All set for the marathon slog

The Cayman Islands Marathon, Half-Marathon and 4-Person Relay takes place this Sunday, starting at 5am in front of Breezes By The Bay Restaurant on the waterfront.

The public is invited to come out and support this great charity event which raises funds for the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps and the Cancer Society as well as other organisations.

By Wednesday, 71 full marathoners, 364 individuals participating in the half marathon and 65 teams had registered for the race, a significant increase over the numbers from last year – and the usual flurry of last minute entries is yet to come.

The Kids Fun Run, sponsored by the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth Sports & Culture will start at 10:30am at the Government Administration Building (Glass House) on Elgin Avenue and end at the Breezes By The Bay finish line. This event is free for students between the ages of 7 to 12.

Derek Haines and Naomi Mitten will have collectively raised enough for the Special Olympics organisers to buy a new bus and to help with the youth rugby programme.

The top three male and female marathoners and half marathoners in the 29 and under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over age categories will be awarded for their achievements as well as the top three teams. The wheelchair half marathon category has also been made official and the top three wheelers will receive awards also.

Another exciting element each year is the Water Stop Challenge where runners vote for the most exciting, enthusiastic, supportive water station. The Challenge is being sponsored again by Dolphin Discovery and the winning water stop will win the chance to swim with the dolphins at one of Cayman’s most exciting attractions. School Time, Indian Champs, International Waters and Step Ahead Physio are just some of the groups vying for the top spot.

“We are looking forward to a fun, safe and exciting race this weekend,” says race director Rhonda Kelly. “This event is so inspirational and at times so emotional. We are just thrilled to be able to share these milestones and great moments with our runners.”

And what great moments are expected. Australian marathon man Tristan Miller will complete his 50th marathon in his mission to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks and raise money for UNICEF and Facing Africa; a group of 40-plus out of Canada will be running to raise funds for The Arthritis

The wheelchair half marathon category is official and past participants Ryan Chalmers and Brian Siemann will be back to celebrate the news.

About 200 overseas runners accompanied by family and friends are expected, with two running clubs, Joints In Motion and Run ‘N Fun out of Canada bringing approximately 75 Canucks to these shores.

Organisers are asking for the public’s cooperation during the race by keeping traffic along the race route to a minimum, and in particular those people who live along the route are being asked to secure their dogs in their yards, and turn on their Christmas lights if they have any from 4:30am on Sunday morning.

The race starts at Breezes and goes through South Church Street, South Sound and Old Prospect Road, after which runners turn around and go back through South Sound and then onto Walkers and Hospital Roads, Elgin Avenue, Edward and Fort Streets and back to Breezes.

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

Registration for the Cayman Islands Marathon, half-marathon, four-person relay and Kids Fun Run is still open at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com
Participants can also do walk-in registration at the Kelly Holding office or at the Grand Cayman Marriott on Saturday, 4 December between 10am and 3pm. For more information email [email protected], log on to CaymanIslandsMarathon.com 
or call Bev Sinclair on 623.8822.

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Mitten and Haines have raised thousands for good causes. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED
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