The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon was hugely successful last year, boasting 20 per cent growth which resulted in a record breaking 1,200 runners and some much appreciated funding for worthy local organisations.
The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps and the Cancer Society are the official beneficiaries of proceeds from the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, which runs every year on the first Sunday in December. The 2012 event netted $5,100 for the Cadets and $2,000 for the Cancer Society.
The Cadet Corps has allocated funding for the travel expenses for a group of 16 Cadets, who will participate in the International Cadet Challenge in Barbados in July. This event, which attracts Cadet Corps from around the Caribbean and the world, will allow Cayman’s Cadets to compete in several activities including an individual and team triathlon, tactical assault manoeuvre challenge, military obstacle course, drill competition and a march and shoot challenge.
Many people like to make their participation in the marathon more meaningful by raising money for other nonprofit organisations.
Last year, Louane Martins Silva, a volunteer at the Humane Society, ran the 26.2 miles for the second time and her generous community spirit raised several hundred dollars for the animals at the shelter.
Derek Haines, who has raised hundreds of thousands over the years through the Cayman Islands Marathon, raised around $90,000 in 2012 for a new chemotherapy unit at the Health Services Authority and Suzanne Jensen, who runs the half marathon annually, ran for the Red Cross and raised a little more than $1,000.
“The amount of the donations we give to the Cadets and the Cancer Society is based on the amount of registrations received so the more runners we get, the more money we are able to give,” said Rhonda Kelly, race director.
“We broke the 1,000-runner mark in 2011 and last year we hit 1,200, which included about 350 visitors from the USA, Canada and Europe.
“These are exciting times and we are delighted that we are able to share this achievement with these great organisations. We look forward to giving much more money to these charities in 2013 as the race continues to grow.”
Bev Sinclair of Kelly Holding presented the Cadets their cheque to Company Sergeant Major Natalie Williams and Major Ricardo Henry.
The 2013 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, Half Marathon, four-person relay and Kids Fun Run is on Sunday 1 December. For more information, email [email protected] or call Bev Sinclair at 623-8822.