for the first time, this event can also be booked through specialist UK event booker, 2:09 Events. For more information on how to book visit /www.209events.com.
The marathon starts at 5am on Sunday 6 December and despite tropical temperatures with brisk offshore coastal breezes likely, the organisers promise ideal running conditions.
While it may be considerably warmer than European runners might be used to, the run, which is certified by the International Association of Athletics Federation, is fast and flat, with stunning views across the vivid blue waters and reef systems that surround the south coast of Cayman.
A Half Marathon takes place concurrently, and although both events are now attracting serious athletes, the organisers are keen to welcome anyone who is happy to walk the 13.1 miles. There is also a 4-Person Relay event and a Kids Fun Run for ages 8-12.
The organisers are providing music along the way to add some Caribbean flavour, and the streets through George Town and along the lush South Sound will be lined with well wishers.
All runners are invited to a pasta party the night before the race at Breezes by the Bay, the start and finish point.
Extra tickets are available to purchase for family and friends, who can also view the race from great vantage points along the race route. Runners will enjoy celebratory refreshments after the race.