Walkers love big race too

The Intertrust Cayman Islands Half Marathon is only a couple of weeks away and organizers are letting all walkers know that they are welcome to participate.

The race route on Sunday Dec. 1 is officially open for six hours to accommodate the runners doing the full marathon (26.2 miles), making it possible for those doing the half marathon (13.1 miles) to complete at pretty much any pace they feel comfortable.

“We love having the walkers with us for the half marathon,” said Rhonda Kelly, race director. “Not only do they add to the enjoyment of the race but it’s also nice to see them along the route. They keep the course populated, which is great for a small race across such a long course.”

Kelly encourages people who have never run before to try walking the route and maintains that it is an achievable goal.

“The 13.1 miles can sound daunting to someone who has never walked that distance before but it is totally possible to do.

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“There is ample time to complete that distance and people can walk, run or a combination of both. It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how it was done. We celebrate the accomplishment with everyone who crosses the finish line.”

Kelly says that she expects the number of walkers to increase as many companies and organizations are urging their employees to get active.

“We understand that the deputy governor Franz Manderson is on a mission to get the civil service active and has got a group together who have been training to walk the half marathon, so we’re looking forward to having at least 60 civil servants with us on race day.”

Last year Manderson walked the half marathon with Wil Pineau and Eric Bush.

“A lot of companies on the island also pay for their staff to participate as part of their wellness programmes or their efforts to keep their employees healthy and active,” Kelly said. “In addition, we are going to have some Nordic walkers which is a first for us.”

Nordic walking is regular walking that is said to be made more effective by the use of specifically designed hand-held Nordic walker poles. Experts claim that Nordic walking burns up to 40 per cent more calories than regular walking and strengthens the upper body while reducing the stress on the joints.

“The Nordic walkers are not serious competitors trying to achieve a competitive time, they are really just in it for the fitness aspect, the experience and of course the sense of accomplishment that walking 13.1 miles brings, which is typical of our half marathon walkers. I hope people will come out and see for themselves how much fun the event is. They will not be disappointed.”

Registration for the marathon, half-marathon and four-person relay is open at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com. Participants can also do walk-in registration at the Kelly Holding office. For more information about the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, log on to CaymanIslandsMarathon.com, email [email protected] or call Bev Sinclair on 946-8822.

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, CayCompass.com, 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.

Kelly encourages people who have never run before to try walking the route and maintains that it is an achievable goal.

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