Big race appeal

The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is approaching and is expected to attract around 1,500 runners. The organizers are searching for more volunteers to accommodate the increase and help enhance the runners’ experience.

According to race director Rhonda Kelly of Kelly Holding, there are many ways that people can assist with this event on Sunday, Dec. 1, part proceeds of which go to the Cadet Corps and the Cancer Society.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles, including packet pick-up the day before the race to a slew of needs on race day including serving refreshments to the runners, back-up timing, relay shuttles, bag check in, or just cheering a tired runner on those last few yards. “Our organization of the marathon takes place year-round but the last two weeks before the race is when everything starts to come together and this is when we need the most help,” said Kelly.

“We have actually had some of our volunteers take vacation from work so that they can assist us during the week leading up to the race, which we appreciate so much.

“We need help with things like packing the runners bags, making deliveries and collecting equipment and supplies for the race. Basically, if you have the time, we’ll give you something to do.” Kelly said a significant number of volunteers for the Intertrust Cayman Marathon come from the Cadet Corps parents who come out every year to support the event and their children.

The rest are members of the community who enjoy the opportunity to be a part of a fun and inspirational event.

“We feel honored that so many volunteers come out year after year,” said Kelly. “The spirit and pride of our Caymanian community is truly felt by all of us on marathon morning.

“We absolutely cannot do this without our volunteers and they are the ones who make the runners’ race experience enjoyable and memorable.

“Every year without fail our runners give us positive feedback about the volunteers and compliment them on the great job that they do with so much enthusiasm, and so early in the morning at that. I encourage everyone to think about being a part of this amazing experience.”

Registration for the Cayman Islands Marathon, half-marathon and four-person relay is available at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com.

Participants can also do walk-in registration at the Kelly Holding office.

For more information about volunteering or registering for the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, log on to CaymanIslandsMarathon.com, email [email protected] or call Bev Sinclair on 345-946-8822.

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