The Cayman Islands Marathon takes
place on Sunday, 5 December and organisers are reminding everyone that online
registration is open at www.CaymanIslandsMarathon.com,
People are encouraged to make their
commitment now and start training toward the big race. The 2009 event was a phenomenal
success that resulted in some much appreciated funding for several worthy
organisations on the island.
The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps and
the Cancer Society are the official beneficiaries of all of the proceeds from
the Cayman Islands Marathon, which takes place every year on the first Sunday
of December. The 2009 race netted $3000 for the Cadets and $1900 for the Cancer
In addition, a few runners made
their participation in the Marathon more meaningful by raising funds for other
organizations in the community that rely on the benevolence of the public. Marit Hudson, an associate at Appleby, raised
$885 for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre as a result of her competing in the
full marathon while Campbells’ attorney Alistair Walters raised $4500 for
Rotary’s scholarship fund.
“The amount of the donations we
give to the Cadets and the Cancer Society is based on the amount of
registrations received so the more runners we get, the more money we are able
to give,” explained Rhonda Kelly, Race Director. “The Cadets receive a more
significant portion of the proceeds from the registrations as they are the main
charity, the reason why the Marathon was started in the first place. However,
as the event continues to grow, both organisations will see considerable
benefits to being a part of this event. It also motivates the charities to find
ways to help the event to grow as they take ownership of the race. We are looking forward to giving much more
money to these groups this year.”
Online registration and marketing
for the event has begun in earnest. Organisers
recently promoted the race at the Boston Marathon in partnership with major
sponsor the Department of Tourism and will also market in other regions of the
US and Canada throughout the year.
Race Director Rhonda Kelly revealed
that a number of running clubs have committed to this year’s race including
Joints In Motion, the Arthritis Foundation’s athletic training program which
trains people to run or walk a marathon or half marathon and then travel to an
exciting destination. Kelly says 75
runners have committed to the Cayman Marathon.
Run and Fun, a tour operator out of Canada who brought a group of about
20 runners last year, will be back again with a bigger contingent.
The Cayman Islands Marathon is
sponsored by Department of Tourism, Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth,
Sports & Culture, Gatorade, Flowers Bottled Water, Digicel, Cayman
National, Sagicor, Breezes By the Bay Restaurant, CayCompass.com, Kirk
Freeport, 106.1 KISS FM, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Dolphin Discovery,
BioFreeze/RVC Rehab Services, Quaker, CUC, Volkswagen, KPMG, Appleby,
Scotiabank, RE/MAX Cayman Islands and The Final Touch.
The children’s portion of the 2009
Cayman Marathon, called the Kids Fun Run, awarded George Town primary school students
with free TCBY treats for having the most participants.
For more information email
[email protected] or call Bev Sinclair on 345.623.8822.