Wheelchairs added for race

Organisers
of the Cayman Islands Marathon will allow wheelchair athletes to officially
compete in the half marathon event as a result of the introduction of a
wheelchair category.

For the past two years, Ryan
Chalmers and Brian Siemann, both accomplished wheelchair racers, have
participated in the marathon as part of a trial by the organisers to assess the
feasibility of opening up the race to wheelchair athletes but this year the race
is open to any wheelchair athlete who would like to register for the half marathon.
A new registration category has been created on the CaymanIslandsMarathon.com
website for wheelchair participants and awards will be given to the first three
chairs to cross the finish line. 

“We are very excited about this new
addition to our race as we think it will enhance the event, and attract a whole
new demographic to the Cayman Islands,” said Rhonda Kelly, race director. “We
anticipate that this particular category will become quite popular and we cannot
wait to see more wheelchair athletes ‘rolling’ through the streets of Cayman.”

“I’m delighted to learn there will
be a wheelchair division in this year’s Cayman Islands Marathon,” said Roger
Muller, founder and president of Stay-Focused Cayman Ltd, the organisation that
has enabled Chalmers and Siemann to race in the Marathon and lobbied for the
official inclusion of a wheelchair division. Stay-Focused’s mandate includes
increasing awareness in Cayman of the potential of all people with
disabilities. “We have been fortunate to have two wheelchair athletes participate
in the Marathon in the past two years in hopes of creating this favourable
outcome. This is an excellent decision on the part of the organising committee
and will enhance the overall quality of an already well-organized and successful
event.”

Kelly explained that just as in
previous years, the wheelchairs would start a few minutes before the other
competitors in order to ensure maximum safety 
No wheelchair racers have registered yet but Kelly mentioned that there
may be a few travelling with the Run n Fun running club that will be coming
from Canada for the race.

The Cayman Islands Marathon is
sponsored by the Department of Tourism, the Ministry of Health, Environment,
Youth, Sports & Culture, Gatorade, Flowers Bottled Water, Digicel, Cayman
National, Cayman First, Breezes By the Bay Restaurant, Dolphin Discovery,
CayCompass.com, Kirk Freeport, 106.1 KISS FM, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach
Resort, RVC Rehab Services/BioFreeze, Digital de Sign, NCI Services, Milo, Arch
Automotive, Quaker, CUC, KPMG, GNC, RE/MAX Cayman Islands, Scotiabank, Appleby
and The Final Touch.

Registration for the
Cayman Islands Marathon, half-marathon, four-person relay and Kids Fun Run is
open at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com. 
Participants can also do walk-in registration at the Kelly Holding
office in Selkirk Plaza. For more information log on to CaymanIslandsMarathon.com,
email [email protected] or call Bev Sinclair on 345.946.8822.

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