Road runners of all abilities are primed for the biggest sporting event of the year in 10 days.
The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, half-marathon, four-person relay and Kids Fun Run is on Sunday, Dec. 1, and organizers are pleading for the public’s support and assistance as up to 1,500 runners will be involved.
The race starts at 5 a.m. at Breezes by the Bay restaurant on the waterfront and takes runners along South Church Street into South Sound, onto Old Prospect Road, where they turn around and go back onto South Sound and then up Walkers Road and Hospital Road into central George Town, crossing the finish line at Breezes.
The greatest challenge is the traffic along the route, which has posed a safety risk to runners and volunteers in the past.
Race director Rhonda Kelly is imploring the public to avoid driving on the route if possible and to take extra precautions if they have to use those particular roads.
“We are begging the driving public to please keep traffic to a minimum on these roads between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.,” appealed Kelly. “The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service traffic department will be blocking some roads, and we are so grateful to the Department and the Special Constabulary for their traffic support every year.
“We not only have more runners, but more visiting runners in the Cayman Islands for the first time who do not know our roads or our traffic laws, so we’re asking our drivers to please be kind to our runners. We want them to have a safe, memorable race experience.”
Kelly is also asking residents along the course to secure their dogs in their yards, turn on any Christmas lights they might have and come out and cheer the runners as they pass by. Letters are also being hand-delivered to residents who live along the route so that they are aware of the event.
“What we would love to see happen is for the community to embrace the marathon and actually look forward to this event, and come out and support the race,” said Kelly.
“The Cayman Marathon will never be as big as a Boston or New York Marathon, but as it continues to grow, we would like to see the Cayman community own this event as one that brings visitors to our beautiful shores, stimulates our economy in terms of money spent here by the tourists, and another way to promote the warmth and hospitality for which we are known. Therefore, we are asking for the public’s cooperation and spirit of goodwill for these few hours on Sunday.”
Registration for the 2013 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, half-marathon, team relay and Kids Fun Run is open online at CaymanIslandsMarathon.com. Walk-in registration can also be done at the Kelly Holding office.