Marathon fever seems to be taking over the Cayman Islands with numerous runners preparing for various 26.2 mile races either here or in the region in the near future.
One of them is Colin Doyle who is doing his first marathon – the Chicago – on Sunday.
“The training started nearly nine months ago when I decided that it was time to grow up a little and keep fit,” said Doyle. “There was a health scare in the family and that woke me up a little as well.
“I chose to do a marathon because you have to sign up a long time before the race and I couldn’t make an excuse to pull out.”
Doyle, 35, is the general manager at the Hard Rock Cafe. He hopes to get a second wind in the run in the Windy City.
Like many marathon runners, Doyle had the extra motivation in training from raising money for a worthy local cause. He is supporting the Acts of Random Kindness programme and its Feed Cayman initiative.
“I’m running for fitness primarily, but it seems a good reason to do it to raise awareness locally for ARK and it’s Feed Cayman Initiative,” Doyle said.
“I want to raise as much as possible for Feed Cayman. There really is an issue on the Island throughout the year of people not having enough food for their families and they unfortunately have to rely on great causes like Feed Cayman that ARK provides.”
He may do the Cayman Marathon on 2 December, depending on how well he fares in Chicago. “We will see.
Let’s finish the first marathon. I am scheduled to do the New York City marathon in four weeks’ time – but Chicago may be the decider on that as well.”