Team Diabetes finds race sweet

The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon attracted a huge number of visitors here last year, with more than 350 overseas runners participating, plus their supporters on the sidelines.  

Organizers hope to see at least that number again this year on Sunday, Dec. 1, and this is due in part to Team Diabetes from Canada who are returning for the third consecutive year. 

Team Diabetes, the activity club for the Canadian Diabetes Association, brought a contingent of 100-plus runners with their supporters last year who ran to raise funds for diabetes education and services in Canada.  

The group’s organizers say they have had such a good experience with the event and Cayman in general in the last two years that it wasn’t a difficult decision to come back again. 

“A big part of the Team Diabetes programme is the participant experience,” says Fred DeFina, the Canadian Diabetes Association’s director of community giving.  

“It is important that our participants and guests have a great experience from the initial landing at Owen Roberts International Airport – which included a special marathon immigration line that the race directors organized – to the hotel experience to the venues where we chose to host our team functions. All the venues and amenities in Cayman are first-class and ensured that our participants and guests had the experience of a lifetime.  

“In addition, we found the Cayman Islands Marathon to be well organized and the staff and organizers are easy to work with and very supportive. All our participants were treated like athletes and made to feel special and the volunteers and water stations were terrific.” 

Race director Rhonda Kelly of Kelly Holding Ltd. said: “We are so happy that the Team Diabetes group had such a wonderful time here in Cayman that they have decided to join us yet again. We, along with our amazing volunteers, do our very best to make all the runners feel welcome and enjoy the warmth and friendliness for which the Cayman Islands is known.  

“Repeat visitors such as the Team Diabetes tell us that our efforts have definitely paid off. We are grateful for their endorsement of the event, and we are looking forward to hosting Fred and his group again this year and hopefully many years to come.” 

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism’s Canada office has been instrumental in marketing the event across the country, at races such as the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Ottawa Army Run and Ottawa Marathon. The result has been a marked increase in runners from Canada. Kelly also credits the additional airline seats from Canada that Canadian-based airline WestJet provides since it started flying to Cayman three years ago.  

“We are so grateful for the Department of Tourism’s support in providing marketing opportunities for our race, and facilitating our relationships with groups such as Team Diabetes,” said Kelly.  

“We hope to increase the profile of our race and see a lot more fundraising groups join us as a result of this successful partnership with the Department of Tourism. It is about building momentum and consistency with these groups. If they have good experiences, they will grow their group as Team Diabetes did, and also spread the word to other clubs and organizations.”  

Registration for the 2013 Intertrust Cayman Islands marathon, half marathon, team relay and kids fun run is open online at Walk-in registration can also be done at the Kelly Holding office. 

The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is sponsored by Department of Tourism, Flowers Bottled Water, Gatorade, Digicel, Cost-U-Less, Breezes by the Bay Restaurant, Cayman First, Cayman National,, Conyers Dill and Pearman, Cayman Airways, 106.1 KISS FM, Marriott Grand Cayman Resort, Dolphin Discovery, Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture, 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, Jetpack Cayman and The Final Touch.  

For more information, email [email protected] or call Bev Sinclair on 946-8822. 

The group’s organizers say they have had such a good experience with the event and Cayman in general in the last two years that it wasn’t a difficult decision to come back again. 


Team Diabetes always comes from Canada in numbers.