Murray’s two epics will hurt

Participants in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon will have one last opportunity to be motivated and inspired just hours before they take to the streets next week.

Local runner James Murray along with American ultra runner Lisa Smith-Batchen will be speaking during packet picket up from 11am to noon and then 1pm for an hour on Saturday 3 December at the Marriott Beach Resort, giving runners last-minute tips, words of encouragement and talking about their own experiences as distance runners. The sessions are open to all registered runners.

Murray has become a champion for fitness in the Cayman community recently as a result of his plan to run 100 miles around Cayman on Saturday to raise $25,000 for the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association. A week later, he will run the Intertrust Cayman Islands full marathon on Sunday 4 December.

Murray has embarked on a personal mission to get Cayman more active and his weekly articles in The Caymanian Compass along with his passionate one-on-one interactions with just about everyone with whom he comes in contact have motivated many to register to participate in the marathon, many of whom have never taken part in any fitness activity before. As an employee at Intertrust Cayman, title sponsor of the race, Murray’s enthusiasm has yielded 30 registrations from within his own firm. Besides himself, nine are doing half marathons and there are five team entries.

Murray will speak on the topic of why would anyone ever want to run 100 Miles and why you should do it too. His goal is to share his personal story which gave birth to his crazy idea of running 100 miles and how his pursuit of this onerous task has changed his life and his perception about pushing past his limitations.

Lisa Smith-Batchen is a world renowned ultra runner who has been helping Murray prepare for his 100-mile journey and will come to Cayman to run the marathon with him next week. Smith-Batchen is the only American to have won the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara, a gruelling five-stage race over seven days in the Sahara Desert. She has also completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultra-Marathon in Death Valley nine times. Last year, she ran 50 miles in 50 US states for a total of 2,250 miles. Smith-Batchen will be speaking about The Path to Greatness and sharing what it takes to accomplish life’s goals.

“We really hope that our runners will take advantage of the opportunity to hear these amazing athletes speak,” said Rhonda Kelly, Race Director for the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon. “James and Lisa all have very unique and inspiring stories to tell and I believe that everyone will be moved to make some changes in their own lives as a result of hearing about their experiences.”

The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is also 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 & Culture, Kelly Holding Ltd, FastSigns, Tropicana Tours, RVC Rehab Services/BioFreeze, Milo, KPMG, Quaker, CUC, RE/MAX Cayman Islands, Scotiabank, Ernst & Young, Caybrew Light, Smoothie King, Harneys, Coca-Cola, KRyS Global and The Final Touch.

Registration for the 2011 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay and Kids Fun Run is open online at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com. Walk-in registration can also be done at the Kelly Holding office. For more information email [email protected] or call Bev Sinclair on 946-8822.

Registration for the 2011 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay and Kids Fun Run is open online at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com. Walk-in registration can also be done at the Kelly Holding office. For more information email [email protected] or call Bev Sinclair on 946-8822.

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