The organisers of the Cayman Marathon may have had a record number of entries last week, but they are not sitting on their laurels.
Preparations are already extensively under way by the Kelly Holding team to top the 674 entries from this year and edge closer to that magic 1,000 mark.
Race director Rhonda Kelly said: ‘For next year we have had great response from Canadian runners. Tour group Run & Fun from Canada had a small group here this year and plans to come back next year with a much larger touring group for the run.
‘The Canadian Arthritis Association has a group called Joints in Motion that we have been working with over the last few months and they are bringing a big group in 2010.
Kelly is pleased that they also had great feedback from many visiting runners. With her team of Laurie-Ann Holding, Bev Sinclair and Brianne Schwartz they pulled off one of Cayman’s biggest sporting events of the year in style.
John and Reba McLaughlin from North Carolina who ran the full marathon emailed: ‘Thank you for all of your efforts in making our ’09 Cayman Marathon experience a memorable one. It was definitely one for the record books for scenery, highly supportive volunteers, friendly locals, and of course the tropical climate!’
Marathon winner Steve Speirs from Virginia email: ‘Just wanted to say thanks for putting on a fantastic event. The 6 December 2009 will be a day I’ll never, ever forget.
‘The friendliness and enthusiasm of the race crew, supporters and volunteers was superb and made for a very enjoyable race. My wife Ally struggled a little in the heat, but is already talking about a return next year so she can do better and perhaps challenge for an age-group award.
‘As for me, I’m a little surprised I held up so well in the heat and am also very keen to come back and have another crack at the marathon. I doubt I’d win again, but as with every event I enter, would do my best and give my all.
‘Also, I’m very active on various social networking web sites (Facebook, Twitter and DailyMile for example) and am doing my best to spread the word about your events. Several friends have already shown interest and I’ve been busy sending out links to the caycompass.com and cayman27.com web sites and their news coverage. Hope it helps you reach your goals for the event.’