Many members of the local sports fraternity usually tackle the Cayman Marathon.
A softball player/amateur golfer and a couple of tennis players will form one of the teams racing on Sunday. Sean Landreth fancies his swing on the diamond and on the greens and played a big role in forming a four-person relay with racket smashers Dale Avery, Adam Bayley and Mike Bonikowski. Landreth says his Milo Misfits came about naturally.
“Rob Seward is my tennis coach and Dale and Adam are both all-around sports guys,” Landreth said. “We pass each other running South Sound regularly. We discuss our running and sports injuries on a frequent basis. I decided, because of my ongoing shin splints, I would do the relay, Adam’s team dropped out and Dale is running the half so he will do the first leg for us and continue on to complete the half.
“My fiancé has sponsored the Milo Kids Fun Run through Jacques Scott for the past four years and we thought it would be fun to put a team into the relay. We previously competed on a team together for Jacques Scott and finished third, which we felt was a huge accomplishment. She is running the half and quite focused on that, so we could not compete together as a team this year. My physiotherapist, Tenson Edmonds, has been a guiding light in my training and I am excited to get my kinesio taping done before the run that will keep my shin splints at bay and increase my lung capacity.”
This weekend’s Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, organized by Kelly Holding, raises funds for the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps and the Cancer Society as well as other organizations. At least 100 full marathoners are entered for the 26.2 mile run with 700-plus expected to participate in the half marathon and more than 100 teams have registered for the relay, a significant increase over last year’s numbers. The race attracted a total of 1,200 runners in 2012 and there could be 200 more this time, the race’s 11th edition.
Many participants have geared up for Sunday’s challenge through various events in recent weeks like the Pirates Week 5K Run and are inspired by various charities to compete. Landreth, whose sights are on a top five finish, said the motivation is to be fit for future sporting endeavors.
“Cayman has the perfect climate to put together a marathon that appeals to runners up north. As they fight the cold and snow up there, they can take a break of the cold and come down here for a nice warm run early December, and it lines up well with the New York City and Boston marathons. It is also a huge international marketing tool for Cayman.
“Personally, my body can only handle training for a run for about four to five months of the year. So, the marathon for me is the finish line of my running for the year. I can then concentrate on my kids’ baseball and squash and get back on the tennis courts with Rob in hopes to compete in a local tennis tournament come January.”