Unity of the Cayman community

We are now in crunch time with our preparations for this year’s
Intertrust Cayman Marathon.

The big event is just more than a week away and for most of you this
week will be another taper week with a focus on remaining healthy until 4

However, this isn’t the case for me as I gear up for my 100-mile run
around the island this Saturday.

The run will kick off at 6.30am on Saturday from Camana Bay (outside
Books & Books) as part of the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association 5k fun
and the remaining 97 miles will take us through most of the Island, including
the Dyke roads and the Mastic Trail (weather permitting). Please feel free to
join us at any point along the way.

An extreme run a week before a race is exactly what you shouldn’t do as
part of your race preparation. This is one of those cases where you should do
as I say and not as I do. I can tell you now my performance the following week
in the Intertrust Cayman Marathon will suffer from this endeavour. I just hope
my body will forgive me in time to fulfil my ambitious plans.

With the preparations for our run almost done, I am happy to say the
organising of our event has reinforced one of my favourite aspects of the
living on this island, which is the unity of the Cayman community.

In the past, when I’ve had visitors come to the Grand Cayman and their
numbers exceeded the beds I had available in my abode, my generous friends have
come through and graciously assisted with our shortage and this event was no
different with Lisa from the Villas of the Galleon generously donating accommodations
for Gerry Martinez and Lisa Smith-Batchen.

When our original plans for a support van for our run fell through,
Danny O’Hara from Prestige Motors/Economy Car Rental stepped forward and
donated a vehicle for the entirety of the run. Adam Cockerill and IT Outsource
made it possible for our project to communicate through social media with our
amazing website. 

As part of our fundraising efforts the extremely kind Paul Njoka
donated a flight for a raffle and Shelly Cox and Morgan Malewicz have all donated
time and effort to our cause as well as my loving girlfriend, Lauren, who has
done more than I could ever ask. 

The list of friends who have supported me throughout could easily fill
this entire article. In fact, my attempt to inspire the community may have
fallen on deaf ears if not for the Caymanian Compass providing me this forum
each Thursday in their health section.

My point is that there are numerous people on this beautiful island who
choose not to participate directly in events like our 100-mile run or the
Intertrust Cayman Marathon, but instead work behind the scenes volunteering
their time and resources to make them happen.

Coach Jerry Harper is a perfect example of the gracious values found in
Cayman. His efforts are well known and appreciated by those in the running
community. He is a staple at almost all of the athletic events on the island
and many of them would never happen without his time or commitment. On behalf
of all the runners in Cayman, I’d like to thank you, Jerry, for all of your
hard work and efforts.

For those of you who, for one reason or another, are unable to
participate in this year’s Intertrust Cayman Marathon, you might want to
consider following in Jerry’s footsteps and taking on a role as volunteer for
the 4 December race, working at the race package pick up or at a water station
or as a course marshall directing runners. 

With the race numbers expected to grow beyond the 1,000 person mark for
the first time in the race’s history, I know the extra hands would be much
appreciated. Speaking of hands, I know they are also looking for massage
therapists to volunteer at the massage tent. Contact Rhonda Kelly at Kelly’s
Holdings at [email protected] if you’d like to get in on what goes
on behind the scenes.

Finally, if you’re not able to commit to a role as a race volunteer,
we’d love to have you come out on and fill a spot along the side lines of the
course and cheer the runners onto the finish. 

I can tell you from experience that there is nothing like a few
encouraging words from a passerby to spur you on through the tough times and
there are always tough times, so the more people cheering, the easier it is to
forget about those times. You might want to bring a chair, sunscreen and some
water and make a morning out of it. Admission is free.    

That’s all for this week. Next week, I’ll cover the last-minute
preparations and the all important pre-race meal. 

Until next then don’t stop running and if you happen to see me running
on Saturday during my 100 miles, be sure to honk or shout a word of
encouragement, it will help me more than you know!



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