They need more helpers

New tourist attraction Dolphin Discovery will be helping volunteers at the Cayman Islands Marathon to discover the rewards of community service as they become the new sponsors of the Cayman Islands Marathon’s Water Stop Challenge.

Each year 13 water station teams vie for the coveted title of Best Water Stop, which is decided by the runners who vote for the most enthusiastic, efficient and unique group.

This year on 6 December, the winning water stop will collect eight Royal Swim packages which will give them the opportunity to swim and interact with the dolphins, a prize valued at around US$1,270.

The organisation has also sponsored another US$1,700 worth of swim packages that will be given to runners as prizes.

‘We were so excited when Dolphin Discovery approached us about coming on board as a sponsor,’ said Race Director Rhonda Kelly.

‘As a relatively new member to our community, we were heartened to see the enthusiasm with which the management embraced the opportunity to support the Cayman Islands Marathon. We commend them on their corporate citizenship and look forward to a mutually beneficial, long term partnership.’

‘Dolphin Discovery is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this great charity event which promotes a lifestyle of exercise and good health,’ said Montserrat Maristany, Sales Supervisor at Dolphin Discovery.

‘We think that this partnership is a great fit because just like the Cayman Islands Marathon, we are in the business of bringing tourists to this beautiful island to enjoy all of the attractions that it has to offer.’

Four members of the Dolphin Discovery staff have also signed on to be volunteers, said Kelly, but she stressed that she is still looking for reliable men and women to volunteer their time and energy for the big event which is expected to attract around 800 runners.

‘We need volunteers to put medals around the runners’ necks at the finish line, serve refreshments to the runners, assist with runner registrations, help with the timing of the event, drive relay shuttles, supervise bag check in, or just cheer a tired runner on those last few yards.’

The majority of volunteers for the Cayman Marathon are the Cadet Corps parents who come out to support the event and their children, some of whom run portions of the race.

The rest are members of the community who enjoy the opportunity to be a part of a fun and inspirational event. Many are repeat volunteers.

‘I love being a part of the Cayman Islands Marathon,’ said Pam Parsons, who has volunteered for the past two years doing everything from bag check in to clean up to serving refreshments.

‘It feels good to be a part of something bigger than yourself, to see the look of excitement and pride on the runners’ faces when they cross that finish line and the medal is placed around their necks.’

The Cayman Islands Marathon is sponsored by the Department of Tourism, the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports & Culture, Gatorade, Flowers Bottled Water, Corona Light, Digicel, Cayman National, Sagicor, Breezes By the Bay Restaurant, Dolphin Discovery, Cayman Free Press, Kirk Freeport, 106.1 KISS FM, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, RVC Rehab Services/BioFreeze, Island Companies, ESSO, Quaker, CUC, Volkswagen, Tropicana, KPMG, GNC, RE/MAX Cayman Islands and The Final Touch.

Online 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 on running the race or becoming a volunteer,

log on to CaymanIslandsMarathon.com, email [email protected] or call Bev Sinclair on 946.8822.

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