Early registrants get in cheaply

Organisers of the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon are reminding runners that the deadline to get the cheapest registration rate in 2013 is fast approaching and encouraging everyone to make the commitment now for the long run on 1 December.

The registration fee for the marathon is now $60, while the half-marathon fee is $40, and registration for the four-person relay is $128.

These rates will increase on 30 August by $8, $4 and $16, respectively, and will continue to increase until the week before the race.

“The new registration fees after 30 August will still be economical, but registering now will save people money, which we know will be appreciated by many these days,” said race director Rhonda Kelly.

Kelly said that not only could runners take advantage of the lower rates by registering early, but it would also solidify their commitment to the race.

“Once you have registered, you are more inclined to actually participate because you have committed financially,” said Kelly.

“It also motivates you to get out there and start training. Some local runners tend to register at the last minute but we hope that these great early registration fees will be an incentive to sign on today.”

Kelly also reminded the public of the race’s runner loyalty programme, in which individual runners who have participated in the Cayman Islands Marathon or half marathon for three consecutive years are eligible to receive the earliest of the 2013 early bird discounts no matter when they register.

Those rates – $60 for the full marathon and $40 for the half – can be taken advantage of up until the day before the race.

The programme discounts are available online at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com, but after the registration fees increase on 30 August, eligible runners will need to register at the Kelly Holding office or mail in a registration form with their fee.

The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is also sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Flowers Bottled Water, Gatorade, Digicel, Cost-U-Less, Breezes by the Bay Restaurant, Cayman First, Cayman National, CayCompass.com, Conyers Dill and Pearman, Cayman Airways, 106.1 KISS FM, Marriott Grand Cayman Resort, Dolphin Discovery, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Kelly Holding Ltd, FastSigns, RVC Rehab Services/BioFreeze, Milo, Coppertone, Bliss Living Yoga, Tropicana Tours, KPMG, Quaker, CUC, RE/MAX Cayman Islands, Scotiabank, Caybrew Light, Smoothie King, Harneys, Coca-Cola, KRyS Global and The Final Touch.