Organisers of the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon are encouraging local runners to participate in the global Run to Work Day initiative, which will take place this Friday and benefit the families of those affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon on 15 April.
Run to Work Day (www.runtoworkday.com) urges people from all walks of life to run or walk their commute to or from work on one day out of the year and use the money that they would otherwise have spent on travel and parking to donate funds to a charity or nonprofit. All donations to the campaign will be given to the One Fund Boston, which was formed last week by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino.
“What happened in Boston touched all runners and we have responded by creating a unique way that the global running community can show their support on one day though running and donating,” said Run to Work Day co-founder Simon Blackburn.
“The organisers of the London Marathon donated £2 to the One Fund Boston for each runner who completed Sunday’s race and now Cayman Islands runners can show their support.”
Cayman Marathon organisers are asking participants to run or walk to work on Friday wearing an Intertrust Cayman Marathon finishers shirt in support of Run To Work Day and then donate to the cause.
“We were shocked and devastated by the Boston Marathon incident,” said Rhonda Kelly, the Cayman Marathon race director who was in Boston with the Department of Tourism to promote the 2013 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon but did not attend the race itself.
“We are so grateful that none of our local runners were hurt but recognise that many victims and their families are still suffering so when we were contacted by the Run To Work Day organisers and asked to promote this to our runners, we jumped at the chance to help in any way we can.”
The Cayman Islands Marathon has a long standing relationship with the Boston Marathon, having promoted Cayman’s race at the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo for the past six years.
“We love the Boston Marathon and quite a few of our runners have used our race to qualify for Boston. We know that the event will recover and we look forward to continuing to support the Boston race and expo for years to come,” Kelly said.
Kelly is asking anyone who decides to participate in Run To Work Day to post their photo on the Cayman Islands Marathon Facebook page and says that the Cayman Islands Marathon will also make a donation for every local person who supports the cause to One Fund Boston.