The Cayman Marathon will soon be ending its early bird discount.
Organisers of the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon are reminding runners that the deadline to get the cheapest registration rate in 2011 is fast approaching. Everyone is encouraged to make the commitment now for the long run on 4 December.
The registration fee for the Marathon is now CI$60 (US$75), while the Half Marathon fee is CI$40 (US$50) and registration for the Four-Person Relay is CI$128 (US$160). These rates will increase on Friday,2 September by CI$8, CI$4 and CI$16 respectively and will continue to increase until race day on Sunday, 4 December.
“The new registration fees after 1 September will still be economical but registering now will save people money, which we know will be appreciated by many these days,” explained Race Director Rhonda Kelly.
For the record Steve Speirs is the defending champion, claiming last year’s race in a time of two hours, 52 minutes and 18 seconds. The Welshman, who is based in Virginia Beach, has won the marathon the last two years and is expected to return to these shores this year for a hat-trick. Giving him competition should be tennis coach Eduardo Torres, who placed third and Beth Schreader, who was the top female finisher in 2010.
Aside from Speirs, last year’s 26.2 mile race was interesting in that it saw a record 700 participants. Over 200 of those entrants were based overseas.
Kelly states that not only could runners take advantage of the lower rates by registering early but it would also solidify their commitment to the race.
“Once you have registered you are more inclined to actually participate because you have committed financially. It also motivates you to get out there and start training. Some local runners tend to register at the last minute but we hope that these great early registration fees will be an incentive to sign on today!”
Kelly also took the opportunity to remind the public of the race’s runner loyalty programme where individual runners who have participated in the Cayman Islands Marathon or Half Marathon for three consecutive years are eligible to receive the earliest of the 2011 early bird discounts no matter when they register. Those rates – CI$60 for the full marathon and CI$40 for the half – can be taken advantage of up until the day before the race.
The programme discounts are currently available online at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com but after the registration fees increase on 2 September, eligible runners will need to register at the Kelly Holding office or mail in a registration form with their fee.
The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is sponsored by Department of Tourism, Flowers Bottled Water, Gatorade, Digicel, Kirk Freeport, Breezes by the Bay Restaurant, Cayman First, Cayman National, CayCompass.com, Conyers Dill and Pearman, Cayman Airways, NCI Services, 106.1 KISS FM, Marriott Grand Cayman Resort, Dolphin Discovery, Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture, Kelly Holding Ltd, FastSigns, RVC Rehab Services/BioFreeze, Milo, KPMG, Quaker, CUC, RE/MAX Cayman Islands, Scotiabank, Ernst and Young, Caybrew Light, Smoothie King, Harneys, Coca-Cola, KRYS Global and The Final Touch.
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