The Red Cross is no stranger to the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, having performed an active volunteer role for many years at the event and being on the receiving end of funds raised by individuals who have run the race in support of the organisation.
This year the Red Cross staff and volunteers are increasing their participation in the 26.2 mile run by actually competing in the race itself, and they are encouraging the public to join them.
“The Red Cross has been supporting the Cayman Marathon from its inception, initially providing first aid support and more recently manning a water stop which is so much fun but to actually have our staff and our volunteers running for us now too is fantastic,” said Jondo Obi, director of the Red Cross.
“The marathon is the biggest sporting event of the year in Cayman, and we are so excited about getting more involved.
“So many people from all walks of life are touched by this event, whether they enter the race, volunteer at a water stop or simply come along to show their support.
“It really is a community affair and we hope to get more people participating in all aspects of the event.”
The Red Cross has introduced the “Running for Red” initiative for individuals and teams who want to run – or walk – for the Red Cross in the 2013 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon on 1 December.
Anyone who is interested can sign up at the Red Cross office and receive special registration discounts offered exclusively to Red Cross runners.
In addition, runners/walkers who raise $50 or more initially will get a free Running for Red vest which they can wear in the race.
“The Running For Red vests is something new that we want to give our supporters as our small way of saying thanks,” said Obi.
“This will also help with team identification and spirit and help us raise much needed awareness. Hopefully, it will be a very red marathon this year!”
Every participant who raises over $500 for the Red Cross will receive free First Aid training which normally costs $125, she revealed and a prize will be awarded to the person who raises the most money for the Red Cross.
Obi says that running for the Red Cross is all about supporting the local community and having fun while doing it.
Runners who sign up to run for red will network with a growing team and have the full support of Red Cross volunteers and supporters, both leading up to the race and on race day.
“The support that we get from the Red Cross is invaluable and we love working with Jondo, Peter Hughes and their team each year,” said Rhonda Kelly, Race Director.
“We are happy to hear that they are increasing their involvement in the event.
“If the Red Cross runners have even half as much spirit as the Red Cross volunteers do, they will definitely raise a lot of money which will help the Cayman community in so many ways.”
For more information, visit the Running for Red webpage on the Red Cross at www.redcross.org.ky or call 949-6785 ext 29 or drop into the Red Cross office in George Town.
The 2013 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, Half Marathon, 4-person relay and Kids Fun Run is on Sunday 1 December. Registration is open online at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com, and early registration rates are available for a limited time. For more information email [email protected] or call Bev Sinclair on 623-8822.
The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is sponsored by Department of Tourism, Flowers Bottled Water, Gatorade, Digicel, Breezes, Cayman First, Cayman National, CayCompass.com, Conyers Dill & Pearman, Cayman Airways, Kiss FM, Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort, Dolphin Discovery, Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports & Culture, FastSigns, RVC Rehab/Biofreeze, Milo, Coppertone, Bliss Living Yoga, Tropicana Tours, Cost-U-Less, KPMG, Quaker, CUC, RE/MAX Cayman Islands, Scotiabank, The Final Touch, Cay Light, Smoothie King, Harneys, Coca-Cola and Krys Global.