There were many great moments in Sunday’s Cayman Marathon. The island’s fastest two women, Beth Schreader and Krissy Dooling won the marathon and half marathon respectively and set up a mouth-watering clash for next year.
Apart from the triumphs for the elite runners, many others enjoyed the event for other reasons. Tireless Australian Tristan Miller completed his 50th marathon in his mission to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks and raise money for UNICEF and Facing Africa. A group of 41 out of Canada ran to raise funds for The Arthritis Society, one of them Mark Trenton who is did his 23rd marathon in honour of his 16-year old daughter who was diagnosed with arthritis at age seven, and has raised over $50,000 for the Arthritis Society.
Cayman resident Damien McGovern ran his first 26.2 mile event in a good time of 3 hours 44 minutes and 27 seconds. Governor Duncan Taylor is a real action man. He was in the four-team relay with a group that included deputy chief officer for tourism Dalton Watler, Jim Fraser and Jody McFarland.
There were many amusing costumed characters at the water stops, including a Flintstones station at Prospect Point, the Indians along South Sound and various Christmas outfits.
Canadians Owen and Ingrid Barnes celebrated their honeymoon and completed the half marathon together and Noel Tucker from Oklahoma did her second marathon, having completed her first one exactly 30 years ago to the day of the Cayman race. Her time of 4:02:13 was incredibly fast too for a novice in a tropical climate. She wanted the Cayman Islands to be her second long run and she brought her husband, daughter, sister and in-laws along for the fun.
One of the quirkiest full marathon runners was MacDonald Machigura who ran the last stretch in a bridal veil in honour of his soon-to-be bride Clare. Bless!